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“…the carefree scoundrel and the sensitive spinster…” – The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander

My not so bad habit of judging a book by it’s cover had me snatching this book up at the local drugstore where it has languished in my TBR pile for a few years. I was always going to get … Continue reading

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“It is only unnatural in the sense that there are human beings who can do this sort of thing to other human beings.” – Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse

I am woefully behind in both reading and reviewing. It is taking me FOREVER to read these days and when it takes weeks to read something I have zero interest in reviewing it right away. So, here I am, ages … Continue reading

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“…friendship is hard to define.” – Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

This was the March pick for my book club. We were set to meet as the stay at home orders started so we obviously didn’t get to discuss it. A member of the club pointed out the irony of having … Continue reading

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“What a lovely creature you are.” – The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

This is a hard book to review or it may be that this is a hard time for me to write a review. I thought that reading would be a refuge for me as we self isolate but concentrating enough … Continue reading

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“Her chatty and nervous daughter, and the quiet, thoughtful person she paid to love her.” – Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Reid’s debut novel definitely got a lot of advance press. Everyone was buzzing about it. For the most part, everything that I read highlighted the same plot point: The young black babysitter of a white little girl is detained and … Continue reading

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“A theater for my unquiet mind.” – The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn

My mother is a reader but unfortunately it is rare for us to share a book that we both enjoy. Occasionally though, we hit upon one that pleases us both. She tends to think that the books that I read … Continue reading

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“…another man and what he wanted from me was the last thing I needed .” – Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

This was a popular CBR11 book and I mostly agree with everyone’s previous reviews. It is a truthful, funny, and often cringe-inducing look at a young woman in crisis. Queenie is 25 years old, uninspired by her job, and going … Continue reading

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“Ye’ll maybe find a use for yourself.” – Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon

Many of the book series that I enjoy have novellas or short stories available electronically. I’m not a Kindle person so I generally end up missing out on these smaller literary nuggets that explore secondary characters or flesh out backstories. … Continue reading

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“Have you lost your mind? Experienced religion? Or any other dreadful thing?” – Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas Treasury by Louisa May Alcott

I love Christmas. As my kid says, there are more holiday songs on my “Holly Jolly” play list than there are days in the year. I bake an insane number of cookies and start watching Christmas movies in November. Yep, … Continue reading

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“It’s why you jump in the first place..” – The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

The plot of Crane’s young adult novel sounded intriguing when my book club picked it for our last book of the year. Young woman is the lone survivor of a plane crash in Ireland. Suffering from amnesia, she finds herself … Continue reading

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