You might have noticed a few weeks ago when I was in the middle of reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine I listed it as one of my top reads of 2017. I was wrong. It is THE top read of 2017 for me! I finished reading this novel so happy I picked it up but completely wrecked inside. I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Gail Honeyman’s debut novel was making the rounds on the blog...

  It’s hard to put into words how I feel about Michelle Obama. Reading this essay collection has reminded me of all the amazing moments I witnessed throughout her reign as FLOTUS. The first Black First Lady of the United States went through a transformation between 2008 and 2017 which was, at times, difficult to watch. Yet, throughout the entire ride, she has stood tall with grace, dignity, compassion, intelligence, and unwavering l...

  As you might have noticed, I’m a bit behind on my #AnneReadAlong2017 reading! Life has a way of changing our free time and priorities sometimes, doesn’t it? In this particular case, while I found Rainbow Valley endearing and adorable, it was a really slow read for me. I found I didn’t become enraptured with the storytelling the same way I had with earlier books in the series. Over a month behind, it’s time to fin...

  I have a weak spot in my heart for middle-grade literature. I love how simple the writing is, how realistic the characters are for their ages, and what wonderful messages they carry. Unfortunately, I find that most middle-grade literature I read is lacking. Part of that, I’m sure, the lack of middle-grade aged children in my life. But, honestly, it’s harder to find solid middle grader literature than children’s, young ...

  I count myself lucky that over the last year, as I’ve seriously delved into blogging, I’ve developed some meaningful relationships with other bloggers. One of those relationships, with Amanda @ Cover 2 Cover Mom, helped connect me with Tiffany McDaniel. When Amanda read The Summer That Melted Everything, she was blown away (check out her amazing review here!) and developed a relationship with McDaniel. When McDaniel reached ...

  I can’t believe Thanksgiving has already flown by. This means the first official #ThanksgivingReadathon has sadly come to a close. It was an amazing 5 days of reading and sharing the books we were reading. #ThanksgivingReadathon was a beautiful blur of thankfulness I needed in my life. I am thankful to everyone who participated so readily! We had over 20 people take part in the readathon!! I cannot believe it. After last year wher...

  Release day review! Congratulations to S.C. Flynn for the release of The Hidden Mask today, November 25th!   The relationship between book bloggers and authors is a complicated one in this day and age. It’s easy to communicate with people on a mass scale and the anonymity of the internet makes it easy for both parties to forget there are people on the other side of the technology. It’s a magical thing when an author tak...

  I cannot stop crying. Sepetys debut novel tells the chilling and lesser-spoken-of tale of the displacement, forced migration, and forced labor of Lithuanians (and Latvians, Estonians, and Finns…) into Siberia by the Soviets in World War II. While our narrator, Lina, is only 15 years old when our story begins, Sepetys refuses to shy away from the more horrific elements. This is not a pretty book. I might even describe it as unflinchingly...

  Somehow, in all my excitement in October (aka: Overwhelming Busyness), I never managed to post my review for Anne of Ingleside! Well, better late than never right? It’s hard to believe there are only two books left after this… The 6th book in the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne of Ingleside finally introduces us to the Blythe children. It feels like a long time coming, but finally, Anne and Gilbert have their own little mi...

  Well. This book taught me something I can’t believe I didn’t know about myself until reading this book: I don’t like hard science fiction. Hard Sci-Fi waves technically accurate science into informed speculation by using intricate details to back-up the writer’s speculations.  While reading, when I found that I was incredibly engrossed in some parts and not others, I started to question why. I discovered two reas...

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Bookish Resolutions for 2018
Top Ten Tuesday / January 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals When this was announced as a Top Ten Tuesday I was both excited and frustrated. I wanted to post about all my goals RIGHT AWAY in 2018! I’m glad that I took some time to sit on my goals before announcing them, however. Having time to ruminate allowed me to develop stro...

Building Better Book Clubs: An Insider Glance
Building Better Book Clubs / January 12, 2018

          is a series of posts focused on all things book club related: discussions, listicles, how to’s and more! I started this feature because I love book clubs. I adore them. I think they are an incredible way to connect with people, enrich our lives, and… well, you can read the other reasons here. People have asked about my own book clubs many times over the course of the past year. I referen...

#AnneReadAlong2017 : The End of Anne Giveaway
#AnneReadAlong2017 / January 10, 2018

It’s hard to believe 8 months have long since passed. Back in May, Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I committed to hosting an Anne of Green Gables series read-along. It’s been so much fun! I’ve loved reading such a well-loved, yet unknown to me, series all the way through. I’ve met so many amazing people, too! This journey has been an incredible ride. It’s been wonderful to see everyone’s passion, lov...

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Book Review / January 8, 2018

Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Author: Gail Honeyman Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publisher: Viking - Pamela Dorman Books Release Date: May 9th, 2017 Format: Audiobook Pages: 327 Source: Library Narrator: Cathleen McCarron Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully time-tabled life of avoiding social interactions, whe...

2017 Year in Review
About the Blog , Year in Review / January 6, 2018

As we enter into a new year, many are taking the time to reflect on what happened in 2017 and how they can make 2018 the best year yet. I already know 2018 will be the best year yet for many, many reasons. But, it’s important to understand where you’ve been in order to figure out the best way to get where you are going.  *Unlike TTT posts, all links to books below will take you to reviews on my blog. This is more-or-less ...

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017
Top Ten Tuesday / January 2, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017 One of the things I love most about the Top Ten Tuesday lists is that they challenge me to review my reading in a different light. I don’t consistently participate in these because, honestly, they can be really time-consuming posts and I might not be interested in the prompt. But each time I do particip...

December 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / January 1, 2018

Newsworthy Oh my goodness, that was crazy. Somehow, December caught me in her clutches when I wasn’t looking. Life took over and dragged me along like a limp doll no matter how hard I ran to keep up. The winter holidays were in full swing, obviously. Not only did we celebrate Hanukkah with my family and Christmas with David’s, but we attended many holiday parties which covered Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, the Winter Sols...

2 Year Blogoversary
About the Blog , Blogoversary / December 31, 2017

  Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Death by Tsundoku! It’s hard to believe we’re about to jump into 2018. I am so glad that I’m still here and writing blog posts. This is a big milestone for me in the sense that I know I’m still young in my blogging adventure. The momentum isn’t slowing down yet. Lessons Learned I feel like I’m supposed to have something amazing and profound to share with yo...

The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own
Book Review / December 28, 2017

Title: The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own Genre: Essays Publisher: St. Martin's Press Release Date: January 10th, 2017 Format: eARC Pages: 220 Source: NetGalley Editor: Veronica Chambers Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to ...

#AnneReadAlong2017 : Rainbow Valley
#AnneReadAlong2017 , Book Review / December 26, 2017

Title: Rainbow Valley Series: Anne of Green Gables, #7 Author: L. M. Montgomery Genre: Classic Publisher: Starfire Release Date: July 1st, 1985 Format: eBook Pages: 256 Source: Owned First Published: 1919 Anne Shirley is grown up, has married her beloved Gilbert and now is the mother of six mischievous children. These boys and girls discover a special place all their own, but they never dream  of what will happen when the strangest f...