I picked up this book for my Science Fiction/Fantasy book club. I was really excited because I was going to be reading a book within weeks of it being published. I never do that! And yet… I knew within 5 pages that I would likely DNF this book. By the time I reached 38%, I was done. I couldn’t read another word in The Fortress at the End of Time. The premise of the book is simple: The clone of a soldier exists on the other s...

  I am a bit embarrassed to say this is the first Maya Angelou book I have ever read. I am so thankful to be introduced to her works via Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf book club. This memoir is moving, powerful, and heartbreaking— Maya Angelou writes beautifully, and I loved everything about this book. Mom & Me & Mom is Maya Angelou’s 7th and final autobiography. For the first time in her books, Angelou addresses...

  Brandon Sanderson is a powerhouse of science fiction and fantasy writing. He has published over thirty novels in his 41 years of life and continues to write more and more and more. He has announcements for at least another three series of books he hasn’t even published yet! How he does it, no one really knows (I swear it’s black magic). I haven’t read many of his books, but I’ve adored everyone one I have read. S...

  I have been waiting for this book to come in from the library for over 6 months. SIX MONTHS. I added it to my TBR based on recommendations from friends, as with most of my books. I was looking for something light and fun, and Stephanie Plum came up. Unfortunately, what I found within the pages was an inventive story that was executed in a dull fashion. It’s apparent to me from the start how things will end, and I predict this form...

Guys! I’m actually posting an ARC review on the publication date! #Winning I am not one to read hyped books. When I found this book on NetGalley, I read the description and knew I had to read it. After all, this was described as magical realism meets dystopian Britain. How could I not read it? Requested. Approved. Psyched! And yet… This was before the hype. Once Gilded Cage started to be hyped up around the blogs and social media I...

  Recently, I needed some audiobooks for a trip (sense a theme when it comes to randomly acquired books? They are all audiobooks!), and I ran across The Sleeper and the Spindle. Pretty cover art? Written by Neil Gaiman?! Sold. I was prepared for spellbinding storytelling. I was not prepared for my first full-cast audiobook. The Sleeper and the Spindle is a retelling of sorts. Part Sleeping Beauty, part Snow White, 100% Neil Gaiman dark fa...

  I spent the last week in bed with a really bad cold. The sinus pressure was so awful I couldn’t look at a screen– computer, phone, tablet, Kindle — it didn’t matter! I spent my time laying in bed snoozing or reading paper books. Thankfully, I had a plethora to keep my company. So, while I was a bit silent online (thank goodness for pre-scheduled blog posts!), I still got a lot accomplished in the world of books. ...

I don’t do a ton of re-reading. There are so many great books out there I haven’t seen yet. But sometimes, you want to return to an old friend and know you are about to enjoy your reading experience. When one of my friends suggested we both re-read Bridget Jones Diary, I jumped at the chance. It’s New Year’s Eve, and Bridget has some resolutions to set. In stereotypical fashion Bridget wants to lose weight, stop smoking...

  Note: Being the 4th book in a series, there are some very minor spoilers for the previous books below. Here you can find my review for book 1 Moon Called.  Our 4th episode: In which Mercy really gets a handle on her ghost-talking-seeing thing and gets into a crap-ton of trouble. Again.  Bone Crossed picks up literally where the last book ended. In fact, a bit before the last book ended, so we get to relive a few of the last events. Merc...

  A Series of Unfortunate Events was first published when I was in high school. So, I did not read these books as a child. I have no fond memories of it or any such thing. In fact, it didn’t really sound appealing to me. Now, as an adult, I finally read it. And all I can say is that younger me was sooooo right. When The Bad Beginning begins Baudelaire children are now the Baudelaire orphans. Their wealthy parents died in a house fir...

February 2017 in Review
Month in Review / March 1, 2017

Newsworthy It’s hard to believe February has already come and gone! This was a great but busy month. The Annual Harry Potter Movie Marathon with my girlfriends was great. I put together an exercise game for us, and we ate, drank, worked out, and enjoyed watching all eight films from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. It was wonderful to rewatch them and reminise about the first time we read the books. I only published 9 p...

The Fortress at the End of Time
Book Review / February 27, 2017

Title: The Fortress at the End of Time Author: Joe M. McDermott Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor.com Release Date: January 17th, 2017 Format: eBook Pages: 305 Source: Owned In The Fortress at the End of Time, humanity has expanded across the galaxy by use of ansible and clone technology, but an enemy stands in their way—an enemy alien in concept as much as physiology. Ronaldo Aldo is a clone stationed in the back-end of nowhere—...

Mom & Me & Mom
Book Review / February 23, 2017

Title: Mom & Me & Mom Series: Maya Angelou's Autobiographies, #7 Author: Maya Angelou Genre: Memoir Publisher: Random House Release Date: April 2nd, 2013 Format: Audiobook Pages: 201 Source: Library First Published: January 1st, 2013 The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of he...

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought
List , Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the prompt is books I loved more/less than I thought I would. I spent a lot of time deciding which way to turn–Do I pick the books I loved the most? Or the books upon which the hype burned me? Indecisively, I instead decided to break this down the middle with 5 for each option. I’m a wonderful cheater. 😀 All titles below are links to Goodreads. Below...

Steelheart
Book Review / February 20, 2017

Title: Steelheart Series: The Reckoners, #1 Author: Brandon Sanderson Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Release Date: September 24th, 2013 Format: eBook Pages: 384 Source: Library Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desir...

One for the Money
Book Review / February 18, 2017

Title: One for the Money Series: Stephanie Plum, #1 Author: Janet Evanovich Genre: Mystery Publisher: Scribner Release Date: August 24th 1999 Format: eBook Pages: 320 Source: Library First Published: August 26th, 1994 Pestered by her close New Jersey family, Stephanie Plum offers to catch high-school crush Joe Morelli, cop turned bail jumper, for her cousin Vinnie's company. She questions "working girls" to find the missing girlfrien...

Gilded Cage
Book Review / February 14, 2017

Title: Gilded Cage Series: Dark Gifts, #1 Author: Vic James Genre: Dystopian Publisher: Del Rey Books Release Date: February 14th, 2017 Format: ARC Pages: 368 Source: NetGalley Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. A girl thirsts for love and knowledge. Abi is a serva...

The Sleeper and the Spindle
Book Review / February 11, 2017

Title: The Sleeper and the Spindle Author: Neil Gaiman Genre: Dark Fantasy Publisher: HarperCollins Release Date: September 22nd, 2015 Format: Audiobook Pages: 72 Source: Library Illustrator: Chris Riddell First Published: May 3rd, 2014 A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a ...

Building Better Book Clubs: Five Reasons To Join a Book Club
Building Better Book Clubs / February 9, 2017

          is a series of posts focused on all things book club related: discussions, listicles, how to’s and more! Book clubs have given me so much in the last few years. As you saw in my first post in this series, I love them. They provide me with so much and I could honestly rave on and on about their merits. But, I’ll spare you. Instead– here are 5 reasons you should join a book club. 1 &...

Jazz Day: The Making of a Photograph
Book Review / February 6, 2017

Title: Jazz Day: The Making of a Photograph Author: Roxane Orgill Genre: Poetry Publisher: Candlewick Press Release Date: March 6th, 2016 Format: Hardback Pages: 66 Source: Library Illustrator: Francis Vallejo What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can to pose for a photo in 1950s Harlem? Playful verse and glorious artwork capture an iconic moment for American jazz. When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute...