Monday, June 26, 2023

The Tangled Woods


Title: The Tangled Woods

Author: Emily Raboteau

Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Yes, this story is unsettling, but it lacked the intensity and the atmosphere of the previous stories in the Dark Corners collection.

Rating: 2/5

Sunday, June 25, 2023



Title: Ladyparts

Author: Deborah Copaken

Publisher: Random House Audio
ISBN: 9780593412091
Thoughts: There are some parts of this that are not for the feint of heart, but it is an excellent memoir for detailing the inequities in the American health care system from a female journalist that has felt the effects.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, June 21, 2023



Title: Joie: A Parisian's Guide to Celebrating the Good Life

Author: Ajiri Aki

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 9780062982421
Thoughts: This mix of memoir, travelogue, and self-help book was a breath of fresh air that taught me a lot about France.

Rating: 4/5

Never Lie


Title: Never Lie

Author: Freida McFadden

Publisher: Hollywood Upstairs Press
ISBN: n/s
Thoughts: This started off with great gothic vibes, but turned into a somewhat predictable psychological thriller with no likeable characters.

Rating: 2/5

Monday, June 19, 2023

The Intitial Insult


Title: The Initial Insult

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 9780062982421
Thoughts: McGinnis throws too many Poe allusions into this twisted and convoluted tale of revenge that also includes random poetry from a panther.

Rating: 2/5



Title: Stash: My Life in Hiding

Author: Laura Cathcart Robbins

Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: 9781668005330
Thoughts: Yes, this book is about Robbins's addiction and subsequent sobriety, but moreover, it is about a mother who wants what's best for her children amidst a possibly contentious divorce.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, June 11, 2023



Title: Intimacies

Author: Katie Kitamura

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Very character-driven, but also rather dry and detached.

Rating: 2/5

Wednesday, June 7, 2023



Title: Maame

Author: Jessica George

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: 9780385549677
Thoughts: A very contemporary, slightly older coming-of-age story with a likeable main character, but nothing to really set it apart from others.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

American Mermaid


Title: American Mermaid

Author: Julia Langbein

Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385549677
Thoughts: Kinda slow and kinda confusing, but there were some really great parts as well.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Stacking the Shelves: 5/7-6/3

Got in an Owl Post Grab Bag:

By Force Alone by Lavie Tidhar


Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari

Blood Countess by Lana Popovic


Unraveling by Karen Lord

Prize from library Summer Reading Club:

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

Friday, June 2, 2023

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


Title: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763643676
Thoughts: Wonderful but heart-wrenching story of a lost, loved china bunny, much in the vein of Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, but for a modern audience.

Rating: 5/5

Count the Ways


Title: Count the Ways

Author: Joyce Maynard

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: While some events in this novel are extreme, it is very realistic and full of feelings.

Rating: 3/5