Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The Secret Book of Flora Lea


Title: The Secret Book of Flora Lea

Author: Patti Callahan Henry

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN: 9781797155982
Thoughts: A historical mystery that will remind you of childhood fantasy novels while explaining the reason a specific trope of them exists.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Mom in the Movies


Title: Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate)

Author: Richard Corliss

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781476738260
Thoughts: Good as a coffee table book, but did not feel as comprehensive as it could have been.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Amazing Grace Adams

Title: Amazing Grace Adams

Author: Fran Littlewood

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: 9781250334152
Thoughts: Littlewood manages to pull more feelings than expected from a novel about a woman going through an existential crisis.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, November 18, 2023



Title: Violeta

Author: Isabel Allende

Publisher: Random House Audio
ISBN: 9780593558850
Thoughts: Allende's writing is so powerful that I kept forgetting that Violeta was not a real person.

Rating: 4/5

Stacking the Shelves: 11/5-11/18



The Busy Body by Kemper Donovan

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Curvy Girls Can't Date Quarterbacks


Title: Curvy Girls Can't Date Quarterbacks

Author: Kelsie Stelting

Publisher: Kelsie Stelting Creative LLC
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Fun, positive, sweet YA romance, but some of the characterizations were a little too stock.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, November 10, 2023

Bad Summer People


Title: Bad Summer People

Author: Emma Rosenblum

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: 9781250900845
Thoughts:  Good beach read with interesting characters, but there was not really the mystery as one would expect from the prologue.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, November 6, 2023



Title: Homecoming

Author: Kate Morton

Publisher: Mariner Books
ISBN: 9780063020894
Thoughts: Almost gothic in feel, this novel of mystery and family secrets is the best I have read all year.

Rating: 5/5

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Thursday, November 2, 2023

The Fraud


Title: The Fraud

Author: Zadie Smith

Publisher: Penguin Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: This had a strong Dickensian vibe to it (and not just because he was a character), and that made it very hard for me personally to follow.

Rating: 3/5

Stars, Hide Your Fires


Title: Stars, Hide Your Fires

Author: Jessica Mary Best

Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781683693512
Thoughts: Rather uneven sci-fi romantic mystery with a choppy plot, little character development, and a "twist" that the characters should have seen much earlier than they did.

Rating: 2/5

Talking at Night


Title: Talking at Night

Author: Claire Daverley

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
ISBN: 9780593653487
Thoughts: Very melancholic character-driven story that flows in a way that makes it hard to put down.

Rating: 4/5