#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: The Winter in Anna

January 19, 2017 Uncategorized 1

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: The Winter in AnnaTitle: The Winter in Anna
Author: Reed Karaim
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: The writing of this book and the beautiful, melancholy mood it captured were perfection.

“A young man, Eric, drops out of college and lucks into a job with a smalltown newspaper where he meets Anna, a few years older than him. Her story will both haunt and inspire him for the rest of his life. The Winter in Anna unfolds around a romance that almost was and a meditation on what constitutes a life well-lived. Set in a remote North Dakota community in the last days before the Internet, the story centers on this relationship. It is narrated by Eric as he looks back on their days together and struggles to reconcile his memories with what he has since learned about Anna.” Read more »


New Releases You Should Know About 2017

January 18, 2017 Uncategorized 3

As I put together my Futuristic Friday list, there were a number of books that didn’t quite make my list, but did make me go “Wow, they’re coming out with a new book?!”. These are books by authors who I feel like everyone has heard of or who have written previous favorites of mine. Don’t miss them! Read more »


Nonfiction Book Club Part 1 and February Poll

January 12, 2017 Uncategorized 3

Since I’m a little behind schedule getting through this one, I’m posting questions this morning and I’ll add my answers tonight. If I’m honest, reading this one has been a bit of a mixed experience. There are parts I’ve really enjoyed, but also a few parts that I’ve found pretty boring (the history of how wagons were built, anyone?).  Hopefully you’ve all found at least some parts enjoyable too! I guess I’ll find out, because here are our questions for the first half of the book: Read more »


#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Storm in a Teacup

January 10, 2017 Uncategorized 6

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Storm in a TeacupTitle: Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Author: Helen Czerski
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: I’ve never had an intuitive grasp of physics, but Helen Czerski explained concepts in an engaging way that constantly gave me new insights into everyday phenomena.

“Our home here on Earth is messy, mutable, and full of humdrum things that we touch and modify without much thought every day. But these familiar surroundings are just the place to look if you’re interested in what makes the universe tick.”(source) Read more »





Translated Fiction Review: The Slow Waltz of Turtles

January 5, 2017 Uncategorized 1

Translated Fiction Review: The Slow Waltz of TurtlesTitle: The Slow Waltz of Turtles
Author: Katherine Pancol
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: three-stars

Summary: I enjoyed the writing style and many perspectives, but this was darker than the first book and the character development felt like a repeat.

“Forty-something mother of two Josephine Cortes is at a crossroads. She has just moved to a posh new apartment in Paris after the success of the historical novel she ghostwrote for her sister, Iris. Still struggling with her divorce – the result of her husband running off to Kenya to start a crocodile farm with his mistress – she is now entangled in a lie orchestrated by her sister. And just when things seem as though they can’t get any more complicated, people start turning up dead in her neighbourhood.” (Source) Read more »



New Release Review: Lotus

January 2, 2017 Fiction, Literary 5

New Release Review: LotusTitle: Lotus
Author: Lijia Zhang
Source: NetGalley
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This was a slow paced book, but the character and relationship development were touching and believable.

“Surviving by her wits alone, Lotus charges headlong into the neon lights of Shenzhen, determined to pull herself out of the gutter and decide her own path.” However, she quickly finds herself working as a “massage girl” or prostitute while lying to her family about the source of the money she sends home. The men who notice her provide her many opportunities for a chance at security, but each also presents their own dangers. As Lotus struggles to make a decision, she finds it difficult to envision a life of her own due to the guilt and insecurity she feels. Read more »