Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon Updates

October 22, 2016 Uncategorized 0


I’m just getting started with my readathon out here on the west coast. Getting up before 8am just didn’t seem like a good way to start a day of reading to me! But I’m excited to be hopping in now and will start with the hour one survey anyway 🙂 Then I’ll keep updating this post throughout the day. Read more »



An Old Favorite Gets a New Look

October 20, 2016 Uncategorized 1


I don’t often do cover reveals. In fact, this is only my second cover reveal and as with Thorn, I’ve chosen to share a cover with you because it’s a new cover of a book I loved. In this case, not only is In the Land of Armadillos getting a new cover, it’s also getting a new title. Since I gave this fantastic collection of interconnected short stories five stars , I want that review to stick with the book through the title change! If you love historical fiction, magical realism, or surprising acts of kindness during dark times, this is a book you shouldn’t miss even if the title changes.

PS – Perhaps I shouldn’t call this a cover reveal, since the paperback was released on October 4th. That means you can already get this book under the new title.


Doing Discussions: Reviewing Political Nonfiction

October 18, 2016 Uncategorized 8


Especially with election season coming up, I wonder if I should be reading more political nonfiction. I know I want to be more informed than I currently am and I enjoy reading books much more than I enjoy reading the news. However, this subgenre is one of the worst offenders in terms of the pet peeve I discussed here – lacking objectivity but pretending to have it. And I’m just not sure it’s a topic anyone can really write about objectively. In addition to that meaning to suspecting the authors of political nonfiction of lacking objectivity, this makes me nervous about being able to review these books objectively. Today, I’m curious if and how you go about reviewing political nonfiction. Let’s discuss! Read more »


Upcoming Bookish Blogging Events

October 17, 2016 Uncategorized 3

deweylogo-400x335October 22nd

It’s time for one of my favorite book blogging events – Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I’ve not been reading as much as I’d like lately and I can’t wait to spend 24 hours reading with a bunch of awesome bloggers. If you’ve not tried the 24 Hour Readathon, I highly recommend it. Check out the sign-ups here. Read more »


Review and Giveaway: Vinegar Girl

October 16, 2016 Uncategorized 2

Review and Giveaway: Vinegar GirlTitle: Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Author: Anne Tyler
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: Basically a less well-modernized, less entertaining version of 10 Things I Hate About You.

Vinegar Girl is the latest installment in the Hogarth Shakespeare series of retellings. I loved the Merchant of Venice retelling, Shylock is My Name, so I had high hopes for this retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. I remembered liking the series when I was younger, although a recent post by Krysta at Pages Unbound about the misogyny in the original made me realize that the domestic abuse went right over my head at the time. This book generally eliminated that problem, but the conclusion was still a little off for me. Read more »



TLC Review: The Bitch is Back

October 12, 2016 Uncategorized 13

TLC Review: The Bitch is BackTitle: The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier
Author: Cathi Hanauer
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: These well written life stories from women slightly to very ahead of me in life were endlessly fascinating

The Bitch is Back is a follow-up to an earlier essay collection entitled The Bitch in the House. Both collections feature essays primarily by women in their thirties. The essays focus on the decisions these women have made in regard to their significant others, their children, and their careers. Essays by women who wrote pieces for the earlier collections included brief introductions, such that I never felt lost because I hadn’t read The Bitch in the House first. Read more »