Can Two Reading Challenges Be Completed by the End of 2017?

That’s the million dollar question. I started the year mapping out what books I wanted to read for two of Anne Bogel’s (Modern Mrs. Darcy) Reading Challenges. Like the organized planner that I can be at times, I was proactive and wrote them all down in my 2017 Leuchtturm Bullet Journal. I also have some pages devoted to the selections that fall into my reading genre love…thriller, suspense and mystery. More times than not, I grabbed for that type of lighter reading over the course of the year. Continue reading “Can Two Reading Challenges Be Completed by the End of 2017?”

#TBT Review: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

Book Title: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

Author: Kim Edwards

Genre: Literary fiction, Contemplative fiction

Published Date: May 30, 2006

Rating: 4 stars

This #TBT review was originally posted on January 22, 2008 and was read for a number of reading challenges: TBR, A to Z Authors (E), and 101 Books in 1,001 Days. Continue reading “#TBT Review: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter”

Twin Revelation

Let me start by saying that we have identical twins in our family. Six-year-old girls who are actually even mirror twins. One is right-handed and one is left-handed. That’s how I first started being able to tell them apart. But over the last two years, their individuality has truly begun to blossom. One twin loves to dress up and is only comfortable wearing dresses and skirts. And the other twin prefers shorts and pants.  Continue reading “Twin Revelation”

#TBT Review: The Muse Asylum

TBT ReviewBook Title: The Muse Asylum

Author: David Czuchlewski

Genre: Literary fiction

Published Date: May 21, 2001

Rating: 4 stars

Back in January 2008, after The Nixie’s Song, I really needed to pick up and read something that would get the bad taste out of my mouth and I certainly did with The Muse Asylum. Recommended to me by my friend, Jill, who knows my taste in books so well, I quickly immersed myself in the words of this first-time author who had been mentored  by Joyce Carol Oates (although I personally don’t care for her writing, I knew that the writing had to be top notch). The telling of the story alternates between journalist Jake Burnett and the writings of Andrew Wallace who just happens to be the resident of a psychiatric hospital. Continue reading “#TBT Review: The Muse Asylum”

The Things We Wish Were True Review

Book Title:  The Things We Wish Were True

Author:  Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

Genres:  Mystery, Adult Fiction

Pub Date: 9/1/16


In an idyllic small-town neighborhood, a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations.

From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house. Continue reading “The Things We Wish Were True Review”

#TBT Thoughts: The Nixie’s Song

Book Title: The Nixie’s Song: Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles

Author: Tony diTerlizzi and Holly Black

Genre: Children

Rating: 2.5 stars

“The Spiderwick Chronicles” leave the old-fashioned charm of New England far behind and head south for some fiendish faerie fun in the hot Florida sun. Eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas only thinks his life has been turned upside down after his developer father remarries and moves his new wife and daughter into the soon-to-be completed Mangrove Hollow.  Continue reading “#TBT Thoughts: The Nixie’s Song”