The Curated Bookshelf: October 2022’s Theme

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Welcome to this month's Curated Bookshelf! It's October, so it must be almost time for Halloween. But, as much as I love dressing up my daughter in Disney princess dresses (her idea) and listening to my son whine about not knowing what he wants to dress up (right up until it's almost too late to … Continue reading The Curated Bookshelf: October 2022’s Theme

Diversity and Inclusivity Challenge: September 2022

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This year I'm embarking on a personal Diversity and Inclusivity Challenge. This involves trying to ensure at least half of all the books I read each month feature either diversity or an inclusive, accepting world. I've defined diversity as involving books focused on one group (non-white because too many books have already featured enough white … Continue reading Diversity and Inclusivity Challenge: September 2022

No Tomorrow, Part 48

3:00 pm - continued “Jenna, honey, are you okay?” her mother called from the kitchen. “Yeah,” Jenna called back. “I’m coming, Mom.” Though she knew her mother was expecting her, she had one more thing to do. Earlier, she had been talking to her aunt and they had made alternate plans for the night just … Continue reading No Tomorrow, Part 48

Book Reviews: In the Shadow Garden by Liz Parker + Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

It turns out these two books have far more in common than I thought when I requested them from NetGalley. I wanted to read In the Shadow Garden because it reminded me of Garden Spells and I requested Spells for Forgetting because I was curious about the author. Turns out they both have magic, mystery, … Continue reading Book Reviews: In the Shadow Garden by Liz Parker + Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

No Tomorrow, Part 47

3:00 pm - continued “Come on, honey,” Callie said as Jenna lifted her head and wiped her nose on her bed sheet, her sweater now too damp to dry her face. “Let me get you a snack, like I used to when you were a little girl coming home from school.” “Sandwich cookies with milk?” … Continue reading No Tomorrow, Part 47

Book Review: Redspace Rising by Brian Trent

Title: Redspace Rising Author: Brian Trent Publisher: Flame Tree Press Publication date: September 13, 2022 Genre: Science Fiction One Sentence Summary: Harris Alexander Pope has been undercover with the Partisans for 20 years, but the Order has reactivated him and now he's on a mission to hunt down the Partisan leaders while everyone around him plots … Continue reading Book Review: Redspace Rising by Brian Trent

Book Reviews: The Boy with the Bookstore by Sarah Echavarre Smith + All Dressed Up by Jilly Gagnon

Since I read far faster than I write reviews, I've found myself working to pair up certain books. Sometimes they're in the same genre, sometimes they share a theme. Considering The Boy with the Bookstore is a romance about a couple getting together and All Dressed Up is a mystery about a couple trying to … Continue reading Book Reviews: The Boy with the Bookstore by Sarah Echavarre Smith + All Dressed Up by Jilly Gagnon

No Tomorrow, Part 46

3:00 pm Her green taffeta dress was being wrinkled beneath her as she lay across her bed face down, her thoughts spinning and spinning around in her head in dizzying sequences. The world was ending in nine hours. She would be dead in nine hours. And what was she doing? She was lying face down … Continue reading No Tomorrow, Part 46

Book Highlight: The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader

Title: The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season Author: Molly Fader Publisher: Graydon House Publication Date: June 9, 2020 Genre: Women's Fiction In cherry season, anything is possible.... Everything Hope knows about the Orchard House is from the stories of her late mother. So when she arrives at the northern Michigan family estate late one … Continue reading Book Highlight: The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader

No Tomorrow, Part 45

2:00 pm - continued With the looping news program playing for background noise, Nick stood with all of their luggage once again, his clipboard in hand and his pen perched behind an ear. Muttering to himself, he checked everything off once again. As soon as he had finished, and was preparing to double check everything, … Continue reading No Tomorrow, Part 45