I Need Some Picture Book Recommendations

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Every night, I read 1-5 books to my 4 year old daughter, depending on how long they are. She doesn't just look a lot like me, but also shares my love of books. There's literally a pile of books under her desk because she hates when they're neatly organized (which is very much NOT like … Continue reading I Need Some Picture Book Recommendations

Diversity and Inclusivity Challenge 2022

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Technically, the long title of my personal challenge this year is Diversity and Accepting and Inclusive Worlds Challenge, but I think that title's a little too long. What it really boils down to is I want to read books with more diversity and with worlds that are inclusive and accepting (fully accepting would be wonderful, … Continue reading Diversity and Inclusivity Challenge 2022

Books to Read This Winter

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The heat of summer and fall have finally abated. This is, after all, Southern California, and I hear we're in for another La Nina season, which means it'll be a dry winter for us. But we've had a surprising amount of rainfall and some unexpected storms the past few weeks. It's been chilly and rainy, … Continue reading Books to Read This Winter

First, Middle, and Last Impressions – January 5, 2022

I love taking a look at a book cover and description and then coming up with my own idea of what the book will be about. Sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm so wrong it's almost funny. So I've decided to launch myself off of WWW Wednesday, a bookish meme run by Sam@Taking on a World … Continue reading First, Middle, and Last Impressions – January 5, 2022

My Bookish Wish of 2022

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Last year, I made a bookish wish. It was kind of thought out, kind of on a whim. It was a hope put out there into the world without much hope of it being fulfilled. Against all odds, and amidst a lot of mostly okay reads, I did find a book that fulfilled my wish. … Continue reading My Bookish Wish of 2022

Indie Books Challenge: December 2021

I'm sorry to say, but this is the last Indie Books Challenge post. I've decided to take up a new challenge next year, so this is the end of my focus on indie reads. In a little over a week, next Monday, I'll be posting about my 2022 challenge. For my personal Indie Books Challenge, … Continue reading Indie Books Challenge: December 2021

My Bookish Wish for 2021 Revisited

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Take a look at the wish I made at the beginning of 2021: There's a book I want to read this year. I don't yet know what that book is. But it's amazing and beautiful and sweeps me off my feet. This is my bookish wish for 2021: That I find the absolute most perfect … Continue reading My Bookish Wish for 2021 Revisited

My Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Read of 2021

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Most of what I read this year was SFF, so it's hard to narrow down! I like to think that, in previous years, I enjoyed a nice balance of fantasy, mystery, and women's fiction with some general fiction and science fiction thrown in, but I think this year (with the ongoing pandemic and now approaching … Continue reading My Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Read of 2021

My Favorite Mystery & Thriller Read of 2021

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As much as I like to think I enjoy mysteries and thrillers, I think the fact that I've only reviewed 11 all year (I read 12, but won't get around to reviewing it until January) kind of says something. Overall, I found myself underwhelmed by most of them and sorely disappointed in some, so it … Continue reading My Favorite Mystery & Thriller Read of 2021

My Favorite Women’s Fiction and Romance Read of 2021

favorite women's fiction romance read 2021

While I do tend to prefer women's fiction novels with as little romance as possible, I've also come to appreciate some romance, as long as I choose them wisely. They were also a nice break between thick, heavy fantasy novels. Since the two blend together far too much for my liking to the point where … Continue reading My Favorite Women’s Fiction and Romance Read of 2021