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

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

Book Reviews: Thank You, Next by Andie J. Christopher + Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

I'm definitely trying too hard by pairing these two together, but they both have to do with family, of sorts. One has a rather interesting, yet fascinatingly dysfunctional family while the other has a delightfully sweet found family story. But, where one is a romance with characters I had a hard time believing, the other … Continue reading Book Reviews: Thank You, Next by Andie J. Christopher + Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

Book Reviews: The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden + Six Feet Deep Dish by Mindy Quigley

One of my favorite things in books is food. I'm on the end of the spectrum where I prefer to make the food than eat it, but I mostly love gobbling up the culinary delights that can be found in the pages of a book. All the better if the book has recipes! Today I … Continue reading Book Reviews: The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden + Six Feet Deep Dish by Mindy Quigley

Book Reviews: The Other Guest by Helen Cooper and Primeval Fire by C.T. Rwizi

I'm starting to think mysteries and thrillers are no longer really my thing. The few I've read, including the one below, haven't really held my attention or really interested me much. I keep trying, but I'm slowly realizing mysteries are only enjoyable if they're a cozy. Probably because the ones I pick up usually have … Continue reading Book Reviews: The Other Guest by Helen Cooper and Primeval Fire by C.T. Rwizi

Book Reviews: Upgrade by Blake Crouch and Revolution by David Dorrough

Today I have reviews for two very different books. One is a science fiction thriller that reads like an action thriller movie and the other is a fictional account of a group of people who live in and around LA. I must say I'm not much for the action genre of movies, so, while I … Continue reading Book Reviews: Upgrade by Blake Crouch and Revolution by David Dorrough

Stumbling Through…Works?

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This could also be titled "The Day I Discovered One of My Reviews Was Quoted in a Book Published by One of the Big 5 Publishers," but that just seemed too long. Hm, are there limits on how long a blog post title can be? Now that the new year is in full swing, I've … Continue reading Stumbling Through…Works?

Scrambled

Just a quick note to say the next couple of weeks will be a bit scrambled. I got my COVID booster over the weekend and, while it's not as severe as the 5 days I spent really unwell after getting the initial vaccine, this round comes with the unfortunate side effect of stiff and sore … Continue reading Scrambled

Sisters of String and Glass, Part —

This is something of a lie. There is no next part of this story this week. In theory, I have time to get the next chapter lightly edited and scheduled, but, in actuality, I'm putting myself into pretzels over Tuesday's review, so I'm choosing to forego posting Sisters this week so I can write that … Continue reading Sisters of String and Glass, Part —

Upcoming at The Lily Cafe #5

That was...a fast two weeks. At the start of my break, I thought I'd do a Google search for my blog. It's not something I do often, but, sometimes, I like to see what shows up. Good news, my blog was the first one that popped up for me. Interesting news, an actual place called … Continue reading Upcoming at The Lily Cafe #5