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

My Favorite Mystery & Thriller Read of 2021

favorite mystery thriller read of 2021

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

Top 5 Saturday: Blood on the Cover

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Top 5 Saturday is run by Amanda @ Devouring Books. Every week showcases 5 books that share a common theme. This week's theme is Blood on the Cover. So...I don't like blood. I have a fear of hypodermic needles and getting blood drawn makes me nauseous and lightheaded, so now the sight of blood makes … Continue reading Top 5 Saturday: Blood on the Cover

Books to Read This Fall

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School has been in session for about a month, the weather's still hot, Southern California has started to see some fires, and the sky looks kind of dusty. It's official. Fall has hit. Once upon a time, my husband and I lived on the East Coast. I loved watching the trees change, loved watching fire … Continue reading Books to Read This Fall

Book [Review] Recipe: Murder at the Town Hall by Denise Jaden

book review recipe murder at the town hall

I get quite bored of doing the same things the same way all the time (as evidenced by my very frequent blog changes), so I've decided to have a bit of fun with book review writing! I posted the usual review earlier, but wanted to try out this format, too. I'd be so appreciative if … Continue reading Book [Review] Recipe: Murder at the Town Hall by Denise Jaden

Book Blog Tour – Review: Where I Left Her by Amber Garza

book blog tour review where i left her amber garza

The Lily Cafe is thrilled for the opportunity to participate in the book blog tour for Where I Left Her by Amber Garza! I was a big fan of her debut, When I Was You, so am thrilled to be reviewing Where I Left Her. Thank you to Justine Sha at MIRA for both the opportunity and … Continue reading Book Blog Tour – Review: Where I Left Her by Amber Garza

Why I Don’t Read Outside of My Comfort Zone

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It's called a comfort zone for a reason. It's my happy place, the place I go to in order to retreat from the world and the chaos of my household. With children constantly flinging questions at me literally from the time they wake up at 6 something in the morning until bedtime at 8 at … Continue reading Why I Don’t Read Outside of My Comfort Zone

Book Review: The Timepiece and the Girl Who Went Astray by O. R. Simmonds

Book review of The Timepiece and the Girl Who Went Astray by O.R. Simmonds

Title: The Timepiece and the Girl Who Went Astray Author: O. R. Simmonds Publisher: Apellation Press Publication date: July 30, 2021 Genre: Mystery, Fantasy One Sentence Summary: Sent to a certain thrift shop by his girlfriend, Will ends up in the possession of an odd watch called the Timepiece and on the run to escape those who want it, all while … Continue reading Book Review: The Timepiece and the Girl Who Went Astray by O. R. Simmonds

Books to Read This Summer

books to read this summer 2021

School's out, the weather is heating up, and (in California, at least) the wildfires have started. For me, that all means summer is here, and will last, oh, the next 6 or so months. I'm not much of a mood reader. If I have a book in one of my favorite genres to read, I'll … Continue reading Books to Read This Summer

Book Review: Headlines & Hydras by Rebecca Chastain

Book Review of Headlines & Hydras by Rebecca Chastain

Title: Headlines & Hydras (Terra Haven Chronicles #2) Author: Rebecca Chastain Publisher: Mind Your Muse Publication date: May 18, 2021 Genre: Fantasy One Sentence Summary: Junior journalist Kylie's real identity has come out, and her debt to harpy Zipporah has come due, all while her parents face a theft at their transportation company, and Kylie will do anything to clear their … Continue reading Book Review: Headlines & Hydras by Rebecca Chastain