Indie Books Challenge: August 2021

For my personal Indie Books Challenge, I've decided to try to have at least half of all the books I read in a month be by an indie author or published by an indie publishing house, which I'm broadly defining as not published by one of the Big 5 because doing otherwise would break my … Continue reading Indie Books Challenge: August 2021

Book Blog Tour – Review: Where I Left Her by 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

Book Review: Reclaimed by Madeleine Roux

Title: Reclaimed Author: Madeleine Roux Publisher: Ace Publication date: August 17, 2021 Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller One Sentence Summary: Senna, Han, and Zurri join an experimental program on an isolated moon to erase painful memories, but things stop adding up, and there's no way out. Overall Reclaimed tells a fascinating story of how our memories impact us and what might happen … Continue reading Book Review: Reclaimed by Madeleine Roux

Why I Don’t Read Outside of My Comfort Zone

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

Indie Books Challenge: July 2021

This was supposed to post yesterday, but I get allergy shots every Saturday morning that make me extremely sleepy. So I opted to take a couple of naps and spend the rest of the time fighting to stay awake instead of finishing this up. For my personal Indie Books Challenge, I've decided to try to … Continue reading Indie Books Challenge: July 2021

Book Review: The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives by Kristin Miller

Title: The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives Author: Kristin Miller Publisher: Ballantine Books Publication date: July 20, 2021 Genre: Thriller One Sentence Summary: Brooke is the new trophy wife in Presidio Terrace and uses her new neighbor who reportedly killed her two late husbands as inspiration for her next mystery novel. Overall The Sinful Lives of Trophy Lives, more or less, … Continue reading Book Review: The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives by Kristin Miller

Book Review: Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

Title: Such a Quiet Place Author: Megan Miranda Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication date: July 13, 2021 Genre: Thriller One Sentence Summary: Two years ago, Ruby was convicted in the deaths of a couple in the Hollow's Edge community, and now she's back, but no one knows why. Overall Such a Quiet Place has all the makings for a great domestic … Continue reading Book Review: Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

First, Middle, and Last Impressions – July 21, 2021

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 – July 21, 2021

Indie Books Challenge: June 2021

Yes, my blog is on a two week break, but I've committed to posting about this at the end of every month regardless of the day or if I'm taking a break. After this, I'll be back with my regular posts on July 12th. Also, feel free to stop by my Instagram and Twitter as … Continue reading Indie Books Challenge: June 2021

Book Review: The Wonder Test by Michelle Richmond

Title: The Wonder Test Author: Michelle Richmond Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press Publication date: July 6, 2021 Genre: Mystery/Thriller One Sentence Summary: After her father and husband pass away, FBI agent Lina moves herself and her teenage son to her father's home in Northern California, but the neighborhood is overly obsessed with something all high school students take: the Wonder Test. Overall … Continue reading Book Review: The Wonder Test by Michelle Richmond