What’s for Dinner? – Week Starting 5 May 2018

People are forever asking how I manage everything with such a busy schedule. I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to do so in the manner I would like. This weekly journal is a way to keep it real and show that while my intentions are good, sometimes life and all of…

Fabulous Friday – 11 May 2018

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week. ******************** BIRTHDAY WEEK – As we head into the weekend, I have to say it…

How a story with little plot can be so profound

Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: 3 April 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Recently suspended for a so-called outburst, high school English teacher Anna Crawford is stewing over the injustice at home when she is shocked to see herself named on television as a suspect in a shooting at the school where she works. Though…

Zombies and racists and misogynists, oh my!

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 3 April 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and…

Two books that are okay to skip

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 27 March 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “What if our homes could tell the stories of others who lived there before us? Set in a small village near Paris, The Balcony follows the inhabitants of a single estate-including a manor and a servants’ cottage-over the course of several generations,…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 7 May 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 23 April 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! This…

I Was Anastasia is the best kind of historical fiction

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

Genre: Historical Fiction; Suspense; Literary Fiction Publication Date: 27 March 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least…

Make no assumptions about The Wife Between Us

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 9 January 2018 Source: Publisher Synopsis from the Publisher: “When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 30 April 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 23 April 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! And…

Sunday Reflections – 29 April 2018

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Happy Sunday! I’m back! Holly and I made it through the regional dance competition season and can now look forward to a more leisurely May at least. While she is not done with dance (ever), we get to spend the weekends at home with a few hours of dance rather than a few days of…