I wish all books were as good as The Empress

The Empress by S. J. Kincaid

Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction Publication Date: 31 October 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 4 December 2017

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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. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! Not that I ever lost it, but my desire to read has…

Sunday Reflections – 3 December 2017

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Happy Sunday! Weirdly warm temperatures FTW! Or not. I don’t care if it is rainy tomorrow, a 61F degree high is not normal for Wisconsin in December, and I refuse to accept it. Call me old-fashioned or a traditionalist or what have you. December (in Wisconsin) needs to be cold and snow. That is normal….

November in Review

 Good memories: Connor came home! Connor has a girlfriend! My friend’s wedding UW football Thanksgiving Playing Scrabble as a family of four A long weekend Bookish stuff: Total number of books read: 10 Total number of pages: 3,696 and 12 hours 51 minutes on audio Favorite book(s) read: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John…

What’s for Dinner? – Week Starting 25 November 2017

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 – 1 December 2017

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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. ******************** CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DONE! – Here I was thinking I was really far behind in…

Gather the Daughters should come with a warning label

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 25 July 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their families colonized an island off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers–chosen…

A Secret History of Witches – It’s harmless

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: 5 September 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchieres fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when…

Never Coming Back is bittersweet

Never Coming Back by Alison McGhee

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 10 October 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “When Clara Winter left her rural Adirondacks town for college, she never looked back. Her mother, Tamar, a loving but fiercely independent woman who raised Clara on her own, all but pushed her out the door, and so Clara built a new…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 27 November 2017

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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. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! I think I vastly overrated how much I would actually read this…