Review: Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Review: Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

I went into this book with low to no expectations for it — I hadn’t heard anything about it — it was honestly a cover buy for me with the bunny and the bright colors, but once I read the first sentence, I was hooked. “On my tenth birthday, six months before she sleepwalked into the river, Mom burned the rabbit cake.” So many questions come from just this one sentence that you can’t help but read on. This book takes place in the months after Elvis Babbitt’s mother is found dead in a river, so you would expect it to be incredibly heavy and sad, which it was, at times, but it had me laughing out loud more than […]

Looking Back on a Year of Book of the Month Selections

Looking Back on a Year of Book of the Month Selections

I was alarmed to see that after typing this title, I have actually been getting BOTM boxes for nearly TWO years — that first box was in August of 2015, which is unbelievable to me. I didn’t stick with it for all two years though. After being an affiliate for those first three months, I kind of dropped off the band wagon. I had also forgotten that at one point they kept the standard book cover, and did not provide their now famous logo on each book. I wanted to take a look back through everything I read because of BOTM, pick my favorites, and just look back at everything I’ve read through one of my favorite subscription services. The […]

The Sisters Chase and Emma in the Night: Two Sister Stories You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

The Sisters Chase and Emma in the Night: Two Sister Stories You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

If you read about books on the internet, you’ve probably been seeing Emma in the Night just about everywhere lately. At least I have. Wendy Walker’s newest novel is making a splash among readers, authors and celebrities alike, something that is pretty rare in the post-Gone Girl world. I picked this up recently and I’m here to tell you that it is WELL worth the hype it’s getting. And then some. But, first I want to give more attention to my last read, The Sisters Chase. This is another story about the complicated relationship between sisters and their mother. After the untimely death of their single mother, Mary and Bunny Chase take to the road and survive for years together living in […]

Mid-Year Superlatives: The Best of the Year So Far

Mid-Year Superlatives: The Best of the Year So Far

I’m a little late on this since we’re a bit past the halfway mark of the year (someone tell me HOW this can possibly be), but I’ve read 73 books so far in 2017, and have reviewed and talked about next to NONE of them, and I want to. I look back on when I reviewed everything I ever read and just…how was that ever a thing? I did a post like this last year though, and wanted to revisit the concept. Here are a few of my favorites so far this year! Most Surprising Read of the Year: Beartown by Frederik Backman I will admit, I started and didn’t finish A Man Called Ove and Britt-Marie Was Here, so I didn’t go into […]

Three Summer Thrillers Worth the Hype

Three Summer Thrillers Worth the Hype

I know a lot of people see October as the perfect time to read creepy/thrilling books, but there’s nothing I love more than reading a thriller I can’t put down while laying on the beach. While I was on vacation (and really, since summer started) I’ve been reading a lot of new thrillers, and wanted to talk about them. And also check in here since it’s been a solid two months of silence. Whoops. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware Boarding schools, haunted pasts, and complicated friendships are some of my favorite topics in a thriller, and Ruth Ware has yet to let me down with one of her books, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of this […]

5 Graphic Novels For YA Fans

5 Graphic Novels For YA Fans

If you’re a fan (like I am) of a great YA read, but don’t feel like, or can’t get into any “real” books, there are plenty of graphic novels that fit the bill if you’re in a reading rut. For some reason, when I can’t get into any novels, graphic novels always come through for me. Here are 5 of them that are perfect for YA readers! Giant Days by John Allison: I LOVE this series. It’s funny, it’s relatable, and it’s about that transitional time of your freshman year of college. This follows four college roommates and best friends through their first year and all of its up, downs, and romances. It’s also hilarious, and has some Seinfeld references throughout, so […]