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 […]

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 […]

Review: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Review: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

If We Were Villains is hands down one of my new favorite books. It follows seven theater students attending the elite Dellecher Classical Conservatory, where they live and breathe Shakespeare. As tensions rise among the group of friends, relationships are strained, and ultimately, someone ends up dead. Our main character, Oliver, ends up in jail, but there are still so many questions, even years later. The reader is along for the ride as Oliver tells the story of that fateful final year at Dellecher to the officer who arrested him, and I could not wait to find out what happened. I felt like I was at Dellecher with Oliver and James and Meredith and the rest. This is truly the perfect […]

Review: My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

Review: My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

I must have walked by this book and ignored it at least a dozen times before one of my friends started reading it and finished more than half of it in a day. After a few OMG THIS BOOK snapchats, I had to check it out, and before I knew it, I was halfway through it myself. My Husband’s Wife is the story of Lily — a young lawyer when the book begins in 2000, just taking on her first murder trial, where she meets Joe Thomas. Joe is convicted of murdering his girlfriend, and Lily is convinced of his innocence. Meanwhile, she is trying to maintain her new marriage to aspiring artist Ed, while looking after her young neighbor, Carla, every […]

Review: The Nix by Nathan Hill

Review: The Nix by Nathan Hill

Wow guys. I haven’t had a book I’ve loved this much in what feels like forever. I’d seen The Nix around a lot last year, and based on the cover (we’ve all done it) it looked politically charged and really not for me. It wasn’t until Max at Well Done Books started comparing reading this book to The Goldfinch that I knew I had to pick it up. The Goldfinch might be my favorite book of all time, still, years after reading it. My expectations were still relatively low, but as soon as I read the prologue, I knew I was going to love it. There have been exceptions, but I almost always know within a few pages how I’m going to feel about a […]