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WWW Wednesday: March 21, 2018


What are you reading? Wednesday: This tag asks us to post about three books:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.


Currently, I am reading The Bookshop of the Corner. I talked yesterday about how I needed a break from my current thriller, Let Me Lie, and my nonfiction read, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I’m really enjoying all three of these books, and I’m not sure if they could be more different from each other!

Recently, I finished reading The Woman in the Window (LOVED) and Bite (liked).

As for what I have coming up next, I want to pick back up listening to Interview with the Vampire and I really want to start listening to He Said/She Said, which I have decided I’m not allowed to listen to until I finish Interview with the Vampire. I also really want to pick back up The Broken Girls, but I’m not sure I’ll make it to that one this month.



When Books Take a Backseat

I had a lot of plans for reading this month. I’ve actually been able to finish two of the books for my March TBR, so I am happy to report that. But the last few weeks have found me almost stuck. I’m not in a reading slump (though, it appears there are quite a few of us who are). I’m just in a life slump.

I mentioned that last month was a hard time for my family. We lost a lovely lady, whose memorial service was this past weekend. I had the pleasure of visiting with family I haven’t seen nor spoken to in many years. It was cathartic, spending all that time with them. And incredibly needed.

I wondered since life was so hectic if my reading would slow down. It hasn’t, not really. I’ve instead come upon a different hurdle: The topics of my book choices have not been the best ones.

If you’ve been around long enough, you know that thrillers are my favorite genre. And the majority (not all, but the majority) have to do with death in some form or fashion. And while I am greatly enjoying reading Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh, I haven’t been wanting to put a whole lot of time into it. Likewise, I was so-so-so excited to start reading I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, that I cracked it open as soon as I finished my last read.

I am finding, especially after the memorial service, that I need something lighter. I know that these books will be great reads; I just need to be in a better mindset for them.


After going through my bookshelves, I found the perfect light read: The Bookshop on the Corner. Now, I’m not going to lie – I don’t like the writing style. However, I am so invested in Nina as a character already that I can’t put it down. I know I’ll have this finished very soon. Then maybe I can pick up Let Me Lie again.

So, I pass this on to you: What books do you turn to when life is just too much? Is there a certain genre you like to choose from, or do you have old reads that you read during times like this?

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Book of the Month: March 2018

Keeping on with my new tradition of sharing my Book of the Month selection, here is the book I picked for March 2018! I say it every time but I am incredibly excited for this one!

I had a hard time this month coming to a decision on which book would arrive at my doorstep. I contemplated skipping but decided to read a little bit more on each book. Once I read that this one was a book for fans of The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, I knew it must be mine.


The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs boasts to be a literary mystery piece, a novel that is told through clues. We follow Hazel as she goes through clues left by her recently deceased grandfather, a famed mathematician, to find an equation that must be delivered to a colleague of his. But Hazel isn’t the only person trying to find this equation.

Every month, BOTM picks 5 great new releases for members to choose from. The choices vary genre and topic wise, making it even more possible that there will be a book that suits your fancy! I am not an affiliate or anything; I am just a big fan of this subscription!

What did you pick for your March BOTM?

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PageHabit February 2018 Mystery Box Review

I love receiving monthly subscriptions. I think it is fun to know I am getting at least one package a month that features things to my liking. I am a huge fan of the Book of the Month subscription but recently decided I wanted to add another bookish delivery to my services. After doing some research (and receiving a coupon code, let’s be real), I decided to dive into PageHabit.


PageHabit has been on the top of my list of subscriptions to try for a while. I enjoy the twist they have with their monthly boxes. Unlike BOTM, you do not get to pick the book that is delivered to you. However, you do get to choose your genre. I enjoyed the idea of knowing I would be getting a book from one of my favorite genres, possibly a book already on my TBR, but it being a complete surprise.

With this month, I went with Mystery. I am going to keep the Mystery box for at least another month, but I think I might switch it to Literary Fiction at some point. If you do choose to switch boxes, all you have to do is cancel your current subscription, then re-sign up with the new box you want to try. Easy peasy!


With PageHabit, though, you don’t just get a book. You get an experience. You open your box and on top is a note, handwritten by the author. How freakin’ cool is that?? I can’t speak for all letters, but the author for this month’s Mystery box wrote a little bit about her process, where the idea came from, and the differences between this book and her debut.


You also receive a few bookish items. For me this month, I received more than the usual (I think it’s around 2 or 3 bonus items a month) due to the coupon code I was able to use when signing up. For my box, I received a Game of Thrones bookmark, a black beanie that has a bookworm tag on it, a small copy of “Rip Van Winkle”, post-it notes (which I have been really needing, so huge thanks for that, Y’all!), and an adorable tote bag!


Now…the book. Well, again with my code, I was able to snag two books. The Mystery choice for February 2018 was The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson. Her debut, The Bookseller, is on my TBR and her second book sounds really interesting. I am not sure I would have picked it up on my own, but I am super excited to have it in my collection and cannot wait to read it! My bonus book was one that I almost bought earlier this week, Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna. I have heard such great things about this book! Also super excited to add this to my library.

Remember earlier when I said the PageHabit box was an experience? Here is where the box gets even MORE amazing: The books are full of annotations from the author themselves! So as you are reading, you’ll come across post-it notes that explain the thinking process behind the scenes, possibly deleted scenes and/or characters, the writing process in general… Any little tidbit that author wanted to share. I find this to be such a unique and interesting twist on a book subscription!

If all that wasn’t awesome enough, PageHabit partners with different organizations that promote children’s literacy. For February, they worked with Books for Africa to donate books to children in Ethiopia.

For $29.99 a month, I really feel like the people at PageHabit take the time to really make this box special, unique, and fun. If you aren’t interested in a monthly subscription, for $49.99 you can join one of their Quarterly boxes (shipped 4 times a year), which is similar to the monthly boxes but instead of just one annotated book by the author, you’ll also receive two more books handpicked by the author for that month.

Overall, I am pleased as can be with this subscription. I am super glad that I decided to try it out and look forward to the box for this month!

If you are interested in checking PageHabit out, you can use my referral link here. If you sign up with that link, you will receive $10 off and I will receive $10 off my next box, as well. 


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March 2018 TBR

Last month, I was more adventurous than I probably should have been. If you read my overview, you know that February was a hard month for me and my family. I am getting back into my reading groove, I am excited to get some books off my list and start some fresh books.


Some carryovers from the month are those books I started and set aside for one reason or another. All three of these are roughly halfway done. They need to get off my list and fast! [From left to right: BiteLolaHarmless Like You]


I am currently reading The Woman in the Window and am LOVING it! I will have it done very soon. I’d also like to pick back up The Broken Girls, which I had started before but couldn’t get into.


I also plan to finish listening to Interview with the Vampire, so I can finally start He Said/She Said. And I received an ARC of Let Me Lie, which I know will be a quick read.

Basically, I am almost copy/paste-ing from February, with a few changes. Maybe March will go much better for me.

What books are you planning to read this month?

Monthly Recap

February 2018: Book Haul and TBR Overview

I worked very hard this month to not bring in too many books, especially since I brought in quite a few last month. As I start this, I have no clue how well I did. Honestly — I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around February almost being over! Where did the month go?


Of course, I did get my BOTM selection. I even started reading it but set it aside to read something else. I look forward to picking it back up again soon.



The only other physical book I added to my shelves was Follow Her Home by Steph Cha, which I picked up while getting some supplies for work at Dollar General.



I am always a sucker for Kindle book deals, so here are the ones I picked up this month:


From Audible, I picked up West Cork, Audible’s first venture into true crime. It’s a really interesting listen and it’s free for even non-Audible users, I do believe. I also picked up the audio version of Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant, a Kindle book I got a few months back because it was only a couple of dollars.



I received an ARC of Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh (one of my FAVEs) through Penguin’s First to Read program. I will be starting this book very, very soon.


Now, against my better judgment, I did a post announcing my intended TBR for the month of February. And believe it or not, I did intend to read these. I did. February was a very hard month for me and my family (and my reason for only posting a couple of posts this month). I lost my aunt suddenly on Valentine’s Day and lost interest in the book I was reading. Honestly, I lost interest in reading for a while. Then last week, my mother-in-law had to have heart surgery (she’s doing great, by the way!). So, needless to say, my mind has been elsewhere. It’s just been a very overwhelming little month. So, when I did feel like reading, I didn’t bother to follow my plans. I just read what sounded good.

The only book I actually ended up finishing was The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. I had hoped to have the review up but I don’t think I’m ready to write about it just yet… Soon. And I did listen to Interview with the Vampire and am about 30-40% done with it. It has been slow for me to get into it but I’m starting to enjoy it now.

Maybe for March, I’ll be less adventurous with my plans….


Did you miss any of my February posts?



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WWW Wednesday: February 14, 2018


What are you reading? Wednesday: This meme asks us to post about three books:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.


Currently, I am reading The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. I just got this from BOTM and am excited to see what happens!

I am also listening to West Cork, a true crime podcast made by Audible. I’m really enjoying it so far! It is free for a limited time (and still free as of this post), so if you are interested in true crime, you should really check it out.


Recently, I finished reading The Immortalists and listening to Good Me, Bad Me. I cannot speak enough good things about The Immortalists. If you are a fan of literary fiction, I feel like this is a must read. I also really enjoyed Good Me, Bad – a good thriller that was really well narrated. I’ll have reviews up for these ASAP!


Up next, I think I’m going to tackle the books that have been on my Currently Reading shelf for months but I haven’t actually picked up in…a really long times. I definitely would like to get Bite marked as completed, and if I could do the same for Lola, I will be a really happy lady!


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Book of the Month: February 2018

I thought I’d share my February pick, after posting about my January pick last month.



For this month, I went with the thriller The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. This was apparently a big winner among the BOTM community; most of my friends who also subscribe picked this one. One of my favorite things about being part of this community is that occasionally, we get early picks. This book doesn’t come out until March.

I started it earlier this week. I’m super interested in the idea but haven’t been completely sucked in just yet….

Every month, BOTM picks 5 great new releases for members to choose from. The choices vary genre and topic wise, making it even more possible that there will be a book that suits your fancy! I am not an affiliate or anything; I am just a big fan of this subscription!

What did you pick for your February BOTM?



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Please like this book. Or just don’t read it.


Sometimes, I read a book and I love it so much, I don’t want anyone else to read it. Not because I’m selfish, no. But out of fear the person won’t like it and it will give me feelings about them not liking it.

It doesn’t happen often. But occasionally, while scrolling through Goodreads, I’ll see a friend has started reading a book I loved. And I’ll get a little anxious at the idea of them reading it. I’ll wonder, did they read it because I hyped it up? And if so, did I hype it up too much?

When that person rates is a 3 (I’m referencing a specific event, just FYI), it will hurt me at first. But then I have to remember — I rate lots of good books a 3. A 3 isn’t a bad score. And reading is subjective. We both read that book differently, we both took different things from that book. We’re both completely different people — it just seems rare that we would feel 100% exactly the same about this book.

But sometimes a less than perfect score really will make me wonder — what did they see differently? Sometimes I want to spark a discussion, but it’s been so long since I read it, I worry I won’t be able to hold up my end. So I usually say nothing and just wonder.

So I have to ask…are any of you similar in regards to friends reading your loved books?

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Author Talk: Chloe Benjamin and Thomas Pierce

Last month, I had the pleasure of going on a day trip with my mother.  First, we stopped at Bliss, one of my favorite yarn stores. We chatted and browsed and both left with a skein of yarn. While this was fun, this was just a precursor to our plans.

Leaving Bliss, we drove through backroads and daydreamed about what the inside of the gorgeous houses we were passing looked like. While I would never move to Nashville, those houses were beautiful. And obviously near two different places I love love love.


We arrived at Parnassus Books early. Neither of us had been there before (but boy are we huge fans now!), so we wanted the opportunity to browse before the author talk. The store is huge and laid out in such a wonderful way. This store is co-owned by author Ann Patchett, and though I’ve never read any of her work, I really enjoyed the idea of the store being owned by an author.



Mom and I crashed on a couch with our knitting. We met with another person there for the talk who was also a knitter (and lamented not bringing her own knitting). We discussed the store and future book talks (I hope to attend more in the future). As we talked, the employees kept adding more and more chairs, trying to make more room for people. The place was packed and we were ready to go!

Out came our guests, Chloe Benjamin and Thomas Pierce. Chloe Benjamin I am slightly familiar with (and was the reason I was there). I am currently reading her newest novel, The Immortalists, and learned that she is also a knitter. Thomas Pierce I did not think I knew, however, once I saw his book and read the blurb, I remembered that I had considered requesting an ARC of The Afterlives but decided against it since I was so behind on my ARCs. Once I realized this, I was even more excited for the talk.




Benjamin and Pierce were both very well spoken, gave good answers, and were just lovely to hear talk. They had discussions on mortality, the afterlife, psychics. It was interesting to hear about their process of writing and how different they both take on the task. One part that really stuck out to me was when they were discussing ghosts, Pierce was asked if he believed in them. He responded (and I’m paraphrasing slightly) that he likes to hold zero believes in many regards but have total openness for those things. I couldn’t agree more.




Afterwards, we were able to get our books signed. I, of course, brought my copy of The Immortalists but also bought Pierce’s The Afterlives and Benjamin’s first work The Anatomy of Dreams while waiting for the talk to begin. I got those signed, as well.

I loved this talk. It was fun and I was super glad I had the chance to have this opportunity with my mom. We are both wanting to attend more talks, so I will be paying attention to ones that Parnassus puts on as well as some at other bookstores. It was just so pleasant to be around people who enjoy reading.

Have you ever attended a book/author talk before? What would be your dream author talk to attend?