January 2022 Wrap-Up

I know I start off every single monthly wrap-up post with "Can you believe we're already through [Insert Month Here]?", but this time I really mean it. How are we already one month into 2022, and yet it still feels like we're in March 2020? Books: Here's what I read in January 2022. Can you … Continue reading January 2022 Wrap-Up

Book Review: “Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo

If I were to sum up this book in one word, it would be COMMUNICATION. If I were to sum up this book in one sentence, it would be: MAL AND ALINA NEED TO LEARN HOW TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER BECAUSE IT'S ALL THEIR FAULTS. Keeping up with our "generic YA Fantasy" genre, … Continue reading Book Review: “Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo

First Impression Friday: “Ruin and Rising” by Leigh Barudgo

Well, we've made it to the end of the series, and so far Mal hasn't died. From GoodReads: The capital has fallen.The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.Deep in an ancient network of … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Ruin and Rising” by Leigh Barudgo

Recipe Review: Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet from Budget Bytes

ORIGINAL RECIPE HERE One of my favorite types of recipes now that I'm going back into the office is one-pot meals, simply because they're super easy and don't require a ton of cleanup at the end of the day. One of my favorite places to get new recipes from is Budget Bytes, a website I … Continue reading Recipe Review: Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet from Budget Bytes

TTT:  New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

Good morning and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as always by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week's theme is new-to-me authors in 2021, and I think I've actually got a lot of these! 1 - Jeff Smith, author of the Bone graphic novels I bought my husband the entire 9-book set of the … Continue reading TTT:  New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

Book Review: “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

It took me far too long to get around to reading these books - I can't believe this book was published in 2012 and I just...never found out about them? I was working at the bookstore in 2014 when the last book in the series came out! How did I not really hear anything about … Continue reading Book Review: “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

First Impression Friday: “Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo

I was shocked to find that Mal survived the ending of Shadow and Bone, but I'm sure that every page I turn in Siege and Storm brings him closer to Alina's eventual downfall. From GoodReads: Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo

Recipe Review: Brown Butter Brownies from Handle the Heat

ORIGINAL RECIPE LOCATED HERE My husband and I have a New Year's Eve tradition of making a blanket fort, eating a cheese board, and watching movies until the new year comes along (sometimes we fall asleep in the fort, too, but we're getting too old to not sleep in beds lol). This year, I decided … Continue reading Recipe Review: Brown Butter Brownies from Handle the Heat

TTT: 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To

Good morning and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as always by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week's theme is books released in 2021 that I didn't get around to reading, and honestly, I don't have a lot of 2021 books on my TBR. (My current TBR is sitting at around 25 books, most … Continue reading TTT: 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To

First Impression Friday: “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

I accidentally read Six of Crows first, and didn't realize it was actually the second series set in the Grishaverse, so I'm out to right my wrongs. From GoodReads: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo