First Impression Friday: “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman

A few years ago I picked up My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman, and I enjoyed it so much that I tried A Man Called Ove next, but I read the first chapter and had to put the book down, because there was absolutely nothing in the world that … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman

Book Review: “Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo

I read this entire book in a day, and I absolutely love it when books are just that fascinating enough to me nowadays. (Well, I guess it didn't help that I borrowed it from the library, forgot about it, and got an email saying my library hold was up in three days -- whoops.) I... … Continue reading Book Review: “Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo

First Impression Friday: “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T.J. Klune

I've been on the waiting list for this book at my local library since February, and it finally came in this past weekend. At this point, much like many of the other books I've been on the waiting list for months for, I've completely forgotten everything about it but remembered I put it on the … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T.J. Klune

First Impression Friday: “Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo

This is another library book that I've been waiting on for a long time. From GoodReads: Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo

First Impression Friday: “The Conductors” by Nicole Glover

I recommended this to my library several months ago and they finally bought it, and I was first on the waiting list! From GoodReads: As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Hetty Rhodes helped usher dozens of people north with her wits and magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Conductors” by Nicole Glover

Book Review: “Hollow Kingdom” by Kira Jane Buxton

It took me almost two weeks to get through this book, and I'm not sure why. I read the first 45% in fits and starts, and then caught an empty day at work where I blew through the remainder of the book all at once, and I'll just go ahead and spoil the end of … Continue reading Book Review: “Hollow Kingdom” by Kira Jane Buxton

Book Review: “The Lost Apothecary” by Sarah Penner

I normally love books that have a present-day story and a historical story, and I love seeing how the author weaves the two timelines together. I think that with any other book, or indeed with any other main character other than Caroline, this would have worked really well for the author. Unfortunately, Caroline is such … Continue reading Book Review: “The Lost Apothecary” by Sarah Penner

First Impression Friday: “The Witch’s Heart” by Genevieve Gornichec

Good morning, and welcome back to First Impression Friday! This is where I reveal to you that I'm currently writing this FIF post in February (February 23, to be exact!), the day after I received my February Fantastic Strangling Book Club book in the mail, The Witch's Heart. I've seen a lot about this online … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Witch’s Heart” by Genevieve Gornichec

Book Review: “West With Giraffes” by Lynda Rutledge

After a bunch of depressing books in a row, this is the first book that I would like to shout to the rooftops and tell everyone to read it, because it is absolutely beautiful. The beginning is a little disjointed - and the few "current era" interruptions of Woody by his nursing home orderlies are … Continue reading Book Review: “West With Giraffes” by Lynda Rutledge

Book Review: “My Sister, the Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Remember when I said I was shocked at how fast this book seemed to go by? I finished the whole thing in an hour. I seem to remember it looking way longer whenever I spotted it on bookshelves at the store, but the secrets were revealed to the Kindle percentage tracker. If you've forgotten the … Continue reading Book Review: “My Sister, the Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite