Book Review: “Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men” by Harold Schechter

I can see why some people rated this book so low. The author has gone out of his way to make sure that pictures of Belle get put into the book, and yet he still describes her as "not a beauty" (when the first picture is very attractive for its time) and later says "That … Continue reading Book Review: “Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men” by Harold Schechter

First Impression Friday: “Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men” by Harold Schechter

I don't remember where I picked this book up (maybe it was a daily Kindle deal?), or why I picked it up (it was probably in the midst of my True Crime phase), but since I'm currently stalled on The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan until I can see my sister and acquire … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men” by Harold Schechter

Book Review: “Dark Archives” by Megan Rosenbloom

I always find it hard to review non-fiction books, because a topic that's interesting to me could still be interesting to me if the author presents it in a rather dry format, but other people may want their non-fiction to be a bit spicier, and they don't like reading dry and dull books. At least … Continue reading Book Review: “Dark Archives” by Megan Rosenbloom

First Impression Friday: “The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington” by Jennet Conant

I just finished A Woman of No Importance and realized that I had a book titled The Irregulars on my shelf, and decided I needed to read that one. ("The Irregulars" is the name of Virginia Hall's spy ring/allies near the end of the war.) I assumed it would be about the same general thing, … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington” by Jennet Conant

Book Review: “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II” by Sonia Purnell

I've now completed two non-fiction books in a row (I've completely given up on Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil because it's just drudgery), and I feel like I still enjoyed Endurance better, because the reading wasn't as dense. That's not to say that this story of Virginia Hall is to be skipped: … Continue reading Book Review: “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II” by Sonia Purnell

First Impression Friday: “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II” by Sonia Purnell

I've currently given up on Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, and so I decided to take a look at what else I had sitting on my Kindle, unread and unloved. I think Endurance just hit so hard that finding another non-fiction book to read after it (and finding another fiction book to … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II” by Sonia Purnell

Book Review: “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey” by Alfred Lansing

I know there have been numerous fiction books that I have finished and thought, Everyone I know needs to read this book, but never have I ever had that feeling with a non-fiction book. Until now. Shackleton's journey in Endurance is an absolutely incredible one, and I am going to go ahead and preface this … Continue reading Book Review: “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey” by Alfred Lansing

First Impression Friday: “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt

I can't tell you how often I walked past the True Crime section when I worked at the bookstore and saw this book cover looming out at me. I also can't tell you how many times I had people come in and ask me about this book. It was one of our most popular True … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt

First Impression Friday: “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey” by Alfred Lansing

After so many fiction/fantasy books, I've decided to switch things up by reading a non-fiction book. I can't remember what got me to pick this one up on the Kindle store, but I'm assuming I had a bit of that "Great on Kindle" ebook credit and thought this one looked interesting. From Book Shop: In … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey” by Alfred Lansing

First Impression Friday: “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo

Welcome back to First Impression Friday! Several weeks ago, I talked about how I have been working through a writer's block and how I was going to try and write more. And then 2020 became more of a dumpster fire than it already was and between trying to keep up with what was going on … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo