Top Ten Tuesday: Colors Edition

This week the Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books with colors in the title. I thought this would be super easy and committed to just using books that I've read... But man, it was actually kind of hard! I ended up scrolling through all my read books on Goodreads to trigger my memory and had to go back quite a ways to come up with a full list of 10 books. 
1. Motherhood So White: Such a good look at the discrepancies in how Black and white women are treated during pregnancy, adoption journeys and motherhood. Definitely made me think about the kind of mom-ally I want to be during this next phase of my life. 
2. The House in the Cerulean Sea: I absolutely adored this book. If these weird days of Covid and politics and life have you feeling down, go pick this up! It is almost too sweet and adorable, but feels like a big warm hug and will make you smile. 
3. RedWhite & Royal Blue: Romance books are not ones I'd typically go for, but after hearing so much hype about this one I couldn…

April and May Reads

April and May were ROUGH months for me. I found out I was expecting in early March and shortly thereafter started experiencing horrible morning sickness. I ended up being diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, was severely dehydrated, and basically couldn't function for about 10 weeks. Needless to say, I didn't get much reading done and these three are all books I had started in March!
Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Kya lives in the marshes of North Carolina with her family, but as they abandon her one-by-one, she must learn to survive on her own. As she grows, she begins to crave human connection and starts to venture into the local town more often with many unintended consequences. I thought this was a beautiful coming of age story with a dash of young love and a murder mystery! Originally this was a five star read for me, but then I read another review that made me re-examine the way Black characters are treated (aka mainly as a plot device to help the white m…

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Memories

This week Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie... But I am obsessed with the blog So Obsessed With and stealing her idea this week with a little bit of a twist. Her list was more focused on events, mine will be more focused on specific books at specific moments! I had SO much fun scrolling through my Google Photos to jump start my memory and reflecting on all these special moments in my reading life, all of which happened within the last two years. 
Sitting out on a cold Smoky Mountain morning reading, writing and listening to my husband play guitar. A runner up favorite was on this same trip, accidentally overflowing the jacuzzi tub with bubbles and reading in a little bubble bath fort!
My husband and I try to escape on a little mountains or cabin vacation once a year. This was our first visit to Brown County, Indiana, in January where there was literally no one else around and we could completely disconnect for a few days. I'd never read Neil Gaiman before and LOVED reading The Ocean at t…

March Reads

There are some book reviews and other fun things I'm looking forward to writing about soon, but first I'm determined to catch up on these book reviews!
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari 
This was a really fascinating account of modern day humankind and how exactly we came to be. A bit dense at times, but this book explores everything from evolution, to how the shift from hunting and gathering to settled farming drastically changed the course of history and human society, and even touched on other species that have gone extinct through the years, including other human-esque species like the Neanderthals. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston YA in general, and romance in particular, is not generally my genre of choice. But after hearing lots of hype about this one I couldn't resist grabbing it as a Book of the Month pick and was happily not disappointed. The LGBTQ representation was awesome, the hate to love romance was adorable, and the added "suspense"…

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Activities

There's nothing I love more than a good list, so of course I couldn't resist joining That Artsy Reader Girl in Top Ten Tuesday! This week's theme is all about book events or festivals that I would want to attend, and honestly although I'm sure there are some out there that I'd love to go to I can't think of any off the top of my head and I'm too sleepy to research them (I kind of hate everyone who says, "Just wait for the second trimester. All your energy will come back!!" Nope. So. Tired). So without further ado, I'm taking some liberties with the theme this week and listing fictional bookish activities I'd LOVE to take part in instead. My credit card will probably thank me for day dreaming about fictional trips and not real ones!

February Reads

I'm still working my way through a backlog of book reviews, so without further ado here's a peak at what I read back in February! The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy Workers at the Elysian Society are able to channel the dead, giving the living a chance to connect with their lost loved ones. Edie is unusually good at her job, until Patrick comes to connect with his departed wife. Edie slowly becomes tangled up in Patrick's life and is forced to deal with some things from her own past. This was a really intriguing premise and story, but I found myself skimming and not really invested in the characters.⭐️⭐️⭐️Good Girls Lie by J.T. EllisonAt an all girls boarding school, newcomer Ash is thrust into the hazing, intrigue and mystery that is kept hidden from the world at large. And then the most popular girl in school is found dead, bringing a myriad of secrets to life. Told from alternating timelines, this was a fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. …

January Reads

Hello, readers! I have always wanted to maintain a book blog, but also always find myself slacking on it. These past few months have been no exception. Dealing with health issues and a difficult first trimester really took a toll on my reading life, but now that I'm back on my feet I'm eager to get back into the bookish world! Here's what I read in January...
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldA reclusive world famous author invites a biographer into her home to hear the true story of her past. Vida and Margaret are each carefully dancing around long buried secrets, family affairs and the stories that bind them. I loved the mystery, the gothic, slightly creepy setting, and a cast of great secondary characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The Grace Year by Kim LiggetIn this dystopian world, when girls turn 16 they are sent off into the woods for a year to release their "magic" and come back ready to settle down as wives and mothers. When Tierney sets out on her own Grace Year, …