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  • The Middle Sister

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    Book Review: The Middle Sister

    I’m back with a book review and this time it’s a mystery/detective story. The Middle Sister by Jesse Miles is part of a series about private investigator Jack Salvo. This is the only one in the series that I’ve read so they don’t need to be read in order. In this installment of the Jack Salvo books, Salvo is hired by a wealthy family to find their daughter/sister, Lillie Manning. The mother hires him after her daughter has been missing for a week, but then we don’t really see or hear from her again. Her daughters Zara and Arden – Lillie’s older and younger sisters respectively – are Salvo’s points of contact.…

  • The View from Apartment Four

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    Book Review: The View from Apartment Four

    Happy Friday! This was one of those weeks where I’m not sure if it went by fast or slow. It was also one of those weeks that I couldn’t remember what day of the week it was. During my lunch breaks while working form home I’ve been getting a lot of my reading done. My most recent read has been on my tbr list for months, The View from Apartment Four: On Loving and Leaving New York by Skip Rozin. In this book, Skip Rozin tells of his life experiences, professional and personal, from the 1960s to the 2010s all while his apartment on the Upper West Side of New York…

  • The Wonderous & Tragic Life of Ivana & Ivana

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    Book Review: The Wondrous & Tragic Life of Ivan & Ivana

    New book alert! The Wonderful and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana has recently been translated into English and will be released on May 5! I was lucky enough to be sent an advanced copy (digital because of everything going on) to read. The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana by Maryse Condé is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It is so hard to describe because it is so unique! The novel follows twins Ivan and Ivana from childhood to young adulthood. They are born in Guadeloupe to a single mother. Their father was a traveling musician from Mali. From birth the twins have an otherworldly bond, which grows from a…

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    April 2020 Favorites

    Another month over, can you believe it? I can’t believe we’ve been in quarantine for about 6 weeks already. Sometimes it feels like the time has gone by really fast and other times it feels like forever. It is hard to believe that the whole month of April has gone by though. For this month’s favorites, I have a lot of tv related things since I’m watching a lot more these days. First, I was obsessed with the Food Network Tournament of Champions. It was so fun to watch! It’s like March Madness but with famous chefs.   Next, I have been watching Hawaii Five-O for the past 10 years and early…

  • Ever Alice

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    Book Review: Ever Alice

    If you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland then Ever Alice may be worth checking out. This take on the famous story follows Alice after the original story. Alice is now 15 and everyone thinks she’s crazy (or mad!) because she can’t stop talking about Wonderland. The novel begins with Alice in a psychiatric hospital in fact, because her parents don’t believe her and don’t know what to do with her. Feeling like her family has abandoned her, she will do anything to just get out of there and go home. Her doctor takes her to Switzerland, I believe it was, to meet with another doctor who has a new experimental treatment and…

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    Book Review: Spin the Dawn

    I have been getting extra reading in since we’ve been quarantined, which is one of the good things out of all of this. I have so many books on my tbr (to be read) list. Today, I’m sharing my book review of Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, because I haven’t shared it yet and the sequel is coming out this summer! If you’ve been following me on here since last summer then the book might seem familiar. It’s because I was invited to the book launch party in New York City! It was Sip & Sew where we got to eat, drink, mingle, and sew pouches along with author, Elizabeth…

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    Wattpad Book: My Life Plan…Undone

    Sharing a little bit of a life update with you guys this afternoon! If you follow me on here and/or social media regularly then you probably already know, but if you don’t, then I’m here to tell you that I’m writing a book on Wattpad! If you don’t know what Wattpad is, it’s a website and app that is filled with books and short stories. You can read and/or write on there. The stories have a wide range such as coming-of-age-novels, love, romance novel type books, supernatural, fan fiction, etc. I first heard of Wattpad a few years ago. Some of my students told me they were reading stories on…

  • Real Life

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    Book Review: Real Life

    Real Life by Adeline Dieudonné was originally written in French and has just recently been translated in to English for a new release. When I first started reading the novel, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it quickly gripped me and had me hooked to find out what would happen to the young narrator. The narrator, a young girl who we never learn the name of, lives with her mother, father, and younger brother. Her mother is quiet and unassuming – she describes her as an “amoeba” who is just sort of there. Why? Because her father is abrasive, abusive, and could be set off in to a violent rage…

  • Bound in Flame

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    Book Review: Bound in Flame

    Today’s book review is on a book that I truly could not put down the past few days – Bound in Flame by Katherine Kayne. I started the book probably a week or two ago, but was so busy that I could only read a chapter here and there. But, for the past few days I have dedicated time to read since I really wanted to get this review up and during those times of the day I could not put the book down. Before I knew it, each day, an hour had gone by and I needed to make dinner or something but couldn’t put the book down! The novel takes…

  • Hazel & Holly

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    Book Review: Hazel & Holly

    I’m back with a book review today and it’s a book that I really, really loved reading! Hazel & Holly is the story of two young sisters (I imagine them to be in their 20s) who are witches. They are trying to save their mother’s soul which has been trapped by their father, a warlock who practices necromancy. I know, it sounds really dark, but it’s actually got a lot of whimsy to it. The whole necromancy bit is the only dark part to it and it’s still done in a very fantastical, whimsical, magical way and not a dark, creepy way. If you don’t know what necromancy is – it…