ARC Review – The First Free Women by Matty Weingast

Poetry, Buddhism| 128 pages | 02.11.2020 | Shambhala Publications 4 STARS This is a new translation of poems by the first Buddhist nuns. This translation feels special.  It comes from the heart rather than being a technical one. I have not read any other versions of these poems but I deeply connected with Weingast's interpretations.… Continue reading ARC Review – The First Free Women by Matty Weingast

And thus concludes my January

Hi lovelies, 2020!!!!! This is crazy! I love a good new beginning and every year I look forward to January. One of my goals this year is to not care about book number but page number AND mindful reading instead; and you'll see I have slowed down considerably. January kind of flew by ... .… Continue reading And thus concludes my January

And thus concludes my December AND this decade

Hi lovelies, Oh gosh, this is so very late!!!! Nevertheless, I had a really great December. I enjoy the holiday season immensely and was able to devote quite some time to reading. My Goodreads reading group did an end-of-decade cramathon and that really spurred me on to finish all (but one) reading goal for 2019.… Continue reading And thus concludes my December AND this decade

ARC Review – When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald

YA, Contemporary Lit | 336 pages | 01.28.2020 | Scout Press 4 STARS What a debut novel?! MacDonald just entered the literary world with a bang. We meet Zelda, a 21-year-old woman with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, who is in the throws of making sense of herself and the world around her. Socioeconomic struggles, as well… Continue reading ARC Review – When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald

ARC Review – The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Gothic Horror, Classics | 304 pages | 01.07.2020 | Poisoned Pen Press 5 STARS Poisoned Pen Press does a lovely re-release of this wonderful classic Gothic horror tale. I think the story is pretty well known but for anyone who has lived under a rock for the past 100 or so years, here is a… Continue reading ARC Review – The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

ARC Review -The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

Chick Lit, Romance | 416 pages | 01.07.2020 | HQN 3 STARS Sarah is happy with her man, Ridge, ... or is she? She works in her quaint bookshop in Connecticut while he is busy traveling the world chasing one news story after another. Too much time in between visits? Too many excuses? In comes… Continue reading ARC Review -The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

ARC Review – Husband Material by Emily Belden

Chick Lit, Romance | 304 pages | 12.30.2019 | Graydon House 3 STARS Another book with great potential that just sort of falls flat. The premise is really cute - I like a good geeky plot - but the characters are overwhelmingly lacking in charm and the romance just seems completely off. We meet Charlotte,… Continue reading ARC Review – Husband Material by Emily Belden