REVIEW: Sharks in the Time of Saviors

This story explores Hawaiian culture and beliefs in a world where mainstream culture is sweeping away that identity. We follow one family who think they have been touched by the gods, destined for greatness after their 7 year old son is saved by sharks. Their belief in the potential to pull themselves out of the worldContinue reading “REVIEW: Sharks in the Time of Saviors”

REVIEW: Demon Copperhead

“The wonder is that you could start life with nothing, end with nothing, and lose so much in between.” ——————“I don’t know a single person, my age who’s not taking pills.” ——————- Kingsolver gives you exactly what she promises with this one. This story is stark and heartbreaking with a 2022 view on institutional povertyContinue reading “REVIEW: Demon Copperhead”

Pub Day REVIEW: What Lies in the Woods

Twenty two years ago, three eleven year old best friends used to play imaginary games in the woods. But on one horrible afternoon they were attacked, with Naomi’s testimony a serial killer was arrested. Now a podcaster is looking into the truth of their story and the girls are forced to confront what really happenedContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: What Lies in the Woods”

REVIEW: The Notekeeper

“And if you are a mess, it doesn’t stop you deserving to be loved.” ———————————- Zoe is a thirty something hospice nurse. She wants to help people have a “good death,” something that was denied to one of her family members. After that death she fled Australia to set up shop in Bath, England. SheContinue reading “REVIEW: The Notekeeper”

2022 Reading By the numbers

300 books 101,945 pages204 Netgalley / ARC / Author request 66 Backlist 67 Audiobook 231 Female 87 BIPOC author 32 Contemporary 57 Historical Fiction 100 Fantasy / Scifi 43 Thriller / Mystery 17 Horror 26 Romance 24 Non-fiction 1 Graphic Novel 7 DNF

December Wrap Up

This month I read 28 books… lots of audiobooks finished as I’ve had a few quiet work weeks without endless conference calls so I could listen while I worked. 🎧 Rough Country* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📱 The Circus Train* ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📗 Factory Girls* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ 📱 The Christmas Clash* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ 🎧 All the Dangerous Things* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ 📱 The Witch ofContinue reading “December Wrap Up”

REVIEW: Factory Girls

“You can talk sh*te about your Irish blood but ah’ll tell ye for free, you’re sure as f*ck not Irish.” ———————— Maeve, Aoife and Caroline are three Catholic friends living the summer between high school and college in a small town in Northern Ireland in the 1990’s. They go for a job at the localContinue reading “REVIEW: Factory Girls”

REVIEW: Notes on an Execution

“Tragedy had a texture. A knot, begging to be unraveled.”—————————— Ansel Packer is scheduled for execution in 12 hours. He is hopeful he will find a way out of his fate. His whole life he has been working on his theory of good and evil. We learn more about him, his upbringing and the crimesContinue reading “REVIEW: Notes on an Execution”

November Wrap Up

This month felt a little slower, I only read 20 books. I did have one DNF but I’m most proud of myself for digging deep in the Netgalley queue to knock a few more of my 2020 backlist. I finally hit 50%! 📗 Sugaring Off* ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📘 Fatty Fatty Boom Boom* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📕 Nightbitch* – DNF at 25%Continue reading “November Wrap Up”

REVIEW: The Existence Of Amy

Amy is a twenty something living your average life. But she has a bit of a secret. Holding her back from life is crushing mental illness. Her job, her friends and her day to day joy is dampened by her internal struggles. We see her battling with her anxieties and fears to get out of bed,Continue reading “REVIEW: The Existence Of Amy”