Category: Reading & Writing

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

I devoured The Witches of New York from the beginning until the end. You all know how much I love a good witchy story and this delivered! Rich in atmosphere and witch lore, this book is not to be missed by those who wish that magic was real. In the 1880s, Adelaide and Eleanor run …

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I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

Thank you to Netgalley and Doubleday Books for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own. This book is scheduled to be published in March and can be preordered HERE. I remember watching a TV show about the Romanovs when I was a very little girl. It had to be before 1992, because I vividly …

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2018 Goals

2018 Goals

We’ve reached the point where every blogger is setting their 2018 goals. Last year I threw mine together in a very slap-dash way, but am happy to say that I’m still pretty happy with the way 2017 turned out. But for 2018, I wanted to be very thoughtful about my aims, so I’ve been thinking …

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The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

The Women in the Castle is yet another WWII book! This one was set in Germany and its central characters were members of the German resistance, which I’ve read nothing about. Marianne von Lingenfels’ husband is one of the leaders of the resistance and Marianne is assigned The Commander of the Wives and Children. When …

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2018 Tournament of Books

2018 Tournament of Books

The Long List for the 2018 Tournament of Books was released last week. Do you follow the Tournament? It’s a fun and engaging way to experience a book award!  The shortlist is announced in January but the tournament happens in March: each book is pitted against another, bracket-style. Each round is assigned a judge, who …

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La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman

I was so excited when the publication of La Belle Sauvage was announced earlier this year that I did something that I hardly every do: I preordered it. I adored Pullman’s His Dark Materials series and when I found out that he was writing another series that would be a prequel to Lyra’s adventures, I …

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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life was the final installment of the All Souls Trilogy, which follows Diana and Matthew back to present day to finally put their hands on that dang Ashmole book. They travel the world – they spend time in Diana’s ancestral home in the States, they visit England, and stay in Paris. They …

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network is a WWII novel that takes place in France, which is my favorite time period and location, so this one was bound to be a winner for me. But please bear with me – I am playing catch up with my posts, so they won’t be as detailed as some of my …

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Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Astonish Me was a different sort of book for me, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it! We follow Joan, an aspiring ballet dancer turned teacher, from the 70s through a post 9/11 world. Jacob fell in love with Joan when they were children, but Joan’s true love was ballet. She met Arslan, a remarkable Russian …

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Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career, edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career, edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

I told you that I have an addiction to these books! Maximize Your Potential is another volume in the 99U series about tailoring your life and career to your own aspirations. This one didn’t feel as relevant to me as Manage Your Day to Day, but I still did a ton of highlighting and pulled …

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