Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review Wrap-Up #2: August 15, 2017


Here we go with Review Wrap-Up #2! It's looking like maybe this will be a once a month thing :-) These are the books I've reviewed in the last month, and I'm so glad to report that I loved most of them!

Monday, August 7, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (8-7-17)


Happy Monday! I haven't done too much reading recently because ... life.

1) My uncle moved from Los Angeles to my small town last Wednesday. He's living in a really nice assisted living facility, and though the transition has been a bit rough so far, I'm hopeful that he'll soon settle into his new life.

2) One of my best friends is getting married this Saturday, and her bachelorette party was last weekend. At said party, I had my first massage ever ... it was very nice!

3) I spent some time with my sister in Omaha. We went to a Lady Antebellum concert with our cousin, and the next morning, Blendy treated me to breakfast out for my birthday (which is this coming Saturday—I'll be a little busy with wedding things!), where I had the best gluten free cinnamon roll ever!

4) School. This time next week, I'll be at our back-to-school night, and we start back next Tuesday. Where did the summer go?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

"The Captivating Lady Charlotte" by Carolyn Miller


Earlier this year, I read Carolyn Miller's The Elusive Miss Ellison. In the novel, readers met Lavinia Ellison's cousin Charlotte, a young woman about to make her debut into society. Charlotte intrigued me, so of course I wanted to read The Captivating Lady Charlotte (which happens to have quite the captivating cover, I must say!).

Sunday, July 30, 2017

"Can't Help Falling" by Kara Isaac


Can't Help Falling
 was one of the books shortlisted for the Inspy Award in the Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense category, which I had the honor of helping judge. I'd never read anything by author Kara Isaac before, but by the time I was about 25% into the book, I'd gone back and purchased Close to You, Isaac's debut novel about two of the minor characters from Can't Help Falling.

I'm pretty careful about spending book money, so that shows you just how much I was loving Can't Help Falling!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

"A Name Unknown" by Roseanna M. White


Last year, I read the last two novels in Roseanna M. White's Ladies of the Manor series, and I knew then that I definitely wanted to keep reading her novels. When the first book in her new Shadows Over England series came up for review, I eagerly requested it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"By Your Side" by Kasie West

I've heard a lot about Kasie West over the years—she's a favorite among some of my favorite bloggers—but By Your Side is the first of her books I've read. And while it's not perfect, it's a good one!

Monday, July 24, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (7-24-17)



Happy Monday! This is one of those Mondays when it feels like the weekend just wasn't long enough ... though that's just about every Monday, if I'm honest!

I had been going through a reading lull, only reading what I absolutely had to for review purposes, but over the past three days or so, all I've wanted to do is read. So that's a good sign! While I wasn't reading, I was pretty preoccupied by my free trial of UP Faith & Family. They have a lot of Hallmark-type movies, and I enjoyed most of the ones I watched. (I wrote about my free trial here.) I was also watching every single Cubs game, as I had a free two-week trial to MLB.tv. It spoiled me, for sure ... but I won't be continuing the subscription for two reasons: 1. It's WAY too expensive. 2. I felt compelled to watch/listen to every game, and who has time for that in a 162-game season?