ARC Review | The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

ARC Review | The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

I have a complicated relationship with Tatiana de Rosnay’s books, having absolutely loved (or, at least, remembering a fierce love for) Sarah’s Key when it first came out in 2006, but for some reason that I can’t even really put into words not having picked up a single of her books since then and before The Rain Watcher. Normally I’m prone to immediately jumping on any book written by an author that I’ve read and enjoyed previously, but it just didn’t stick with Tatiana de Rosnay. One thing I remember being primarily taken with in relation to Sarah’s Key was the prose – Tatiana de Rosnay’s writing is especially beautiful and that did not disappoint in The Rain Watcher. It’s a complicated book to try and describe, honestly,  but I think what saved it was definitely the writing.  At it’s core, The Rain Watcher is about family – the inextricably tangled bonds that govern our lives, in ways both good and bad, simple and complicated, fleeting and forever. I feel that if the book had been left to just this; just the family and the relationships therein, it would have been a much stronger read for me. However, there were […]

ARC Review | The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

ARC Review | The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Kate Morton’s books have always held a special place on my bookshelf, and her words a special place in my heart. She has the ability to weave such interesting stories, decades or centuries apart, and keep you hooked on as many timelines as she’ll give you, as many characters as needed, as many chapters as necessary – a feat that eludes some authors. Dual timelines are certainly not for everyone, and even as much as I love the plot device, more often than not I find myself highly invested in one and only reading the other just to get back to the good stuff. That’s never been the case for Morton, though, and I’m glad – because she brought out ALL the timelines for this one. When I first read the synopsis, I got a vibe similar to Tana French’s The Likeness, or Donna Tartt’s Secret History (which, to be fair, I have not personally read BUT I have heard is similar to plot to The Likeness). A group of individuals runs away and creates their own home, their own family, their own retreat, just for a little bit – but inevitably it all goes wrong. However, after getting about […]

If We Were Having Mexican & Margaritas … | Vol. 4

If We Were Having Mexican & Margaritas … | Vol. 4

Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner has these great posts on her blog called, “If We Were Having Coffee,” where she talks a little bit about the things going on in her life, the things behind the blogger. She got the inspiration from a life coach and has been doing them ever since 2013! I’ve loved every one I’ve read, and after seeing some other people do their take on this great idea (like Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust), I decided to do my own version. Except my version is “If we were having Mexican & Margaritas,” because I kid you not, some of the most important conversations of my life have happened at my local Mexican restaurant. (Also, I love tacos.) If we were having Mexican and Margaritas, I would tell you … that August was the worrrsssttttt month for me when it came to reading. It’s not a surprise, really – I work for a college bookstore so traditionally August is a very busy month for us and my brain is just completely wiped every day when I get home. Seriously though, I was reading one book for the entire month and I didn’t finish it until September! Ugh. I always feel so weird when I’m slumping […]

Half a Year in Review: January – July 2018

Half a Year in Review: January – July 2018

So, uh. It’s August 6th. Ha. When did that happen exactly?? I’m not exactly sure how the entirety of this year has flown by like this, but here we are. I’ll be doing a Mexican & Margaritas post later this week to hopefully catch up on a brief version of everything that’s going on with me right now but in the meantime, here’s six months worth of recap! Pens. Balto. Weight Loss. NYC Hot Dogs. Bookstores. Canterbury Candles. The Beach. New Apt #1. New Truck. It Is Your Birthday. Wine & Books. More Bookstores. Steggies. Brooklyn Egg Shops. Birthdays. DC Stationery Stores. Cooking with Cats. Manhattan Bridge. January Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen | ★★★★ Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen | ★★★★ Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen | ★★★★ Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans | ★★★ Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins | ★★★ February Secrets of Nanreath Hall by Alix Rickloff | ★★★ The Memory of Us by Camille Di Maio | ★★★★★ The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory | ★★★★ High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin | ★★★★ Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer | ★★★★ Italian for Beginners by Kristin Harmel | ★★★ March Neverland by Shari Arnold | ★★★★ The War That Saved My Life […]

Top Ten Tuesday | Books Set in Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday | Books Set in Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted for years by The Broke and the Bookish, and now by That Artsy Reader Girl – it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic: Books That Take Place in Another Country True to #booknip form, I went through my books and decided to do this with all historical fiction war novels! I was actually surprised I was able to find ten different countries, even though it took me going through 3-4 wars to find one for each country. The Woman Who Heard Color ★★★★★    The War That Saved My Life ★★★★★ Between Shades of Gray ★★★★★ For Freedom ★★★★★ Uprooted ★★★★ At The Water’s Edge ★★★★ Villa Triste ★★★★★ The Girl on the Cliff ★★★★ The Kitchen Boy ★★★★★ The Perfume Garden ★★★ Have you read any of these books? What country is the favorite setting for you to read about? Let’s […]

Top Ten Tuesday | Books That *Shocked* Me!

Top Ten Tuesday | Books That *Shocked* Me!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic: I decided to interpret this a little loosely (just a little!) because books can shock us in all kinds of ways. I mentioned ten books that legitimately shocked me plot-wise, and three that shocked me because I wasn’t expecting to enjoy them as much as I did! (Also, just as a side note: Normally, if there’s a twist, I’m so completely sucked into the story and the characters and the plot that I completely miss it until it’s already happened – both with movies and with books. For that reason, any book that promises a crazy twist almost always gets me .. but some definitely more than others!) Edenbrooke | Kingdom of Ash and Briars | Summers at Castle Auburn Two of these books were recommended […]

If We Were Having Mexican & Margaritas … | Vol. 3

If We Were Having Mexican & Margaritas … | Vol. 3

Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner has these great posts on her blog called, “If We Were Having Coffee,” where she talks a little bit about the things going on in her life, the things behind the blogger. She got the inspiration from a life coach and has been doing them ever since 2013! I’ve loved every one I’ve read, and after seeing some other people do their take on this great idea (like Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust), I decided to do my own version. Except my version is “If we were having Mexican & Margaritas,” because I kid you not, some of the most important conversations of my life have happened at my local Mexican restaurant. (Also, I love tacos.) If we were having Mexican and Margaritas, I would tell you … that I’m currently rereading one of my all-time favorite series: The War That Saved My Life and its sequel, The War I Finally Won. It follows the story of Ada Smith over the course of about 3 years during World War II, after she is evacuated from London with her brother and ends up in Kent with a guardian that, at first, doesn’t really think she can cope with taking care of […]