My March Reading Wrap-up

Hello readers! March was a blustery month, with snow and storms and plant-killing temperatures (I know better than to plant this early, I got impatient). But spring is nearly here, and the trees are blossoming everywhere I look. This winter felt very long, but I’m already excited just to be able to sit outside on…

Review: Laundry Love by Patric Richardson and Karin Miller

This will seem an odd choice to some readers – read about doing laundry? I’d heard rave reviews of this book, especially from Modern Mrs. Darcy, so I picked it up. Not only is this a surprisingly fun read but it’s incredibly practical. I found myself highlighting, bookmarking, and re-reading. Then I made a shopping list, went…

Review: Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu

This is the kind of historical novel I love – it’s a decades-spanning family saga that builds on the author’s own family history.  In this debut novel, Fu tells a story that parallels that of her father, who is born in China during the Japanese War of Aggression in the 1940s and the Chinese Civil…

A Book Club Survey

I don’t do a lot of “book tag” posts, but the book club in my office sent around this survey to identify future books, and I’m shamelessly lifting it. There’s no cute theme here; just good questions that got me thinking.  It’s an interesting approach for a book club, because I don’t know how they’ll sift…

My February Reading Wrap-up

I read a LOT in February, considering it’s a short month, although three of these books were novella length and many were comfort reads. I’m not a cold-weather person and February left me feeling drained (it feels like the longest month). I’m very much looking forward to spring AND getting out into the world more.…

Review: Come As You Are by Jennifer Haupt

When asked if I’d be interested in reviewing this book, I was excited by the idea of a novel set in early 90s Seattle music scene. I was in college at that time and it may be cliché but the Seattle sound really did rock my world. There was something so personal and emotional about the…

Review: Mala’s Cat by Mala Kacenberg

In some ways, every Holocaust story is like every other: the horrors endured, the unbelievable cruelty, watching family members die, and having to make unimaginable decisions to survive. But in other ways, every Holocaust story is unique, as is this one. Born in 1927 in Tarnograd, Poland, Mala had a happy childhood until 1939, when…

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