Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust This is the second book I have read by Bashardoust. I think in all honesty, I enjoyed the first - Girls Made of Snow and Glass a bit more, but this one was very good as well. My only complaint is that in a few parts, it felt a... Continue Reading →

Anxious People

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorites for 2021! Similar to A Man Called Ove, Backman tells a sad story with a bunch of laugh out loud humor. The characters are hysterical, yet believable. The premise - a real-estate open house, a bank robbery... Continue Reading →

How The Light Gets In

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny This is the 9th book in Penny's Inspector Gamache series. There are 16 books in this series so starting it is a commitment. While book 7 still remains my favorite so far, I really enjoyed How the Light Gets In. This installment of the series has us... Continue Reading →

Wintering

Part memior, part spiritual philosphy, May shares her personal view and insight in a way that has me looking at winter in a whole new light! There isn't much to say, other than "pick it up, make a cup a tea, grab a blanket and settle in for a long winter afternoon".

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson How can I not read a book that starts with a book club gathering? The premise: Our main character, Amy, is a good mom, a good friend, a good wife and a good neighbor.  She lives in a perfect (if not occassionally catty) suburben neighborhood. Her and her... Continue Reading →

Juniper Royal (Cocktail)

We were gifted a couple tiny bottles of presecco over the holidays, so I decided a bubbly drink was in order. From page 188 of our Ultimat Bar Book, I bring you the Juniper Royale. 2 oz Gin1 oz Orange Juice1 oz Cranberry Juice (I used Cran-Rasp)Dash of grenadine6 oz bottle of chilled bubbly Shake... Continue Reading →

Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam I was a little on the fence about this book, so I read the reviews to see what other people thought.  It appears there is a wide range of opinions on it.  The Premise: A family of 4 rent a vacation home in a rural area to get... Continue Reading →

Mastering the Art of French Eating

Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah Ann Mah is not just a journalist,  but also a foodie and a Francophile.  So when her husband took an assignment in Paris, France she thought she had won the lottery.  However, soon, he was reassigned again and she was left alone to make a home... Continue Reading →

The Late Bloomers Club

The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller A nice, light book to start the new year. Nothing deep, no big plot twist, just a nice story with a bit of family drama and romance. The premise: Nora and Kit are sisters. Nora, the oldest, is the responsible one. She runs the family diner and takes... Continue Reading →

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