The Garden of Small Beginnings

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman A book about books, gardening and starting over.   The premise: Lilian is a textbook illustrator, a single mother and a widow.  Luckily, she’s able to make light of her recent mental breakdown and is focused on getting on with life, just as her boss chooses her to... Continue Reading →

The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh This story went much deeper than I expected.  I knew one of the main themes had to do with the Victorian tradition of communicating with flowers (eg. a red rose does indeed mean LOVE). However, that was literally all I knew when I picked up this book. The... Continue Reading →

The Summer That Made Us

The Summer That Made Us (Robyn Carr) Written in 2017, I read this book last summer and fell in love with Robyn Carr!   The Summer That Made Us is a great summer read (or a great winter read, when you are dreaming of sunshine). The book has strong female characters, tense family relationships, connection,... Continue Reading →

Beneath A Scarlet Sky

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan I borrowed this book from a coworker, just before leaving for vacation. I enjoy a good piece of historical fiction, and this one was close to being biographical.  Since it took place in Northern Italy, it was a perfect pick for one of my Italian-vacation reads! I read... Continue Reading →

Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane: A Novel by Kristin Hannah I love everything Kristin Hannah writes!  I read this book while on vacation, enjoying most of it while on a plane or bus.  In fact, at one point I was on a bus with 44 people, trying to hide the fact that I had tears running down my... Continue Reading →

Tequila Mockingbird

Tequila Mockingbird If Cocktails In The Library had a moscot book, it would be this beauty!  My sister gave me a copy as a Christmas gift, and if there was an award for Best Gift Ever, she may have won it with this one! Tequila Mockingbird - Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle... Continue Reading →

The Dry

Let’s talk about Jane Harper.   I have her most recent novel, The Lost Man, sitting on my TBR shelf.  I am planning to read it this summer, or, let’s be honest, this fall. (there are just so many really good books out there!)  I enjoyed her previous one, Force of Nature, last summer and her... Continue Reading →


As you may remember from my Summer Reading post, I shared five titles that I will surely read this summer (no matter how many great books try to derail me from my reading plan). If I’m tracking correctly, this is the second of the five. Inheritance by Dani Shapiro The Premise: When Dani submits her... Continue Reading →

Light Summer Reading

Accidental Beauty Queen / Field Notes on Love I read both of these recently because they were listed on the Summer Reading Guide put together by my favorite podcaster, Modern Mrs Darcy.  I would not have picked up either, if not for her recommendations. The Accidental Beauty Queen was light and funny.   The premise:... Continue Reading →

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