Monday, June 6, 2022

The Liz Taylor Ring

Author:  Brenda Janowitz

Publisher:  Graydon House

Date Published:  February 1, 2022

Genre:  Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Rating:  ⭐

My Thoughts:

-    Lizzie and Ritchie have a romance for the ages, much like Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, but Ritchie's gambling problem causes trouble in paradise. After a 9 month separation, Ritchie gives Lizzie a big-a diamond ring. It is similar to the one that Burton gifted to Taylor. Flash forward a couple decades and the children of Lizzie and Ritchie all have different stories about what happened to the ring, so no one knows what to think when the ring suddenly shows up again. 

-    The story starts out great. I was highly invested in the family and the mystery, but I slowly lost interest. Towards the end, I felt like circumstances and happenings were convenient and unimaginative. 

-    I loved all the Elizabeth Taylor references, and I loved Lizzie and Ritchie's relationship. 

-    The book made me want to watch all the Elizabeth Taylor movies.

My Thoughts in a GIF:

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

May Stats

Books Read:  5

Pages Read:  2,093

1 Star:  0
2 Stars:  0
3 Stars:  4
4 Stars:  1
5 Stars:  0

Favorite Book of the Month:
The Audacity of Sara Grayson by Joani Elliott

May wasn't a great reading month for me. It also wasn't a great blogging month. I finished two video games, and those occupied my free time. I've also been watching stuff. I have a lack of motivation to blog lately. Hopefully I will get back into it soon.

Goal Progress:

Goodreads Challenge - I am 4 books ahead of schedule. (55/125)

Newbery Award Winners - I didn't read any, but I have one planned for June. (2/20)

Re-Read Books - Nope! (13/20)

Book Club Books - I managed to read my book club book! Yay! I finished it the day of book club, but I still made it! (5/10)

I hope you had a successful reading month.
Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Eleven Comfort Reads

Most of you can probably guess which books made my list. They show up in a lot of other lists. All of these books hold a special place in my heart.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven't Read

I try not to buy books before I've read them, so I don't have a huge pile of books that haven't been read, but I do make exceptions for certain authors and such. I don't know if I have ten, but here are all the books that I own, but haven't read yet. 

Friday, May 6, 2022

Dread Nation

Title:  Dread Nation

Author:  Justina Ireland

Series:  Dread Nation #1

Publisher:  Balzer + Bray

Date Published:  April 3, 2018

Genre:  Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Zombies

Rating:  ⭐

My Thoughts:

-    What if the fallen soldiers of Gettysburg became zombies? Jane is a "freed" slave, but she has very few choices in life. She gets sent to a school where black girls get trained to be "companions." Basically, they protect rich white ladies from zombies. Jane is very good at what she does, and when she catches the attention of certain people, she gets shipped off to a town that is run by some really backwards/stupid guys. 

-    When I found out that this book was about zombies during the civil war, I knew I had to read it. I wanted to love the book, but I ended up just liking it. I'm glad I read it, but it was lacking a certain something. 

-    I loved Jane. She had major attitude and the snark to go with it. Her mouth got her in trouble a few times, and it was hilarious. She is also a kick butt fighter and an amazing leader. Despite not being "allowed" to take charge, she does anyway. 

-    The story had a few lulls in it. I wasn't as engrossed in the story as I wanted to be. I liked how the story handled race, sexism, and other hot topics, but I wasn't invested in the plot. 

-    The fighting scenes were great. 

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Monday, May 2, 2022

April Stats

Books Read:  10

Pages Read:  4,375

1 Star:  0
2 Stars:  0
3 Stars:  3
4 Stars:  6
5 Stars:  1

Favorite Book of the Month:
Winter by Marissa Meyer

April went by crazy fast, but I read some really great books. I hope May's books are just as good. 

Goal Progress:

Goodreads Challenge - I am 9 books ahead of schedule. (50/125)

Newbery Award Winners - I didn't read any Newbery books in April. Gah! I had one on hold, but it never came in. (2/20)

Re-Read Books - I re-read two books in April. I need to figure what to re-read for May. (13/20)

Book Club Books - Our book club book was Dread Nation. I'm doing great with my book club books this year. (4/10)

I hope you had a successful reading month.
Happy reading!

Thursday, April 28, 2022



Author:  Marissa Meyer

Series:  Gilded #1

Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends

Date Published:  November 2, 2021

Genre:  Young Adult, Retelling, Fantasy

Rating:  ⭐

My Thoughts:

-    Once upon a time there was a miller's daughter, and she was cursed/marked by a god. The villagers stay away from her because wherever Serilda goes, misfortune isn't too far behind. BUT a small group of children feel differently, they love Serilda's gift of storytelling. One day Serilda's stories get her into trouble. During one of his fabled hunts, Serilda crosses paths with the Erlking. Serilda spins a tale about her abilities to spin straw into gold. And yes, you guessed it, she is now ensnared by the Erlking and must spin straw into gold. During her time in the cursed castle, Serilda uncovers secrets and meets a devilishly handsome poltergeist. 

-    I am on a Marissa Meyer reading kick right now. I love her books, especially her retellings. I cannot get enough of them. I loved how Meyer mixed Rumpelstiltskin and mythology. The stories were recognizable, but she also created something so unique and amazing. 

-    I loved Serilda's moxie and snark. She made me laugh on more than one occasion. She was also a little dense at times, but that is what makes for a good story. I also loved all the side characters. They were delightful, even the evil ones. 

-    The story gets a bit intense, and I couldn't believe what Meyer did to her characters! What!? Craziness! 

-    I'm sad I have to wait for November to find out the rest of the story! Gilded ends in a maddening cliffhanger. Gah!

-    I kept going back and forth between 4 and 5 stars on this, so I think my true rating is 4.5 stars. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Books with Apples On the Cover

I wasn't sure what I wanted to highlight this week, but for some reason apples kept popping up in my mind, so that is what I went with. 

This was a fun prompt. I look forward to seeing all your lists.
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