Anna of Kleve:  The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Man, I really wanted to like this book. First of all, I should start off, I really like Philippa Gregory’s books.  I’ve read The Constant Princess three times.  I have both a hardcopy and audiobook edition of The Taming of the Queen, which is her take on Anne of Cleves.  I am constantly fascinated by the intrigue of the Tudor Court.  I love the way it’s a romance, a suspense, and a solidly good drama.  But it all depends on the author. And I’m the worst.  I get it.  I’m comparing authors and it’s unfair but I need to.  Because I adored Anne’s story… but […]

Posted July 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Reading Rush – Booktube-A-Thon Has Been Reborn!

The Reading Rush – Booktube-A-Thon Has Been Reborn!

Hey y’all.  Have you heard of Booktube-A-Thon? Even though I’m not a Booktuber, don’t really follow much of Booktube… I know what this readathon is.  It’s an epic week-long readathon and it’s been around since 2013.  It’s the oldest online readathon I know of.  I’ve never participated.  As a blogger (not vlogger) I never really thought I could? Which is dumb, I know. Don’t get me wrong – I’m sure some people have joined it even without a Booktube… but this is really exciting for me.  With a brand new flashy website where you can sign up and earn badges, Booktube-A-Thon […]

Posted July 20, 2019 in Readthons & Reading Challenges // 2 Comments //
Time to be Accountable… My Off-the-Grid Readathon IV Review

Time to be Accountable… My Off-the-Grid Readathon IV Review

Good morning my beautiful monsters and happy Friday! Last weekend, I participated in the Off-The-Grid Readathon.  I love this ruleless readathon, because it helps me bust through my TBR.  It’s a bit difficult to tell who is participating, because “off the grid” means put away your phone!  I’ve got to be honest – I didn’t do as well with the “put away your phone” aspect this time, but I did unplug from the television, so for me that was pretty good. I had modest goals for this quarter’s readathon.  As you may remember from my TBR post, I worked all […]

Posted July 19, 2019 in Readthons & Reading Challenges // 2 Comments //
Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay

Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay

By now, I think you all know that when there’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling, it’s going immediately on my TBR.  I don’t discriminate – you say “Alice” and I say “Yes, please!” Ever Alice is another Wonderland retelling, with POVs from both Alice and Rosamund, the Queen of Hearts.  It tells the story of Alice as she returns to Wonderland to help depose of the mad queen, but most of the story is from Rosamund’s POV as paranoia completely consumes her.  One of the first things mentioned in the summary for this book is that Alice is in an asylum and […]

Posted July 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Aquarium by David Vann

Aquarium by David Vann

This book is at once extremely well-written, and extremely disturbing.  The characters are rounded and troubled and struggling with all the depths of their souls.  I deeply disliked listening to this book, but I just had to keep listening because I needed to see if something better came for Caitlin. I’m not going to tell you if something better came or not.  You’ll just have to read this book.  Content warnings:  sexual descriptions, child abuse (physical and emotional), underage sexual relationships, trauma, elder abuse (physical and mental), homophobia.  Even without having triggers from any of these things, this book was unbelievably […]

Posted July 17, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

I think it’s important to know about the people who are trying to change the world for the better. I’l confess that I became aware of RBG around the time of the 2008 campaigns and I am (always have been) woefully disconnected from politics.  I was raised fiercely Republican and Ruth Bader Ginsberg was not exactly a household name for my parents.  Saying the name “Bill Clinton” was akin to dropping an f-bomb in my house, so you can imagine my family wasn’t crazy about his Supreme Court nominees, either. If you’re read my blog, you can probably surmise that […]

Posted July 16, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //