Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry

Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry

  You really can’t help but love Maeve Merritt.  She’s got dreams and she’s a bit troublesome and holds grudges but also, she’s a good friend and a nice person.  Ragtag collections of misfits and lovable characters are some of the best protagonists, because you can’t help but cheer them on. And it’s our characters – Maeve, Alice, and Tommy – that make Wishes and Wellingtons absolutely charming.  We’ve got Maeve – our lovable tomboy with snark and big dreams.  Tommy, the proud orphans with a kind heart.  Alice, who is sweet and humble and clever.  They’re not the most original character […]

Posted January 20, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

  I had absolutely no expectations for this book.  I knew it was a classic, and I believe classics are worth reading. I also knew (and am well familiar with) the Disney movie adaptations of the book.  Beyond that, I had no idea what I would find here. And you know what? The Jungle Book is actually quite charming! This book is a collection of short stories and poetry. Most of the stories revolve around the adventures of Mowgli, the “manling”, but not all of them.  There’s a tale of a seal, and a couple about dogs, and even conversation between […]

Posted January 19, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower

First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower

  One of the things that struck me immediately about how First Women is written is that it is incredibly biased.  It becomes quickly evident which First Ladies Kate Andersen Brower liked, which ones she didn’t like, and which traits in them she respected.  She gives the greatest credit to the First Women who focused on their children, family, and supporting their husbands first and foremost. In a book that really should be a celebration of feminine dignity and power, it feels petty and small.  It cast a shadow over the entire book for me.  Brower mentioned multiple times how Jackie […]

Posted January 18, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Our Thanksgiving Day at Coco Cay (Bahamas Cruise 4/4)

Our Thanksgiving Day at Coco Cay (Bahamas Cruise 4/4)

Royal Caribbean advertises their private island in the Bahamas with the very catchy phrase “Perfect Day at Coco Cay”.  It’s almost perfect… except “cay” is pronounced “key” and not “kay”.  So close!  Regardless, Coco Cay is Royal Caribbean’s answer to things like Disney’s Castaway Cay, and if you’re a beach person, a cruise line’s private island is a really cool opportunity to lay back on the beach and just enjoy the day. My husband and I are not beach people, but HEY!  It was Thanksgiving, and a private island was a way better offer than a dramatic family dinner.  Even if […]

Posted January 17, 2020 in Real World // 4 Comments //
Full Tilt by Neal Schusterman

Full Tilt by Neal Schusterman

  I know a lot of people really like Neal Schusterman. He’s one of those authors I’ve had on my TBR for years, but for one reason or another, I just haven’t read yet. Trust me, it’s not for lack of desire – I actually have a hardcopy of Scythe on my shelf I got on a good special a couple years ago that simply hasn’t popped out of the TBR Jar yet. I got my copy of Full Tilt for $3 on Audible a couple years ago, and it’s been sitting on my audiobook TBR ever since. In fact, I have no […]

Posted January 16, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

  I knew early in this book that The Fountains of Silence would be a five star read for me. Ruta Sepetys has such a beautiful writing style that brings the past to life in such a way that it feels modern day, and I absolutely adore it.  The way she wrote… this book made me feel so many different things.  It made me smile, and it clawed at my heart.  It made me angry, as so many of the injustice of history do.  I wanted the love story, and I wanted the sleuthing.  I wanted all of it.  And I […]

Posted January 15, 2020 in Uncategorized // 2 Comments //