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These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

  This book was so good. I can come at this from so many angles.  Should we talk about modern day Salem?  The complicated romantic relationships?  The magic system and its origin story?  All three?  Okay! Modern.  Day.  Salem.  Salem, MA is one of my favorite cities in the world, right up there with London and Paris.  There’s this deep energy in that place that grounds me, whether it’s the gravity of its history or just my perception of its buzzing aura.  Either way, I love Salem, and I’m trash for any book set in Salem.  Sterling’s perception of Salem is spot on […]

Posted May 26, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

  For a story that has been beloved over the generations and made into five different movies (that I know of?)… The Story of Doctor Dolittle was… underwhelming. I’d read this one before, as a kid, but most my vague memories of the story come from the 1967 Doctor Dolittle film, so going into this against for the first time in, I don’t know, maybe twenty years?  I felt like I was going in blind.  I remembered Pollyana, of course, and I remembered the Pushmi-Pullyu, and the general concept of doctor-who-talks-to-animals… but that’s about it. And the first thing I read, going […]

Posted May 13, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
All Work & No Play Makes Me a Dull Girl…. – The April Wrap Up!

All Work & No Play Makes Me a Dull Girl…. – The April Wrap Up!

Trimming some of my wrap-up topics this month, my loves, because I am exhausted to my core.  We’ll make this bare bones – new books, books read, and challenges, and posts from April.  Rather than the real life adventures section, I’ll give you a sneak peek here…. First, the inevitable, I’ve definitely got the coronavirus blues.  As an essential worker, I’m only able to quarantine part time.  Some days, I’m really bitter about this, trying with a handful of people to do the work of several while adjusting to wearing a mask and gloves full time. April rounded out poorly […]

Posted May 4, 2020 in Checking In // 6 Comments //
Discord’s Apple by Carrie Vaughn

Discord’s Apple by Carrie Vaughn

  I kept going back and forth on Discord’s Apple. I really loved the setting and parts of the story here.  This book has a unique and interesting mixture of things – this is a dystopia, but there’s legends and mythology woven in.  Discord’s Apple is the story of an ending, and I just found it… so refreshingly original in that way.  Evie’s timeline, in particular, fascinated me.  I loved this twist on dystopia, and seeing popular characters from mythology and legend appear was just… super cool, honestly.  A novelty, but a fun one. So the setting was super cool in […]

Posted April 30, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

  You know, I’ve read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn multiple times… but I’ve never read about Tom Sawyer?  Oh, sure, I know plenty about Tom.  I know the old get-your-friends-to-paint-the-fence trick (you’ve got to give it to Tom – he was quite clever about that).  I know he’s in love with Becky Thatcher and that there’s a cave and treasure and people think he died at one point, but honestly?  Most of that I got from seeing a lot of trailers for Tom & Huck when I was a kid, and having gone to Tom Sawyer’s Island in the Magic Kingdom. […]

Posted April 8, 2020 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Staying at Home and (Not?) Reading – The March Wrap Up!

Staying at Home and (Not?) Reading – The March Wrap Up!

What a month it has been, my loves. All over the world people are affected and their lives turned upside down by coronavirus.  I know this is a huge source of anxiety for many people, so I wish to respect that and I’ll I’m going to say is whoever you are, wherever you live, I hope you are healthy and hanging in there.  Please take care of yourself as best you can. We’ll dig right into the month wrap up this month without too much chatter. The Monthly Haul This month and into next month, you’re going to see decent […]

Posted April 6, 2020 in Bookish Things, Checking In // 6 Comments //