Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 3

Should they stay or should they go? This week's contenders: Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati, Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman, Good Grief by Lolly Winston, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, and The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole was created by Lisa at Lost In A Story. She's since cleaned up her TBR list (go Lisa!), but has inspired others to work on their TBR lists. I saw this meme over at Lampshade Reader and decided to take the plunge!


How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

My Goodreads TBR list is mostly books I own but haven't read yet, so I'm going to use my wishlist instead. Starting off with 113 titles on my wishlist and maybe if I get that cleaned up, I'll move on to my Amazon list next! (post may contain affiliate links)

The Books:


Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
Date Added: June 18, 2009

Weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction, Sara Donati's epic novel sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden affair between an unconventional Englishwoman and an American frontiersman.

It is December of 1792. Elizabeth Middleton leaves her comfortable English estate to join her family in a remote New York mountain village. It is a place unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man unlike any she has ever encountered - a white man dressed like a Native American, Nathanial Booner, known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives. Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village, she soons finds herself locked in conflict with the local slave owners as well as her own family. 


Interweaving the fate of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two lovers, Sara Donati's compelling novel creates a complex, profound, passionate portrait of an emerging America. (Goodreads)


This was a title I added from the Ultimate Reading list. Guess I had good intentions, but the excerpt I read didn't convince me to keep this one.


VERDICT: Let It Go

Saturday, December 8, 2018

My Book Haul 12-8-2018


In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Amazon if you want more information. (post may contain affiliate links)

For Review:


Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

From the hugely talented author of The Kind Worth Killing comes an exquisitely chilling tale of a young suburban wife with a history of psychological instability whose fears about her new neighbor could lead them both to murder.... (Amazon)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Amazon First Reads for December 2018

Amazon First Reads for December 2018, an amazing deal that not many people seem to know about.

Amazon First Reads program is an amazing deal that not many people seem to know about.

As per the website:  The Amazon First Reads program gives Amazon First Reads members the opportunity to download a Kindle book from our editors' picks each month before the official publication date, for $1.99 - Prime members receive it for free. Customers can also shop editors’ picks in hardcover at exclusive prices. New titles are announced on the 1st of each month. (source)

I'm always surprised when I find out that people aren't aware of this program, but it's well worth signing up! Granted, some month's picks are better than others and I sometimes skip a month, but it's a fun way to discover new titles! And did I mention that it's FREE?

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HERE ARE DECEMBER'S FIRST READ TITLES:



True Places by Sonja Yoerg. A beautiful reminder that though we may busy ourselves seeking what we want, what we need has an uncanny way of finding us.
True Places by Sonja Yoerg

A girl emerges from the woods, starved, ill, and alone…and collapses.

Suzanne Blakemore hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl. As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her - a change she both fears and desperately needs.

Suzanne has the perfect house, a successful husband, and a thriving family. But beneath the veneer of an ideal life, her daughter is rebelling, her son is withdrawing, her husband is oblivious to it all, and Suzanne is increasingly unsure of her place in the world. After her discovery of the ethereal sixteen-year-old who has never experienced civilization, Suzanne is compelled to invite Iris into her family’s life and all its apparent privileges.

But Iris has an independence, a love of solitude, and a discomfort with materialism that contrasts with everything the Blakemores stand for - qualities that awaken in Suzanne first a fascination, then a longing. Now Suzanne can’t help but wonder: Is she destined to save Iris, or is Iris the one who will save her? (Amazon)


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Thursday, November 29, 2018

8 Quirky Christmas Reads for Adults

8 Quirky Christmas Reads, something a little different for this holiday season
Looking for something a little different to read over the holidays, but still want a touch of Christmas? Here are 8 Christmas stories with a twist! Non-traditional reads featuring imps, angels, witches, and more, there's something for anyone tired of wonderfully sappy Christmas stories making them cry!

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Down the Chimney


Down the Chimney by Debra Dunbar, a funny Christmas story about an imp who winds up being more Santa than Satan!
Down the Chimney by Debra Dunbar is a novella from one of my favorite series! A hilarious read about an imp surviving Christmas!

Roped into being the Ruling Council's Christmas Ambassador, Sam finds herself more Santa than Satan at a slew of human social events, all while trying to score an impossible-to-get gift for Lux and plan the most amazing Christmas celebration any imp has ever thrown. (Amazon)

Festive in Death


Festive in Death by JD Robb isn't your usual Christmas story, It's not really a Christmas story at all, but does take place at Christmas time. My favorite homicide Lieutenant and her sexy, bazillionaire husband are back for another adventure!
Festive in Death by JD Robb is not your typical Christmas tale but hey, it takes place at Christmas time so it totally counts!
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