Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer – Review

Thank you to the publisher, Gallery Books, for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. "I've always wanted to dance on the Cabinet Room table." - Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer Betty Ford was a firecracker. I had no idea she was … Continue reading Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer – Review

Upcoming Readalongs

I dropped a few hints in my wrap up on Sunday and wanted to officially share the upcoming reads here in case you might be interested in participating. It doesn't take long before I'm craving the camaraderie that comes from reading and discussing a book--especially a lengthy read like the one below! Lilac Girls by … Continue reading Upcoming Readalongs

My Tea Challenge

Staring April 1, I'm starting a 30 day tea challenge, which means I will drink the same 3 teas until I've depleted my supply of those teas. This is easier said than done because I like varieTEA which makes it a challenge for me to limit my choices. I usually drink what I'm in the … Continue reading My Tea Challenge

Belgravia – Review

Belgravia begins in Brussels, 15 June 1815, at a party hosted by the Duchess of Richmond before the famed Battle of Waterloo. With the impending battle, this prestigious ball seems to be just what the young men need to lift their spirits. With so many people of status and position in attendance, why is that … Continue reading Belgravia – Review

Roots – Review

"Haley’s monumental achievement helped convince the nation that the black story is the American story. He also made it clear that black humanity is a shining beacon that miraculously endured slavery’s brutal horrors." - Introduction to Roots from Michael Dyson Where do I start in attempting to convey how this book consumed my mental space … Continue reading Roots – Review

Roots – Final Discussion

Welcome to the final week of our Roots discussion, Ch 101 to the end. The book progresses quickly until we find the author, Alex Haley, telling the story. Check out our conversation below. Shell: Let's discuss the major events as they happened in this part of the book.  I'd like to start with George approaching … Continue reading Roots – Final Discussion

February Reads

There are plans for what I would have liked to read this month; then there's what actually happened, what I actually read. The books I had set a side for buddy reads were excellent. The other books I picked up in between, well let's just say I wasn't particularly blown away by some of them … Continue reading February Reads

Unmarriageable – Review

Thank you to the author, Soniah Kamal and publisher, Penguin Random House for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. "Jane Austen is ruthless when it comes to drawing-room hypocrisy. She's blunt, impolite, funny, and absolutely honest. She's Jane Khala, one of those honorary good aunts who tells it straight and looks out … Continue reading Unmarriageable – Review

Educated – Review

"My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs." I received a review copy from @netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As we grow up our lives … Continue reading Educated – Review

No Name – Review

"Very strange!" he said to himself, vacantly. "It's like a scene in a novel—it's like nothing in real life." Norah and Magdelan Vanstone find out shortly after the unexpected death of their parents that they are illegitimate and have lost their inheritance, they are Nobody's Children. Left to the merciless resolution of their uncle, Michael … Continue reading No Name – Review