One of the greatest benefits of reading is that you get to see the world through someone else's eyes. I've made it a goal this year to read and review a wider variety of stories. I have reviewed books written in a few countries other than the U.S. in the past but, I would really like to pick the pace up on that a bit this year. So, I figured the best way would be to use a random place generator and wherever it dropped me is where I would pick a book from.
Outlander – Frank Randall is SUS Ya’ll!
If you haven't read the Outlander series or haven't seen the show do not read further. I'm warning you! There will be spoilers! Don't ruin it for yourself. Just back away now.
Current Reads – Outlander
The Outlander series is one of a kind. They are so well written. I haven't been this obsessed since I found Philippa Gregory. If you haven't had the pleasure of losing yourself to the Jacobite cause and the plight of those braw Scots, you have absolutely no idea what you've been missing. Pick one up and step through the stones for the best read of your life.
#BookReview The Awakening by Nora Roberts
In the realm of Talamh, a teenage warrior named Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword―representing both power and the terrifying responsibility to protect the Fey. In another realm known as Philadelphia, a young woman has just discovered she possesses a treasure of her own…
Repeat Offender – Books I’ve Re-Read
Today, I'm going to share a wee little secret with you. I re-read books. I do it a lot. A whole lot y'all. Way more often than I'm proud to admit. I've re-read some of my books so many times I've had to replace them due to spine wear. I've read some of my books … Continue reading Repeat Offender – Books I’ve Re-Read
#BookReview “Things Can Grow Between Your Toes!” Laurie L. Bolanos
This delightful story follows a little girl as she discovers the curious possibilities and inevitable drawbacks of not washing between her toes. My kids absolutely loved this adorable story. It's got just the right amount of silly and relatable content that captures kids completely. The illustrations are adorable and the story is simple but carries … Continue reading #BookReview “Things Can Grow Between Your Toes!” Laurie L. Bolanos
#BookReview “SIDESHOW” Brian Kindall
Now for the review. "SideShow" takes place before "Delivering Virtue" and "Fortuna and the Scapegrace". As I have read the latter two it was really fun to get a picture of who Didier was before those two great adventures take place. "SideShow" is both a great introductory and companion to flesh out the world of Didier Rain. If you start with "SideShow" you'll be hooked. For so little pages, it does a great job of showing the complexities of the world through the eyes of my favorite swashbuckling dandy.
“Hillbilly Elegy” J. D. Vance #BookReview
Vance identifies as a Conservative. I identify as a Democratic Socialist. Politically, it would look like we are opposites..... yet, there is a lot of common ground on our theories of how the issues of poverty can be solved. The reason, in my mind, for that common ground is our shared experiences. Those of us who have lived it understand it in a way that those who haven't never will. This is why we need elected officials from every corner of every class of people we can find. The lenses they are currently looking through are much too narrow.
The Sunset Lands Beyond Series #BookSpotlight
Hello my fellow bookworms. In this spotlight we are featuring an amazing series! "The Sunset Lands Beyond" series is one we reviewed and absolutely fell in love with! If Fantasy is your genre and you've previously devoured the worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien this series will hook you in just the same way. Aerisia is a land of prophecy and magic. The Sunset Lands Beyond series is a tale of an unlikely heroine finding her way and becoming more than she ever could of imagined being. Are you ready to begin your adventure in Aerisia?
“An Authentic Experience” Kelly Wittmann #BookReview
"An Authentic Experience" is one of those books that I call a builder. At the beginning I didn't like Silver. Not even a little. She seems hollow, selfish and shallow. BUT....(and here is why I call this book a builder) by about the middle of the book I realized that her initial shallowness was part of her evolution as a character. This is one of those books about growing up. It's about gaining wisdom through experience. "An Authentic Experience" is really about how lifes challenges (whether they be our own challenges or those closest to us) morph us into someone different. Someone deeper. Someone wiser. Someone who is actually authentic.