You may or may not have noticed that I've been taking more frequent blogging breaks and posting sporadically when I do blog. That's happened for a few reasons, but mostly because I'd rather read than review any day. But if I want the good people that publish books to continue sending me books I want to read, I have to review them. However, I don't have to review them all here.
Starting this week, I'll be posting reviews of books that I've given four or five luxurious chairs to here. All other books will be reviewed very briefly over on my Goodreads account as time allows. Also, instead of posting Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I'll be posting on Saturdays and Sundays, since those tend to be the days that people read my posts the most.
Occasionally, I'll post during the week, but only if I'm participating in a blog tour or if a publisher requests that I post on a specific date. Otherwise, check me out on the weekends.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Often when someone dies, our memories of them become exaggerated. We remember all of their good traits and focus on them as if they were some kind of superhuman while they walked the earth. Instead of reflecting on their bad qualities and remembering them as they were, it's almost as if we put on blinders and elevate them an angel-like level. In Bridgett M. Davis' Into the Go-Slow, we find 21 year old Angie tracing the footsteps of her deceased sister, Ella, and trying to fit in the missing pieces of the puzzle that she was.
Monday, September 15, 2014
It’s not shocking that being a boy is more advantageous than being a girl in most parts of the world. Every morning in Afghanistan there are girls that wake up, dress and leave the house acting as boys, or bacha posh, as they’re called. The reasons for this vary, but the bottom line is that it is safer and more privileges are afforded when you’re seen as a boy. In some homes, girls become bacha posh because it allows them to work and bring in income to a household that greatly needs it. In others, mothers need a child that can run to the store for them. As bacha posh, it is safer and allowable for a boy to walk the streets when women and girls cannot. The stories of two generations of women posing as bacha posh are at the heart of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Katrina Montgomery is a hell cat. As the youngest in her family, she’s used to getting what she wants, even if it means inconveniencing others. That attitude served her well as a model and even now, as a fashion designer. Up until a certain point, it has also served her well in the romance department. But the hell cat runs across a scorned man determined to bring her, and the business she’s created with her family and friends, down. Enter her knight in shining armor, or at least a well-tailored suit, Carter Parks.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
I’m usually a fan of chick lit, but I’d have to say I’m not so much a fan of Bergdorf Blondes. I tend to lean toward chick lit with protagonists that find themselves in ridiculous situations, usually by their own fault, but there is some redeeming quality about them that makes them likable. The Becky Bloomwoods of the world may spend money like it’s water, but, at heart, they’re good people. I’m not so sure the same can be said of the characters in Bergdorf Blondes.