Thursday, April 30, 2020

APRIL 2020: Wrap-Up


I had such high hopes for April, and it really did start off strong. Good head space, strong will to read, and then the the quarantine demons reared their ugly heads in MY head again and I was back to only feeling relieved after watching copious amounts of Youtube and scrolling Instagram *sigh.

I did read some GREAT ones despite that though. Two of them are books that will stick with me for a long time, and will probably recommend until the end of my days: The Southern Bookclub's Guide to Slaying Vampires (Grady Hendrix's BEST so far, in my opinion, and The Went Left by Monica Hesse.

With those included, my total for this month was (6):

Monday, April 27, 2020

REVIEW: The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

Title: The Half Sister
Author: Sandie Jones
Genre: Adult Fiction - Drama/Thriller
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Release Date: June 16th, 2020
Acquired: Egalley approved via Netgalley
Goodreads: ADD

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Hello Sunshine Book Club pick The Other Woman, comes a compelling new domestic suspense novel about a family who is forever changed when a stranger arrives at their door.

THE TRUTH: Sisters Kate and Lauren meet for Sunday lunch every week without fail, especially after the loss of their father.

THE LIE: But a knock at the door is about to change everything. A young woman by the name of Jess holds a note with the results of a DNA test, claiming to be their half sister.

THE UNTHINKABLE: As the fallout starts, it's clear that they are all hiding secrets, and perhaps this family isn't as perfect as it appears.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

BLOG TOUR: They Went Left by Monica Hesse

Title: They Went Left
Author: Monica Hesse
Genre: Young Adult - Historical Fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 7, 2020
Acquired: Sent by publisher via Netgalley
Goodreads: ADD

Germany, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body has barely begun to heal; her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else--her parents, her grandmother, radiant Aunt Maja--they went left.

Zofia's last words to her brother were a promise: Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill our alphabet. Now her journey to fulfill that vow takes her through Poland and Germany, and into a displaced persons camp where everyone she meets is trying to piece together a future from a painful past: Miriam, desperately searching for the twin she was separated from after they survived medical experimentation. Breine, a former heiress, who now longs only for a simple wedding with her new fiancé. And Josef, who guards his past behind a wall of secrets, and is beautiful and strange and magnetic all at once.

But the deeper Zofia digs, the more impossible her search seems. How can she find one boy in a sea of the missing? In the rubble of a broken continent, Zofia must delve into a mystery whose answers could break her--or help her rebuild her world.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

April 2020: To Be Read


I tried with all of my might (a whole 8 days obviously) to avoid creating a TBR for this month. I told myself that I would strictly mood read, or even stick to the one blog tour book I have to read this month as my only "for-sure" read. But alas, the call to go through familiar motions was a comfort too loud to ignore. 

As always, keep an eye on my Instagram at the end of the month for the 'April Giveaway' announcement! (You will have your choice of any book, or books, worth up to $25 on Book Depository).

Here are the 8 books (+ blog tour read) I have planned for April: 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

March 2020: Wrap-Up


The fact that I even read anything at all this month is wonder, truly. My mind has been so anxiety-riddled with everything that's going on in the world that I can't seem to focus on anything for longer than 2.5 min. I'm sure it's been the same for a lot of you out there, but I truly hope you were able to find solace and comfort in some great books!

I miraculously, and through sheer force to be honest, read (6) books this month: