Hello there fellow readers! Fall is here! It’s time for short sleeves with jeans & scarves, candy corn, pumpkin EVERYTHING and beautiful foliage. This is my favorite season for reading. It’s a time when I get to sit on my porch, wrapped in my favorite reading blanket and delve into read after read. In the spirit of fall, I’m sharing a gorgeous library card scarf that I stumbled upon while browsing Etsy! The shop also has many other equally beautiful and unique items. I love Etsy!
I’m going to be reviewing two books that I was able to read this past week and also hitting on some awesome bookish goodies that piqued my interest.
First off! This cool little book map of the most popular library books across the U.S. this summer! I highly recommend “The Girl on the Train” & “Go Set a Watchman.” It’s also neat to notice an influx of readers checking out the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” undoubtedly to refresh their memory prior to reading Lee’s anticipated Watchman. “Fairyland,” slipped under the radar for me, so I’m going to have to add this to my every growing TBR (To-Be-Read) pile.
First up on my book reviews for this week is a the first in a new madcap mystery series from Seattle author Lucy Carol! I read this entire book in a day. It was witty and lough-out-loud funny, featuring the feisty heroine of the series, Ms. Madison Cruz. Without revealing too much, Madison is a witty chick we can all relate to. The story features Madison’s wickedly funny and equally outrageous shenanigans throughout the book & trust me, it will keep you turning the pages. This book is available from Amazon and directly through Lucy’s website for the E-book crowd (iBooks, Nook, Inktera & Kobo). Here’s the link to get you directly to Lucy’s site: http://www.lucycarol.com
If you all aren’t shopping at Indie book stores, you’re missing out! I’m sure anyone that follows me on Instagram or Facebook knows, Coffee Tree Books of Morehead, KY is my go-to bookstore. I also try to hit up The Morris Book Shop whenever I’m in the Lexington, KY vicinity. Independent book stores that feature Indie Bound books, will have an awesome monthly newsletter called the “Indie Next List,” that features inspired recommendations with short blurbs about the books. I’ve had nothing but good luck by following these for the past 4-5 months. I’m convinced that I’ve read genres and stories that I would otherwise have missed out on. Additionally, they have a separate newsletter for suggested book club reads. The other plus to shopping local and independent: the employees are actually readers. They recommend books that they’ve read, they want you to not only buy their books, but truly enjoy them. I can’t praise independent book stores enough.
I recently finished up “Alice,” by Christina Henry. This was a gory and violent retelling of the traditional Alice in Wonderland tale. I loved it. Christina Henry trades in the fluffy white rabbit and hooka-smoking caterpillar for a Gangs of New York meets magicians spin on a classic tale. As the story moved on, I found myself anxiously awaiting to meet the next familiar character from the original story, just to see what, if any, similarities I could find from the original. I picked this little gem up from Coffee Tree Books.
I’m currently reading Jacopo Della Quercia’s “The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy” & Stephen King’s sequel to “Mr. Mercedes,” entitled “Finders Keepers.” I’ll have updates on those next week. Leave comments, let me know what you want to see! Recommend books for me to read and share my reviews! Let’s interact!