Reading Tracker

I absolutely love reading but it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the books I’ve read. I found this reading tracker on Etsy and I love it. It’s a cute and easy way to keep track of all the great books I’ve read throughout the year. Check out @simplecolourbeauty for this reading tracker. I know you will enjoy it as much as I have.

The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister- Book Review

Thank you to Net Galley and Putnam Book for giving me the ARC of this book to read and review. Let me start by saying I could not put this book down. At the beginning I was little lost with the two sisters and who was who, but once I figured it out I couldn’t stop reading. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and loved this story. I can’t imagine being in Martha’s shoes and losing a baby, while also having my sister on trial for the murder of my baby. I don’t want to give too much away, but I ended up picking my chin off the floor because of what unfolded in this story. I give this book ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ only because I was little lost during the first few chapters.

Martha and Becky Blackwater are more than sisters–they’re each other’s lifelines. When Martha finds herself struggling to balance early motherhood and her growing business, Becky steps in to babysit her niece, Layla, without a second thought, bringing the two women closer than ever. But then the unthinkable happens, and Becky is charged with murder.  Nine months later, Becky is on trial and maintains her innocence–and so does Martha. Unable to shake the feeling that her sister couldn’t possibly be guilty, Martha sets out to uncover exactly what happened that night, and how things could have gone so wrong. As the trial progresses, fault lines between the sisters begin to show–revealing cracks deep in their relationship and threatening the family each has worked so hard to build. With incredible empathy and resounding emotional heft, The Good Sister is a powerhouse of a novel that will lead readers to question everything they know about motherhood, family, and the price of forgiveness.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter-Book Review

Let me start by say that I love Karin Slaughter books. I love her writing and all the details she puts into her stories. She leaves nothing out (and sometimes that can be graphic) so this book is not for the faint of heart. But if you love thrillers, suspense and lots of twists and turns, then this book is perfect for you. I couldn’t put this book down and ended up reading it in two nights. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to find out what happened in the end and I was not disappointed. I loved both of the sisters in this book. They were completely different and I loved that. They both have secrets but at the end they are both wanting an answer regarding the disappearance of their oldest sister. This story has so many emotional moments that you feel as if it’s a part of you. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, and can definitely say it is now one of my all time favorite books.

Synopsis:

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Harry Potter Podcast

Hey there fellow Harry Potter nerds! This summer I’m joining a podcast on The Rebrew Network as a guest to discuss all 8 Harry Potter movies. I’m excited to be on the show as the resident book expert to compare the movies to the books. The first episode was released on Friday, so take a listen and let me know what you think! Search for “Groans of Castamere” on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere you find your podcasts.

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths- Book Review

The Ruth Galloway stories have become one of my favorite series. I have read all 11 (yes, there are 11) books in this series. I just read this newest one which is The Stone Circle, and I’m excited to be giving my review. It’s always so easy for me to jump back into this series with every new book that comes. I love Ruth Galloway’s character and the importance she places on her career. She is an archeologist who teaches class and helps with buried bodies from crime scenes. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but wasn’t my favorite in the series. It left me wanting more, but I did enjoy that it solved a cold case that took place decades before, which was a nice twist. I would give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️, but I will continue reading the series because I do not think one book makes an entire series. I want to continue to see where Ruth Galloway goes with her career as well with her relationship with Nelson.

Synopsis:

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters. They are anonymous, yet reminiscent of ones he has received in the past, from the person who drew him into a case that’s haunted him for years. At the same time, Ruth receives a letter purporting to be from that very same person—her former mentor, and the reason she first started working with Nelson. But the author of those letters is dead. Or is he?…. The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.