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I was on vacation. And now I’m going on another vacation. As a children’s librarian I don’t really get a summer vacation. Summer is our busy time. So I’ll see you at the end of May and I will tell you about all the books I read when I get back.

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Tell Me More


I know who Kelly Corrigan is. I’ve avoided her other books because I knew they were sad. I though this one was going to be different, more self-help ish. It’s not. If you don’t like sad books, do not read this. Tell Me More is about 12 phrases we should learn to say more such as, tell me more, yes, no, I don’t know and I was wrong. When talking about these phrases she weaves in stories about her own life when she had to use them. For example, when she yelled at her daughter for not flushing the toilet after her dog ate her poop. Yes, really. Turns out it was her other daughter’s fault and she had to say I was wrong. That story was funny. Most of the other stories, not so much. This woman has been surrounded by cancer. Who hasn’t seen cancer these days, you ask. I agree. But Kelly, she had cancer herself, her best friend died from a horrific cancer that she had for years, and her father died from cancer while she had her own cancer. I can’t. It’s too much. It’s the same reason I don’t watch the news. I find sadness to be debilitating. I will cry in my bed for hours over these people that I’ve never met. And then my husband will look at me like I’m insane, and I probably am. Although I enjoyed this book a lot, I will now forever steer clear of Kelly Corrigan no matter what I think the book is about.

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection (they call them stories in the subtitle but I’m ok with categorizing them as essays)

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Very Merry


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Seven Days of Us

We’ve put out the lights and put up the tree. The holidays are here y’all! Coincidentally, someone in my Facebook book group asked about great books to read over winter and this would be a great one! I just finished it and it was full of holiday fun. (Side note, if you’re look for a series to binge definitely check out the Winter Street series by Elin Hildebrand. Link to my review of the most recent book and links to other past 3 in the series are in that post as well.)


Seven Days of Us is about a family who is brought together for the Christmas season and quarantined. You cannot leave! For seven days! It sounds simple enough but being in close quarters makes people crazy. Each chapter is a different family member, which I enjoy. Multiple POVs always keep me moving right along when reading. At first it seems like a fluffy little book but there are some shocking moments in there too that I wasn’t expecting. I liked the characters a lot and definitely liked the way it ended and came together. Also, who doesn’t look a good British book?? I read it via Netgalley but it was released last month.

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Happy Thanksgiving


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November 23, 2017 · 9:39 am

Murder on the Orient Express Movie

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.


I picked up The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. because it was a sponsor of a Book Riot podcast and it sounded interesting. When they were talking about it they kept saying D.O.D.O. as if it was an acronym but in reality the audio book says dodo, like the bird. So you say it as the word not the letters. Not that it matters..

If you don’t already know, I love the Discovery of Witches, All Souls Trilogy and this had some of those buzz words. Witches. Magic. Time travel. I was down. Am still down. I picked this book with my first month’s Audible credit and it’s going very well! It’s a 24 hours 29 mins audiobook. If you’re not an audiobook lover you may not know, most adult fiction books are on average only 10-12 hours. So this one was a doozy.

I’m going to go on a tangent here but it’s going to make sense. You know those action movies that have multiple bad guys? This is like that. There are multiple story lines. The story it begins with goes off into another story, which continues into another story. At the end it’s basically an unrecognizable story about a character you weren’t even introduced to until page 300 something. I’m making it sound bad, but it’s not. I found it interesting the whole way through. I skim, so it’s good that I listened to most of it because there are some parts where I was like, what on Earth is going on. Lots of scientific terms and what not. It is open for a sequel, although with a book that long you shouldn’t need one (753 pages).

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book about a topic or subject you already love (history, witches, magic – take your pick!)

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