Book List: Jane Austen Retellings

Retellings are so fun, and fairy-tales aren’t the only thing that can be retold. There seems to be a surge lately in books that retell classic stories. Since Pride and Predjudice is a fan (but not my) favorite, I thought I’d do a list of Jane Austen retellings. The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia…… Continue reading Book List: Jane Austen Retellings

Book List: Peter Pan Retellings

All you need is faith, trust, and pixie dust! And maybe some good book recs. Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas Genre: Fantasy Average Goodreads Rating: 3.73 It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding…… Continue reading Book List: Peter Pan Retellings

Book Review: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St Martin’s Press)

So, I accidentally joined five book clubs this year. Three are with various friends and two from Instagram and Tiktok–but five clubs are nothing I can’t handle. One that’s meeting this very weekend (which I’m admittedly nervous for since I don’t know everyone) is reading The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. This book was already…… Continue reading Book Review: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St Martin’s Press)

Book List: Alice in Wonderland Retellings

If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you know I am such a sucker for retelings. Especially fairy tale retellings. And what’s more of a classic fairy tale than dear old Alice? So let’s jump down this rabbit hole! Heartless by Marissa Meyer Genre: YA Fantasy Average Goodreads Rating: 4.09 Catherine may be…… Continue reading Book List: Alice in Wonderland Retellings

Book List: Space Adventures

Hi all! I’ve been traveling so that’s why I’ve been a bit MIA from this blog but I’m back, ready to recommend some books where they travel amonst the stars! The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer Genre: LGBT Science Fiction Average Goodreads Rating: 4.34 After the first settler on Titan trips her distress signal,…… Continue reading Book List: Space Adventures

ARC Review: Shake That Cream by Ellen Black (E.L. Marker)

Many thanks to Booktasters and the author, Ellen Black, for the e-arc of her memoir in exchange for an honest review. Shake That Cream by Ellen Black is her memoir about how she grew up and survived in a cult, heavy with abuse and shame. When offered, I immediately jumped at the chance to read…… Continue reading ARC Review: Shake That Cream by Ellen Black (E.L. Marker)

Book Review: This Poison Heart (Bloomsbury YA)

Last summer, I ordered a one time box from OwlCrate and got this gorgeous editiion of This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron, published by Bloomsbury. It only took me six months to start reading it! This Poison Heart is a wonderful YA fantasy, a Greek mythology retelling involving Medea and Hecate. The main character, Briseis,…… Continue reading Book Review: This Poison Heart (Bloomsbury YA)

My Dream Library

My ultimate life goal is to have a private library in my house. Think the Beast’s library. Think the Baudelaire’s library. Think the library that hosts Bryaxis. It’s going to be huge. There’d be so many cozy aspects to the library to make it my ultimate dream escape. Obviously, you’d get to the library via…… Continue reading My Dream Library

Book List: Mental Health Rep

The first book list of 2023! I believe that representation in literature matters, and as a mental health counselor, I’m especially interested in books with mental health themes. I love that we are experiencing a time where self-care and mental health and experiencing mental health problems is normalized, and we are all learning to take…… Continue reading Book List: Mental Health Rep

Book Review: Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel (Hachette)

A while ago I received Kaiyeki by Vaishnavi Patel in a book box, and I finally got around to reading it! Vaishnavi Patel is a Chicago-based law student who enjoys writing about the intersectionality of feminism and Indian mythology. Her novel debut, Kaikeyi, explores the villain of the Ramayana myth. In the original myth, Kaikeyi…… Continue reading Book Review: Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel (Hachette)