“‘Have some more of the tuna casserole. I certainly enjoy watching a young child…

“‘Have some more of the tuna casserole. I certainly enjoy watching a young child eat.’” 💚 • Wow this book was hard to put down. It was put on my radar after so many friends started raving about the Netflix series of the same name. I knew I’d want to read it first and I’m … Read more

“There was a big bowl of dirty rice on the coffee table and white porcelain plat…

“There was a big bowl of dirty rice on the coffee table and white porcelain plates too.” 💙 • Great, classic mystery noir. Super atmospheric and you get all of the LA vibes in the 1940s. Mystery man offering money, missing woman, out of a job protagonist… this had it all! Black man searching for … Read more

“He touched the chicken again and licked his finger before he yanked the other l…

“He touched the chicken again and licked his finger before he yanked the other leg off, eating it until he had only the cracked, sucked pieces of bones left in his hand.” 💙 • Such beautiful writing that takes us into the story of the Nigerian-Biafran War in the 1960s. I honestly knew almost nothing … Read more

“She’d settled in on the couch, a bowl of peanut butter M&Ms (her mom’s old line…

“She’d settled in on the couch, a bowl of peanut butter M&Ms (her mom’s old line-learning reward system) on the coffee table, her script on her lap.” ❤️ • Had high hopes for this one. Such a unique read (queer Gothic horror?!) and I loved the dark humor in it but I did NOT know … Read more

“‘Little auntie,could you bring out more of your bean sprout soup? It’s so good …

“‘Little auntie,could you bring out more of your bean sprout soup? It’s so good that I don’t think one pot will be enough.’” 💜 • Thank you alcovepress for this ARC. This book is available now! If you are a lover of historical fiction, you will want to check this book out and if you … Read more

[ ] Thank you to and for this copy of by which came out 11/24/2020! • I t…

[ ] Thank you to bibliolifestyle and kensingtonbooks for this copy of by which came out 11/24/2020! 💙 • I took a break from WW2 books for a bit but when I saw the synopsis for this one, I knew I wanted to pick it up! It’s the story of Irene Sendler who was a … Read more

“Open another barrel of vodka!” [ ] Thank you for the ARC copy of Tsarina b…

“Open another barrel of vodka!” ❤️ [ ] Thank you stmartinspress for the ARC copy of Tsarina by ellenalpsten_author Wow, this was an epic historical fiction read! Russian history feels really complicated to me and I’ve never really tackled any historical fiction set in Russia but this story of Catherine I was a great escape … Read more

“Rohila’s hazel eyes gave me a look even as she turned to heat up a bowl of pota…

“Rohila’s hazel eyes gave me a look even as she turned to heat up a bowl of potato stew for our father.” 🧡 • I enjoyed this book about 2 women in Afghanistan, living lives about about 70 years apart. You can definitely see the similarities in their lives, particularly when Rahima is allowed to … Read more

“‘I’ll have eggs and bacon,’ he answers after a beat. ‘Black coffee, too, please…

“‘I’ll have eggs and bacon,’ he answers after a beat. ‘Black coffee, too, please.’” ❤️ • This is a story of 3 women in the 1930s whose paths converge in Key West, FL one Labor Day weekend. It’s also exactly when a huge hurricane threatens the area. I love that a Cleeton book makes you … Read more

“Her tree always yielded the sweetest mangoes in Hilo town.” • Thank you so mu…

“Her tree always yielded the sweetest mangoes in Hilo town.” 💜 • Thank you so much harperviabooks for gifting me a copy of this book! What a beautiful, lyrical novel set in Hilo, Hawaii among mango trees, volcanoes and sugar plantations. I was transported to the lush setting with a beautiful cast of characters. It’s … Read more