Julie series // by Jean Craighead George

  • Julie of the Wolves (1972)
  • Julie (1994)
  • Julie’s Wolf Pack (1997)

Despite the fact that I read and loved (and reread and reloved) George’s My Side of the Mountain so many times, I never really hit it off with the Julie books.  And as with Mountain, the sequels to the original Julie story were published decades later, which seems strange.

The original story is about an Eskimo girl named Miyax who runs away from home, hoping to somehow make it to her pen pal in San Francisco.  However, when the story opens, Miyax is lost on the Alaskan tundra, where she is befriended by a pack of wolves.  Throughout the story, Miyax becomes a member of their pack.

I was confused by multiple things.  The main one was – why does the title of the book use Miyax’s English name, which she hates, but the narrative uses her Eskimo name?  Secondly, I found it almost impossible to believe that Miyax would be able to “speak” with the wolves, using their body language, in a way that would actually convince them to adopt her as one of their own.  Thirdly, the book had a sad/bittersweet ending that, on reflection, is probably why I didn’t like or revisit this book as a kid.  I’ve always been a fan of happy endings.

Still, it wasn’t a bad story.  I was engaged in Miyax’s survival and her observations of the pack, even if I did think it sort of crossed the line sometimes, as wolves aren’t actually people, and while they may be intelligent, they are still animals, not humans.

The second book deals with Miyax and her family, as she is now living with humans again.  Like Frightful’s Mountain, this book felt just a little preachy when it came to concepts of conservation, the circle of life, we all need one another, let us join hands/paws with the wolves, etc etc.  Not necessarily bad lessons, but very heavy-handed.

Finally, Julie’s Wolf Pack is from the perspective of the wolves, and covers some of the story from Julie and then beyond.  While a bit simplistic, it was overall an enjoyable and interesting story about wolves in the wilderness, and actually may have been my favorite of the three.

All in all, I enjoyed reading these, but didn’t connect with them all that much.  They were all around the 3.5* range.  Pleasant one-time reads, but not books I see myself returning to again and again.

Magnolia Wednesdays // by Wendy Wax

//published 2010//

Sometimes you end up with books on your shelf that you doubt you are going to enjoy but decide to at least give a chance to, and that’s what happened here.  I figured Magnolia Wednesdays was going to be a dreary novel about women discovering all men are total jerks and then going on to “find themselves.”  Instead, this story had a surprising dose of humor, some very relatable characters, and a story that kept me hooked.  I actually thought this was going to be a 4* read, but the ending fell off a great deal and really annoyed me.

Vivian is a hardcore investigative reporter who has worked very hard to get where she is, and who hasn’t been afraid to knock over people who have gotten in her way.  Some life events occur, and Vivi is forced to accept a job she thinks is ridiculous – she begins “investigating” life in the suburbs, mocking (under a pen name) the everyday life lived there.  Vivi has also been forced to move to the suburbs herself, back home to the south to stay with her widowed sister and the sister’s two teenage children.

I was expecting to really dislike Vivi, but while she did, in fact, do the exact opposite of what I would have done in literally every situation, I still found myself liking her.  She’s a hard worker and very intelligent, and underneath of everything she does care about her family and want to do right by them.  I actually really appreciated her journey of rediscovering a close relationship with her sister, building ties in the community, and bonding with her niece and nephew.  Her articles making fun of the lives of the people around her are definitely mean-spirited, and I felt like she wrestled with her guilt very well.  In my mind, I kept wondering why she couldn’t gradually change the tone of them – the whole idea is she is someone who is living in “foreign” territory – wouldn’t it be natural for her to begin to appreciate the ways of her new community, and to share that aspect with her readers?  But instead she keeps writing very mean, mocking articles even when that’s no longer how she truly feels about the people around her.

One of the big things Vivi finds out early on is that she’s pregnant.  Her boyfriend of several years is also an investigative reporter, but one who works in foreign correspondence and is often out of the country for months on end chasing a story in dangerous, war-torn areas.  Vivi not telling him about their baby genuinely made me angry (I’m always angry when people act like mothers are the only ones who get to make any decisions about unborn babies, as though fathers don’t count until the child is born), but I appreciated that she at least felt like a horrible person about it (AS SHE SHOULD), and that whole story was resolved extremely well.

In the end, things of course blow up in Vivi’s face when her identity as the writer of the mean articles is revealed.  That was to be expected, but what I didn’t expect, and what dropped my enjoyment of this story a literal full star, was the way Vivi’s sister blamed her for EVERYTHING that went wrong.  A bunch of stuff happens all at one time, all of it bad, and somehow Vivian gets the full weight of blame for a big reveal about her sister’s dead husband, another friend’s husband having a heart attack, and one character deciding to postpone her wedding (for good reasons!).  This felt completely unreasonable and instead of me feeling sympathetic towards Vivian’s sister, who truly should have felt betrayed about the articles, I just felt super annoyed with her because she was pouting like a small child because Vivian happened to be standing near her niece when the NIECE put together the pieces and realized the big reveal about her dad/Vivian’s sister’s dead husband.

Still, overall I found this book to be surprisingly readable.  There was a large dose of humor, and the stories of the different women throughout were told well and woven together nicely.  This isn’t a book I’ll read again, but it’s one that I enjoyed as a one-off read, even while it reminded me why I’m not a huge fan of women’s fiction.

November Minireviews

Sometimes I don’t feel like writing a full review for whatever reason, either because life is busy and I don’t have time, or because a book didn’t stir me enough.  Sometimes, it’s because a book was so good that I just don’t have anything to say beyond that I loved it!  Frequently, I’m just wayyy behind on reviews and am trying to catch up.  For whatever reason, these are books that only have a few paragraphs of thoughts from me.

Most of these books were from the very beginning of October, so the details may be getting hazy…

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross – 3*

//published 2019//

Look at this gorgeous cover!  How can anyone resist this cover??  This book had some potential, but the pacing was sooo slow.  I also felt like the actual reason/purpose behind the Beast’s curse was rather muddled and not explained particularly well, so it made it difficult to bond with the tale.  There were a lot of aspects of the story that I enjoyed, but it definitely wasn’t one that leaped onto my bookshelf forever.

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson – 4*

//published 2017//

I really do like Swanson’s writing.  The pacing here was excellent, especially in regards as to when to switch perspectives/introduce a new perspective.  Anytime a story is based on someone else being in your house when you are there, but you don’t know they are there, I’m completely creeped out.  (Yay small houses with multiple dogs; someone would be hard-pressed to hide in here haha)  Even though the police didn’t get the whole story, the reader does, and that’s what counts to me.  I also liked the little hint of a happy ending, because I’m a happy ending kind of girl.  This may have been my favorite Swanson yet.

Double Folly by Marnie Ellingson – 4*

//published 1980//

Years ago I purchased a book by Ellingson at a thrift store (The Wicked Marquis), which I absolutely loved.  Not so long ago it occurred to me that, with the power of the internet, I could probably find some of her other books, and this is one of them.  It was quite the adorable story, and I enjoyed every page.  I will say that at one point the hero was in a carriage accident, and it felt like the heroine’s feelings underwent too much of a change to quickly, but other than that the story hummed right along in a delightful fashion.  It’s one of those little stories that is just plain good fun, although it’s possible that Ellingson lifted part of her plot concept from Georgette Heyer’s False Colours

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid – 3*

//published 2013//

I got this one for free on Kindle and thought I would give it a try.  While it was an alright contemporary romance, Janie annoyed me SO. MUCH. Like, I get it.  She babbles when she’s nervous.  It was bad enough to have to hear what she said out loud; having to listen to all of her babbling thoughts was even worse.  This book would have benefited a LOT from having Quinn’s perspective as well, because his actions really did seem inconsistent a lot, so if we had known his thoughts, it would have helped the story a great deal.  As it was, this was a fine one-off read, but it definitely didn’t inspire me to finish the series.  I was also expecting there to be a lot more about the knitting club, but they only appear a couple of times and don’t really become individual characters, so I didn’t care enough to read other books and find out about their stories.

Your Perfect Year by Charlotte Lucas – 2*

//published 2016//

This was a classic case of the book not being what I expected.  The synopsis definitely makes this sound like a lighthearted, romcom type of story.  Jonathon is a super rigid, scheduled, Scrooge-ish kind of person.  On New Year’s Day he comes back from his morning run to find an appointment diary hanging on the handlebars of his bicycle.  Inside, every day has been already filled in with assignments, and all of those assignments are about embracing and enjoying life.  According to the synopsis, Jonathon begins to follow the directions, which change his life, and throughout the course of that he falls in love with the author of the diary.  That’s all technically true, but instead of it being lighthearted and fun, it’s quite serious, verging on sad.  The suicide of one of the characters plays a major part in the plot, as does the residual grief and guilt of the people left behind.  One character has terminal cancer, another discovers that the death of a loved one was due in part to a letter he wrote.  All in all this just wasn’t a book for me.  It wasn’t a bad story, but it was definitely a downer.  Consequently, the romance part didn’t feel like it fit into the rest of the story at all.  Having Jonathon fall in love with the diary’s owner was weird instead of fun because of everything going on in Hannah’s life.  I kept waiting for the tone of the story to go up instead of down, and it just never did.  I was already feeling a little depressed when I started this one, and I felt even more depressed when I was done, despite the technically “happy” ending.

In the Forests of Serre by Patricia McKillip – 3.5*

//published 2003//

I’ve found McKillip’s books to be a mixed bag of magical, bizarre, and mysterious.  This was the type of story where I didn’t quite “get” everything, yet still found it enjoyable.  As always, her language is lovely and world-building excellent.  I would have liked to have seen some more character depth, but overall this was still a book I liked reading.

Rearview Mirror // October 2019

Well, we are quite a ways into November, but I suppose an October recap is due, even if my posting in that month was virtually nonexistent!  October took some strange and difficult turns that didn’t leave me with a lot of spare time or emotion for blogging, so I have been taking it easy.  However, since reading is somewhat of an addiction, I still did plenty of that, completing 18 books for a total of 5625 pages.  I may or may not ever get caught back up on reviews, but that’s the way life is sometimes!

October had some lows (The House of a Thousand Lanterns by Victoria Holt) and some highs (The Dry by Janet Harper), and plenty in between, since my average star rating for the month was 3.52.  I only had one DNF for the month, Maxa’s Children by Johanna Spyri, and I believe it was the fault of the translation rather than the author, since I have found other of Spyri’s books to be delightful – but all of those were translated by Charles Tritten, unlike this particularly edition.

I really like to do the TBR number update for my own personal record, even if it’s over a week late, so here are the numbers –

  • Standalones:  439 (up four)
  • Nonfiction:  103 (holding steady)
  • Personal (which includes all books I own (fiction and nonfiction), but lists any series I own as only one entry…):  666 (up ELEVEN?!  How is that possible?!)
  • Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series):  235 (down one!)
  • Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 113 (down TWO!)

So that’s the skinny for October’s reading.  I’m hoping to get through a few batches of minireviews this week, now that life is somewhat entering a new regular.  I’m about a million years behind on reading everyone’s posts, but since I get them all as emails (like a creeper), I’m still working my way through them, so I am anticipating some jumps in the TBR per usual.  :-D  In the meantime, hopefully all is well out there in blogger world!

Happy November!

October Minireviews

Sometimes I don’t feel like writing a full review for whatever reason, either because life is busy and I don’t have time, or because a book didn’t stir me enough.  Sometimes, it’s because a book was so good that I just don’t have anything to say beyond that I loved it!  Frequently, I’m just wayyy behind on reviews and am trying to catch up.  For whatever reason, these are books that only have a few paragraphs of thoughts from me.

Technically, these are actually September minireviews still, since I’m THAT far behind haha

Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern – 3.5*

//published 2019//

The internet is a weird place for artists and authors and creators of all kinds.  It can be an amazing way to let others see your work, but everyone expects everything on the internet to be free.  I’ve really been making a conscious effort the last few years to find ways to financially support internet people whose creations I regularly enjoy, and my preferred method of showing that support is by preordering books they create.  Emily McGovern’s webcomic,  My Life as a Background Slytherinhas brought me a great deal of laughter over the years, so even though her book didn’t look like my normal cup of tea, I preordered it nonetheless.

As I suspected, Bloodlust & Bonnets, a graphic novel set in Regency times that involves a great deal of vampire stabbing and a little too much gender identity questioning, wasn’t really my type of book.  But it was honestly a very fun one-time read.  The artwork is stellar, the story was actually quite hilarious, and there were several good zingers throughout.  So while it doesn’t get my wholehearted recommendation, it was still a lot of fun.  And, if you’ve ever read Harry Potter, you should definitely check out McGovern’s comics, as they are A+ hilarious.

The Clue of the Broken Wing by Margaret Sutton – 3.5*

//published 1958//

I’m still reading my way through the Judy Bolton books, although I’m almost at an end, as I only have one or two left that I own. I’m missing the last five or six of the series, but they are too expensive for me to justify purchasing them, so I think I’m just going to have to hope Judy and Peter ride happily off into the sunset.  At any rate, Broken Wing was another pretty regular addition to the set, although there was a rather odd scene where she stops by someone’s house to ask them some questions, and they basically lock her in the attic?!  I was so confused.  And what is up with Judy’s face on this cover?!

The Fugitive Heiress by Amanda Scott – 3.5*

//published 1981//

This was one of those random Regency novels I’ve acquired, and it was another fun one-time read, although the two main characters were a little too volatile for me to really get behind them as a couple.  Still, it was an overall fun book with decent pacing.  However, Georgette Heyer sets a high standard for witty Regency tales and has consequently kind of ruined me for these types of stories – this one was just felt like it was taking itself a little too seriously.

Me, You and Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield – 3*

//published 2017//

This is one of those books I’ve had on my Kindle forever.  It started out alright – Jayne is a quite, introverted type who has recently reconnected with a boy from her high school days.  She and Will always had a special connection then, and in the present day their dating relationship feels completely natural and happy.  When she moves in with Will, Jayne’s twin sister, Rachel, moves into the spare bedroom (and no, that isn’t the source of drama in this book THANK GOODNESS) and the three of them have a seemingly idyllic life.  Will owns a small deli/bakery and loves cooking.  Through a series of events, he becomes a YouTube sensation, and soon has his own agent, is appearing on national television, and has the potential to have his own cooking show.  He gets practically mobbed in the streets and is absurdly popular.  Meanwhile, Jayne feels a bit left behind and hates being in the spotlight.

This was a book that needed to be at least 25% shorter.  The middle dragged on for so long I thought I might not ever finish it.  Part of the problem was that I felt like all three characters were contributing to the miscommunications and issues, but in the end, it turns out that everything was Jayne’s fault, so once SHE apologizes and starts acting “right” then everything is okay.  But I actually thought Jayne had some valid points about how both Will and Rachel were acting, so it really annoyed me that they got to be all self-righteous and act like they had never done anything wrong ever.  Meanwhile, Will really was blowing off Jayne’s legitimate concerns about privacy and their personal relationship, while Rachel was hiding a huge part of her life from her sister under the extremely annoying guise of “if you really cared about me, you would notice without me saying something.”  URGH. It was especially annoying because part of what was bothering Jayne was that Will’s agent thought he “sold” better as a single guy, so he was basically not particularly publicly acknowledging his relationship with Jayne, but everyone acted like Jayne was the one being unreasonable by saying that that made her feel unloved!  I mean seriously!

Overall, the story had a lot of potential, but it just fell flat for me.  It was one of those books that I wanted to like a lot more than I actually did.

The House of a Thousand Lanterns by Victoria Holt – 2.5*

//published 1974//

Do you ever read a book that can’t quite decide what it wants to be?  This book was too not-romantic to be a romance, too slow to be a thriller, and too narrowly-focused to be historical fiction.  I picked this one up all the way back in 2011 at Salvation Army for a quarter, and now that I’ve finally read it, I think it’s headed back to Salvo’s shelves.  I read the first half, hoping that maybe this was the kind of book that was just slow to get started but then went somewhere.  But it was actually just the slow part.  Part of my problem with this book was the big romantic story just didn’t seem that romantic to me.  The guy that she loves (sorry, I’ve forgotten everyone’s names) has to be presented as somewhat untrustworthy in order for the plot of “maybe he killed his uncle” to work, but all that really did was just make me not like this guy as he’s super irresponsible and annoying.  Consequently, I really never could get behind her pining away for him for years.

So I skimmed the second half, thinking that maybe something would happen, but I didn’t really regret my decision to not thoroughly read each page, as it was still a whole lot of super slow and a kind of ridiculous ending.  This one is heading to the giveaway pile for now, and maybe my next 25¢ read will be a better one!!

My Side of the Mountain Series // by Jean Craighead George

  • My Side of the Mountain (1959)
  • On the Far Side of the Mountain (1990)
  • Frightful’s Mountain (1999)
  • Frightful’s Daughter (2002) (picture book)
  • Frightful’s Daughter Meets the Baron Weasel (2007) (picture book)

When I was a kid, I found some of my dad’s childhood books stuck in a closet in his old bedroom at my grandparents’ house.  Some of them, like Jim Kjelgaard’s Wild Trekwent on to become lifelong favorites.  Another beloved classic from that stack was the first book in this series, My Side of the Mountain.  Like Wild Trek, My Side of the Mountain is about someone living off the land, all alone – a topic that has always fascinated me, and continues to do so.  I was very drawn to My Side of the Mountain because of George’s conversational tone, aided by Sam’s first-person narrative, and accompanied by sketches of things like plants, snares, and handmade fishhooks.

Sam Gribley is a teen when he decides to run away from his home – a crowded apartment full of younger siblings in New York City – and try to live off the land in the Catskills, where his family owns, but has never visited, his grandfather’s old abandoned farm.  Sam’s parents tell him he’s welcome to try, but obviously expect him to be back home as soon as he gets a little hungry.  However, Sam has been doing his research, and although things are hard at first, he begins to make progress as he harvests food and other necessities from the wilderness.  Throughout the story we also hear of wild creatures and natural occurrences, a gentle lecture on the ways of the mountain that never feels preachy or forced.

While I had read My Side of the Mountain many times as a youngster, and several times as an adult, I had only read the sequel, On the Far Side of the Mountain, once, and had never read any of the other stories.  As you can see from the published dates, these all followed quite a long while after the original story.  While enjoyable, the two main sequels definitely felt much more heavy-handed in their conservation message, especially Frightful’s Mountain, which is more or less a constant bombardment of why birds of prey are critical to the balance of nature.

In the first book, Sam finds a peregrine falcon nest, from which he takes a young falcon and raises her to hunt for him.  He names her Frightful, and she becomes an amazing part of the overall story.  In the second book, a ranger shows up and tells Sam that he is harboring an illegal bird and confiscates Frightful, telling Sam that she will be rehabilitated into the wild.  Meanwhile, Sam’s younger sister Alice is now also living in the wilderness.  She sets off on her own adventure, leaving a trail for Sam to follow.  As the story unfolds, Sam begins to wonder if the person who took Frightful was legitimate, and in the end the youngsters uncover and illegal bird-trading ring.

While it’s a decent story, I didn’t warm to On the Far Side of the Mountain nearly as much as the first story.  Part of it is the removal of Frightful, which aggravated me as an adult and genuinely upset me as a kid – I remember distinctly that that was why I disliked this story then and only read it once.  The other part is that the whole bit where there is illegal falcon trading going on doesn’t really fit with the rest of the story.  It’s an attempt to make things suspenseful, but it just doesn’t flow at all.  The whole story would have read much better if Frightful had been taken by a legitimate wildlife officer who also worked with Sam as they rehabilitated Frightful to the wild.  Instead there is this weird “mystery” that isn’t really a mystery.

Frightful’s Mountain is a book that will really only interest you if you are fascinated by peregrine falcons.  It is all about Frightful trying to survive in the wilderness, despite the fact that she was raised as a tame bird.  Throughout, there are very heavyhanded messages about things people – including children – can do to help with the preservation of these rare and beautiful birds, most of which seem to do with writing letters to people, which the children in this book do incessently.  For me, there was more preaching than story, and aspects of the story seemed rather convoluted so that they could fit with the preaching.  It wasn’t a bad book, but it definitely wasn’t one that I would particularly care to read again.

The final two books are actually picture books with beautiful illustrations but minimal story.  Pleasant, but nothing amazing.

All in all, while I enjoyed reading through this series, I only ever see myself returning to My Side of the Mountain in the future.  While the rest of the books were a worthwhile one-time read, they really lacked the simplicity and interest of the original tale.

Rearview Mirror // September 2019

Well, gang, I did a puh-retty terrible job of being a book blogger in September, but that’s typical for me this time of year – September is one of my busiest months of the year, and this year I compounded it by going on an epic journey to Wyoming and back!  It’s been a great month overall.  Vacation was awesome; I love my job at the orchard; and we’ve managed to get a few projects checked off here at home, too.  I’m still reading a lot, pages wedged in whenever I can, but haven’t had a lot of time for blogging.  I managed to get two batches of minireviews accomplished in the last two days, so you at least have had a taste of what I’ve been reading!  Here’s the list of books still waiting to be reviewed, as some of them may play into the rest of this entry’s stats…

  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, plus two sequels and two children’s picture books
  • Bloodlust and Bonnets by Emily McGovern
  • The Clue of the Broken Wing by Margaret Sutton
  • The Fugitive Heiress by Amanda Scott
  • Me, You and Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield
  • The Katy Did series by Susan Coolidge

I also reread Nora Roberts’s Bridal Quartet, but I probably won’t bother reviewing those again.  They were relaxing vacation fare.

Favorite September Read

I had a few 4.5* reads this month, but I think I’m going to hand this slot to My Side of the Mountain.  It’s a childhood favorite that has worn very well through the years.  I was delighted to be reunited with Sam and his woodsy wisdom.

Most Disappointing September Read

Probably The Woman in Cabin 10.   I was left feeling confused at the end of this one, and was frequently aggravated while reading it, neither of which are signs of a good thriller.

By the Numbers

In September…

  • I only read 5511 pages – my lowest monthly count this year by quite a lot.  Like I said, busy busy busy!!
  • However, I had my highest average star rating of the year – 3.8!
  • This month most of my books were from my own personal library – 16 out of 23 books.  I only read one book on my Kindle.
  • September’s oldest book was originally published in 1872 – What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge.
  • Nora Roberts snagged the longest book slot with Three Fates checking in at 472 pages, while Jean Craighead George’s Frightful’s Daughter was only 27 pages, with lots of pictures.

September DNFs

I only had one this month – Pippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson, which I got as a free Kindle book a long time ago.  It wasn’t a bad book, but it was just SO boring that I couldn’t bring myself to care about what happened to anyone.  I slogged through 70% of it as a bedtime read before realizing that I just didn’t want to even finish.  But isn’t that cover adorable??

TBR Update

For those of you who don’t know, I’m weirdly obsessive with organizing the TBR, and have it on a spreadsheet divided into five different tabs:

  • Standalones:  435 (DOWN one!)
  • Nonfiction:  103 (up three)
  • Personal (which includes all books I own (fiction and nonfiction), but lists any series I own as only one entry…):  655 (DOWN four!)
  • Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series):  236 (up one)
  • Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 115 (DOWN one!)

Awaiting Review

Besides the books listed at the beginning of the post, which I read in September, I’ve read three books in October so far – I’m just getting more and more behind on reviews!!!

  • The House of a Thousand Lanterns by Victoria Holt
  • The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
  • Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Current Reading

Today I started Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George.  I remember vaguely reading this as a youngster and not liking it, which is weird because I have always liked wolves.  I’m interested to revisit it as an adult and see if it has improved with time for me.

The Probable Next Five(ish) Reads

I’ve been doing really terrible at sticking with my short TBR as I just haven’t been in the mood for… well, anything, really.  But these *may* be what I read next…

  • Double Folly by Marnie Ellingson – I bought this one a while back after rereading The Wicked Marquis and remembering how much I enjoyed it. We’ll see if this one lives up to the standard.
  • Lord Brocktree by Brian Jacques – I still want to finish the Redwall books, but I just wasn’t in the mood for this one this summer, so I pushed it down the list.  We’ll see how I feel about it this time around.
  • Magnolia Wednesdays by Wendy Wax – this one came in a book box a year ago or so.  I’m not completely sure it is going to be my kind of fare, so it may end up as a DNF.
  • In the Forests of Serre by Patricia McKillup – I’ve had mixed results from this author in the past, but when I like her books, I REALLY like them, so I’m least going to give this one a try.
  • The Dry by Jane Harper – I feel like this book was on every blog when it was published back in 2016.  As usual, I’m way behind on reading new releases (actually, I think I’ve waited so long there’s a sequel out haha), so it’s about time to see if it lives up to the hype!!