End of the Year Book Tag | 2018

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Hey guys!! I’m coming at you with yet another tag! Now that I’m on break from school I’m trying to be better about posting. I first saw the tag on Kelly’s blog and loved it! Go check out her post! I hope y’all enjoy this one! Continue reading

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Book Review: From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

34068481TITLE: From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

AUTHOR: Caitlin Doughty

PUBLICATION DATE: October 3rd, 2017

GENRE: Non-fiction, Travel, History

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Death

 

Fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for their dead. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather’s mummified body. Grandpa’s mummy has lived in the family home for two years, where the family has maintained a warm and respectful relationship. She meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls), and introduces us to a Japanese kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved-ones’ bones from cremation ashes.

With curiosity and morbid humor, Doughty encounters vividly decomposed bodies and participates in compelling, powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in America. Featuring Gorey-esque illustrations by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity introduces death-care innovators researching green burial and body composting, explores new spaces for mourning—including a glowing-Buddha columbarium in Japan and America’s only open-air pyre—and reveals unexpected new possibilities for our own death rituals. Continue reading

Book Review: Verity by Colleen Hoover

41957126TITLE: Verity

AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover

PUBLICATION DATE: December 7th, 2018

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Psychological

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Abortion

 

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her. Continue reading

ARC Review: Breaking Down Her Walls by Erin Zak

41388155TITLE: Breaking Down Her Walls

AUTHOR: Erin Zak

PUBLICATION DATE: December 11th, 2018

GENRE: LGBTQ+, Romance, Contemporary, Adult

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Domestic abuse mention

 

Leaving is what Julia Finch does best.

When a meeting with her birth parents goes horribly wrong, Julia escapes on a hastily planned road trip and winds up breaking down in a Colorado town so small the cows outnumber the people. Completely out of her element, she takes a temporary job as a ranch hand at Bennett Ranch. She only has to survive long enough to get her car fixed, and then she’s out of there for good.

Her bad luck continues when she meets the ranch owner, Elena Bennett. Elena is unhappy, abrasive, and annoyingly breathtaking. But the longer Julia stays, the more the ranch starts to feel like home, and her feelings for Elena become impossible to ignore. She’s spent years building her defenses high and running from her past. Could a love worth staying for be the key to breaking down her walls? Continue reading

ARC Review: Taking Chances by Erin McKenzie

40679944TITLE: Taking Chances

AUTHOR: Erin McKenzie

PUBLICATION DATE: December 1st 2018

GENRE: LGBTQ+, Romance, Contemporary

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Suicide mention, Rape mention, Drug Abuse mention 

Children’s librarian Valerie Cruz has worked hard to make a comfortable life for herself since aging out of the foster care system. She loves her job but avoids intimate connections―life has taught her that she can only count on herself. When she gets the opportunity to become a foster parent, Val decides to take the leap. If she can help kids, she’ll do it, even if it means reentering the system.
Foster care case worker Paige Wellington is passionate about her work, and she’s been a foster parent herself. When she meets the beautiful Valerie Cruz, she is drawn to her in a way she can’t explain, even though Valerie seems to want nothing to do with her. But when they clash over what is in the best interest of the children in Valerie’s care, the children may be the only ones who can convince them that it’s worth taking chances for love. Continue reading