Reviews

“No Such Thing as Getting Away with It”: The Villa by Rachel Hawkins

               I don’t know what Rachel Hawkins puts into her books, but I am obsessed. The Villa, her latest release, is in the same vein as her earlier suspense novels—The Wife Upstairs and Reckless Girls—but with an edge and greater sense of cohesion that shows growth. I devoured the entire book in a day. I… Continue reading “No Such Thing as Getting Away with It”: The Villa by Rachel Hawkins

Lifestyles · Reviews

What I Read in 2022

               One of my goals this year was to read more. In 2021, I was an ‘average’ reader, completing fourteen books. I set the same initial goal in January—at least one book a month—and, as of today, have exceeded my expectations. Maybe the person I was a few years ago would be disappointed, but I’m… Continue reading What I Read in 2022

Lifestyles

Getaway with Soleil: The Sunshine Coast

               I’ve already waxed poetic about the ocean, putting my feet in the cold water for the first time in years, but I still can’t get over how magical this trip has been. Since early 2020, I’ve rarely left Reno and stuck close to home. This year, however, I’ve gone to multiple countries, a horror… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: The Sunshine Coast

Lifestyles

Getaway with Soleil: The Gold Coast

            I have reached the point in this holiday where it always seems as if I’m unpacking and simultaneously packing a suitcase. The benefit of traveling with multiple destinations, especially a new country, is the chance to see more places. The downside is how rushed everything can feel and a certain kind of sameness that… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: The Gold Coast

Lifestyles

Getaway with Soleil: A Night at The Cordis

            Most of the time, my accommodations fall cleanly into the ‘affordable’ category. On family road trips, we’d sometimes stay in Best Westerns or Motel 6s: pools rarely open, itchy comforters, views of small towns or open fields, free cable TV, and reasonable pricing for a night between here and there. My current holiday will… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: A Night at The Cordis

Reviews

“More Seawater Than Blood”: They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe

            When I say beach read, what do you imagine? Perhaps you think of a tantalizing summer romance in a coastal town where the passion is as hot as the sun and sand. Maybe you’re more in the mood for a cozy mystery about a body washing up on the shore, and the quirky local… Continue reading “More Seawater Than Blood”: They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe

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“Do You Taste the Taste in My Mouth?”: The Ghost That Ate Us by Daniel Kraus

            I have been told by the author to share that this is a book best avoided because of the suffering and pain it will cause. If, however, you are immune to danger and tantalized by fast food ghosts then I can only give my honest review of what I discovered in the pages of… Continue reading “Do You Taste the Taste in My Mouth?”: The Ghost That Ate Us by Daniel Kraus

Lifestyles

Little Free Libraries in The Biggest Little City

               I first heard about Little Free Libraries back in 2016. One of my professors would give us updates on the development, build, and creation of his. Even so, this non-profit book exchange program faded from my mind for several years. Then, in the midst of a TikTok session, a pair of BookTok-ers filmed their… Continue reading Little Free Libraries in The Biggest Little City

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“A Little Bruja Magic”: Goddess of Filth by V. Castro

               Have you ever read something and had that little click where you realize that long-forgotten thrill of discovery has returned? I remember it used to happen all the time when I was younger: new fantastical worlds, interesting characters, staying up all night to finish the story. Post-degree and analytical to a fault, I’ve had… Continue reading “A Little Bruja Magic”: Goddess of Filth by V. Castro

Writing

Why I Stopped Using Stars to Rate Books

               Earlier this year, I read an article by Sadie Hartmann, well-known reviewer of horror, explaining why she was no longer rating books with stars. Her reasons included how subjective and reductive such explanations can be, especially when compared to a written review. This spurred my own thoughts on the matter, and I decided to… Continue reading Why I Stopped Using Stars to Rate Books