Katie

I've always loved to read, I was constantly reprimanded for reading during various math classes of my childhood and getting busted reading in my room with a flashlight well past my bedtime. I couldn't help it, I was an addict and not looking to curb my addiction whatsoever. Growing up I loved The Chronicles of Narnia, and the first series I was actively obsessed with was Harry Potter. Today, I still love a good fantasy series but I also can be found reading some science fiction (hello, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett), some classics, and a smattering of nonfiction (especially if it's outdoor/adventure based). I want to buy almost every cookbook I lay eyes on even though I hardly ever cook, and I'd like to give mystery a go. When I'm not reading I like to spend my time outside, traveling, drinking coffee, and eating.

 

 

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Of Literature and Lattes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780785222040
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Published: Thomas Nelson - May 12th, 2020

If you know me you know that The Printed Letter Bookshop holds a dear place in my literary heart, well we are back folks with a second installment! This time around Reay focuses on Janet’s daughter, Alyssa, and the recent explosion of her career and the company she worked for... not in a good way. Alyssa Harrison finds herself at the center of a major medical tech. scandal, and now jobless, homeless, and waiting to be questioned by the FBI, she has no choice but to limp back home to Winsome, Illinois and all that she tried to flee from there. Namely her mother. Jeremy Mitchell on the other hand is brand new to Winsome. He's a Seattle transplant looking to be closer to his daughter, uprooted from the rainy west coast to the Midwest in the hopes of being a better father, a more cooperative ex-husband, and starting another thriving coffee shop right in sleepy Winsome. What Jeremy was not prepared for in this tiny offshoot of Chicago, was the distrust of newcomers by the townsfolk and just how deeply rooted tradition is in this tight knit community. Although my heart still firmly belongs to The Printed Letter Bookshop, Of Literature & Lattes is also a wonderful read full of the same amazing storytelling Reay makes seem so easy, and truly beautiful underlying morals of love and family. This is a perfect read if you need something uplifting to take the edge off these covid and election crazed times. Bonus: it’s in paperback!


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Half Baked Harvest Super Simple: More Than 125 Recipes for Instant, Overnight, Meal-Prepped, and Easy Comfort Foods: A Cookbook Cover Image
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 29th, 2019

By nature I am not much of a chef; I really only ever cook out of necessity and very rarely because it sounds fun or because I’m feeling creative. The same can be said of baking for me. However, I do have a deep love for cookbooks and cannot help wanting to own every one that catches my eye (all about judging that book by its cover). So, when I came across Teighan Gerard’s second installment in Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, I was struck by two things: the first is that it is beautiful, with a delicious and pleasing photo on the cover; the second is that it literally has ‘simple’ in the title. This was the cookbook for me! I wasn’t at all disappointed when I started taking a deeper look either. Gerard comes right out and says that if there is an easier way to do something in the kitchen, that is how she will do it (Preach, girl!). She also goes on to defend store-bought pastry dough and pie crust saying she keeps some on hand at all times (seriously my kind of woman). If you are the lazy and reluctant cook and baker as I am, I beseech you; buy this book! The recipes are insanely delicious, seriously simple and I cannot emphasize that enough, and Gerard is hilarious. If nothing else, this will make for a beautiful and funny coffee table book in your home. If you are brave enough to take my advice and peek between the covers, you will find yourself standing in the middle of your kitchen clutching the most delicious apple tarts you’ve ever made (and not just because they are the only ones you’ve ever made...) and thinking, “Wow, Katie sure knew what she was talking about”. I do though, because Tieghan Gerard does.


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My Favorite Half-Night Stand Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501197406
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Published: Gallery Books - December 4th, 2018

If you’re ever looking for something that is going to make you laugh, you never have to look farther than a Christina Lauren novel. This writing duo has mastered the art of rom-com in book form and My Favorite Half-Night Stand is one of their best. Millie Morris is a professor in California who loves her job, her friends, and her life, but she can’t shake the nagging thought that her love life isn’t exactly where she wants it to be. With that thought lodged in her brain, combined with a night of too much wine, she breaks the age-old rule of not blurring that line of friendship with her best friend, Reid. They both agree it’s never going to happen again but things start getting heated in more ways than one when their university’s annual benefit turns into a black-tie and date situation and Millie’s friends all decide they need dates to it. Real ones. Now Millie finds herself caught in a situation that is quickly flying out of control as a one-time-fling seems to be stuck on repeat, and she can’t decide what it is she should do, let alone what she really wants from Reid. This book is a perfect break from reality, and I think we’re all overdue for that break right now! You’ll laugh, cry, and feel your heart grow three times its size. The perfect book for a sunny afternoon hanging at the beach or swinging in your hammock.


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Ruthie Fear: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393635560
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 1st, 2020

Literary fiction is not typically my type of read, but I’m glad I made the exception here; this book was a weird and raw exploration of what it’s like to grow up high in the mountains with just a dad and a really wild imagination. Ruthie Fear is not a stranger to hard times, in fact it is all she’s ever known, and one of the first lessons she learns is that in order to survive, you have to be tough. Especially in the wilds of Montana, and especially as a lone girl in a world of men. Abandoned by her mother as a toddler, Ruthie has no female role models in her life, all she has in the realm of female friendships is her best friend Pip who is also being raised mostly by men. Ruthie decides that in order to truly learn how the world works, because her father and his friends certainly aren’t going to give her the advice she’s looking for, she has to watch and wait. It’s amidst this watching that Ruthie finally sees something. A something she cannot explain and cannot shake that will follow her throughout her life; never really releasing her mind from its grip. Loskutoff does a really convincing job of getting inside the mentality of growing from a girl into a woman and sharing it in a truly strange and gripping tale. Ruthie Fear won’t be published until this September, but it is well worth the wait!


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The Familiars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778309017
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Published: Mira Books - October 1st, 2019

I had been looking forward to reading this book forever, and it turned out so much better than I could've hoped. Based on the real life Pendle Witch Trials in England in the 1600s, Fleetwood Shuttleworth is a young wife to an up-and-comer in English aristocracy and is desperate to give her husband a son and heir. Amid the growing hysteria of witches on the rise near Fleetwood's town, she meets a strange woman who is a midwife in the neighboring village who promises to help Mistress Shuttleworth. Fleetwood soon realizes her boldness for defending and housing a stranger during this time when no woman is safe may have dire consequences. This is a beautiful story of immense heartbreak, the bonds of female friendships, human ambition, and of course witches.


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ISBN: 9781501128035
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Published: Gallery Books - May 14th, 2019

This book had me screaming with laughter. Olive Torres is a twin; the unlucky twin to be exact. Her sister Ami is sunny, positive, and wins every competition she has ever entered...which is all of them. Olive on the other hand is pessimistic, grouchy, and keeps her eyes peeled for life's sucker punch. I love Olive. When her sister's entire wedding, sans Olive and Ethan the best man, gets food poisoning her Ami forces the two of them to take her and her new husband's place on their honeymoon. The trip is one hundred percent nonrefundable, and Ami is not about to let her big win go to waste. The problem; Olive and Ethan absolutely hate each other. Snarky, sexy, and completely adorable this book was all too easy to get lost in. Christina and Lauren (the authors) have such a knack for quick-witted dialogue, the characters are lovable and hateable, and the story is a fun take on the classic hate him then love him trope.


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Once Upon a River: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - July 2nd, 2019

This is a book for all the fantasy and fairy tale lovers. We begin along the banks of the Thames, in a small town, in a smaller pub: The Swan. The Swan is legendary for the tales that are told within its walls, with travelers from far and wide hoping for the chance to hear a story that will thrill them or, even better, for the glory of telling the best tale yet. On a stormy night, as is custom in any good fantasy, the village folk and travelers occupying the pub suddenly find themselves caught in a tale that is much darker, more captivating, and far more inconceivable than anything that has so far been told. It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a fantasy that really swept me up in the story, but I started this one on a lunch break one day because it sounded interesting and the cover was pretty (I know, I know!).  Before I knew it, my break was over, and I did not want to put it down. It has all the “once upon a time” finesse of compelling characters, grim twists and turns, and a world that is believable but with that fantastical edge that doesn’t leave you feeling too settled.


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The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982583330
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - November 12th, 2019

This nonfiction adventure had me from the very first chapter. The Twenty-Ninth Day is an insane retelling of a 600-mile canoe trip in the Canadian tundra that brought the author face-to-teeth with a grizzly bear. What could be more perfect than a canoeing expedition through gorgeous and generally untouched wilderness with five of your buddies? To Alex Messenger- probably nothing. He brings you right along side him: paddling the Dubawnt River, catching trout in Princess Mary Lake, laughing in camp along the shores of an unnamed island, and then climbing a ridgeline of the tundra to look into the eyes of one of the most powerful beasts in North America. In short, this book is intense. I held my breath through each set of rapids, felt the itch to start planning my next camping trip, and was mind blown over how unreal it is that the author walked away from a grizzly attack. This truly is an incredible story, and it has me torn between buying myself a canoe or carrying a rifle to check my mailbox.


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ISBN: 9780785222002
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Published: Thomas Nelson - May 14th, 2019

This has been one of my absolute favorite reads of the summer. This story is about women. Three women in particular: Madeline, Claire, and Janet. Madeline is an up-and-comer at her law firm, with the finish line of becoming the youngest partner in her firm perfectly in sight. Everything is exactly as it should be until her estranged aunt dies and leaves Madeline her house, her bookshop, and her two and only employees, Claire and Janet. These three women must now not only navigate the loss of someone intertwined with all of their lives, but discover how they will all coexist in this newly scrambled present. This is a story of redemption, love, and friendship. How the power of women is strong enough to overcome even the most damaged of situations, and you can always find a friend in unexpected places. This book made me laugh, made me blink back tears, and had me thinking "oh jeez, I'm exactly like that..." It is perfect for women of all ages, especially ones who are looking to read a well-written story with amazing characters and a lot of heart.


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How to Stop Time: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525522898
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Published: Penguin Books - June 11th, 2019

Is love bound by time? Can decades truly hold no power over the strength of love? Is it possible to fall in love again centuries later? Will teaching a history class to British teenagers cause all of that to come to a crashing halt? Possibly. Tom Hazard is not like most folks, he ages at a slower rate than the average human. So slow that he has lived for centuries, looking no older than his thirties. This is Tom's secret, a secret he must keep in order to protect himself and those few people like him...on pain of death. Tom now spends his days as a high school history teacher in London, while looking for a similarly gifted daughter he hasn't seen in centuries, while desperately trying to avoid his attraction to the pretty French teacher he now calls a colleague. This book is a wonderful journey through time, illustrating just how powerful love is and the lengths a person will be driven to in an attempt to preserve that love. It's a fun read for anyone who loves history, science, time travel, and of course a good love story.


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The Darwin Affair: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206345
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 11th, 2019

The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason is such a fun mystery; combining history and fiction seamlessly. The year is 1860 in London, and there have been a flurry of assassination attempts on Queen Victoria. Despite the rise in threats to her life, the Queen is unwilling to limit herself, and will only consent to a heavy guard during a carriage ride through the heart of London with her husband. Moments later, a shot rings out over the assembly, as another attempt on the Queen is made.

Meanwhile, in Oxford, there is a great buzzing of anticipation as the school's esteemed Bishop Wilberforce is preparing to publicly challenge Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species and refute his claims of evolution in a formal debate. It is here that Chief Detective Inspector Field, of the Metropolitan London Police finds himself involved with both Darwin and The Queen, when he discovers that the rise in attempts on the Queen's life may have to do with the controversies of Darwin's writing. I truly was giddy with anticipation, reading a mystery that is so well thought out it kept me guessing the entire way! The perfect read if you're looking to spice up your normal reading rotation, or just want something exciting to lose yourself in.


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Waiting for Tom Hanks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984804020
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Published: Berkley - June 11th, 2019

I'm not going to lie, I initially picked up this book because of the bright pink lettering (and that 100% falls under judging a book by its cover), but hats off to Winfrey's marketing team because I'm so glad I bought into that bubblegum title. This is a story about a college graduate, Annie, with aspirations to become a screen writer, but she's having trouble breaking up with her pre-college life; living in her family's home with her uncle, and watching endless romcoms featuring none other than the always-charming, Tom Hanks. Annie is in a rut, daydreaming of how things could be for her career and love life and just waiting for something to come along to change everything. There is just the right amount of cheesiness to this book, that makes you laugh, hope so badly those two characters are finally going to kiss, and then leaves you with a smile. This thing is also jam packed with a highlight reel of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan's "greatest of" making it a must for anyone who ever loved You've Got Mail, or Sleepless in Seattle! Truly an enjoyable read.


 
 
 
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