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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Once Upon a River: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743298087
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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
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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The Printed Letter Bookshop Cover Image
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
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
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
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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