Mini Reviews December Wrap Up

I think December was the month of me DNFing books.  I’m getting to the point where I don’t want to waste my good reading time on things that do not bring me joy so I’m thinking that is a win for me.

Gilded by Marissa Meyer (audio) – Sigh.  I don’t know what’s happening. . . whether my reading tastes or changing or I’m just not having luck with books but the MC was just insufferable.  She lies and spins tales and just expects it to be ok.  That everyone will just accept them as stories.  She was punished – with almost certain death and she still was trying to have others ask her nicely for help? I’d have slapped her.  I don’t feel like she grew at all through the book, though the storyline itself was really good.  I do plan on reading the sequel though so I’m hoping for a redemption in that one. 3/5

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert – I carried this one around at least a week before even trying to start it.  Once I started I knew why. . .it just wasn’t the same.  You can tell her writing has improved dramatically.  I quit.   

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon – This one was a slow start but eventually it picked up and I flew through half of the book before I knew it.  It was absolutely adorable and worth the read.  4/5

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center – A companion of What You Wish For that came before it and I didn’t know till I started the second book, lol. Overall I loved the story but the ending felt like it left details out that would have made this story feel a bit more real.  Also, I can’t get behind a hero kissing everything that moves but still loving someone?  I feel like if we could have gotten his POV or more details that I might have felt better about everything else.  4/5

What You Wish For by Katherine Center (audio) – This one was Daph’s rec for 2021 for me and I’ve put it off till the last month (like half of the recs, don’t judge!). I didn’t like the lead.  I stopped halfway to read the book that is a companion too and then when I tried to go back I still hated the heroine so much I just didn’t care what happened to her.  I quit this one as well.

The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams (audio) – Started it and almost immediately quit.  Body shaming is extremely triggering for me so it wasn’t the books fault, just something I can’t read or rarely can.  

The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman (audio) – The sequel to Practical Magic, something I would definitely want movie wise but i wasn’t sure about book wise and i was correct.  Hated almost everything that happened.  How can a family that is steeped in magic leave so much pertinent info out when it comes to their family?  I quit halfway and I won’t be going back or reading the prequels.  

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Roberson – A friend rec for the year, I enjoyed it but it felt extremely weird that a fantasy book was a standalone.  3/5

But You’re Still So Young: How Thirtysomethings are Redefining Adulthood by Kayleen Schaefer – A look at being a 30-something in today’s society.  It definitely made me feel better at my life decisions so far as sparse as they are.  You might feel a little less alone after reading.  4/5

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (audio) – Book two in the Wheel of Time series.  I’m still loving the story but there are a few things that are starting to bother me.  One, the sayings “light burn me” and “blood and ashes”.  They say this too much and I find myself rolling my eyes at it.  Also?  Rand and Nynaeve really need serious attitude adjustments. There is a greater purpose and they cannot get past their own selfish wants and needs to see that and I just wanted to shake them both. I find so far that the books start a bit slow for me, move on to me being annoyed at their responses to everything, and then ending on a high note.  Things are really starting to pick up and this is a truly great story.  I’m also watching the show at the same time and I’m very angry at the amount of information the show is leaving out.  I feel like they are assuming you’ve read the books and that isn’t fair to everyone.  While I would love it if more people would read they shouldn’t have to just to follow the storyline.  Book wise?  5/5

The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (audio) – Book three in the Wheel of Time series. Almost the entire book was Perrin’s and Egwene’s POVs so it was a shift for me that kept me from not loving this one quite as much.  I think this series could have been half the size it was if they’d just cut out the “curse words”  blood and ashes & the light anything.  Even smaller if just two people out of the ENTIRE book would talk to each other.  If they can’t even trust each other what is the point?  If you are having weird dreams, talk to someone.  As the saying goes, see something say something.  4/5

The Marvellous Light by Freya Marske (audio) – This audio for this one was hard to find pacing on.  I never listen to books at normal (1x) speed but even though the narrator didn’t change I found myself constantly switching between 1.5-2.0x.  Overall I liked the story, this has been on my TBR since the moment I saw it pop up but fell a little to the point where I think this could have been a standalone and not a series.  Being as this is book one I would think you’d spend more time building the world up and little on the romance, that would pick up in two, but it’s the complete opposite.  I don’t know how this will play out over three books but I will definitely pick up book two when it comes out to see.  3/5

The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman (audio) – The sequel I didn’t want, God this story is so different from the movie.  How can a family know each other so well but not talk about the important things? Everyone with the secrets, it drives me insane.  Sally is just horrible.  In fact, the entire family is horrible.  They all think they are owed everything and should have to give nothing in return.    I hated everything so much I quit about halfway through. I won’t be continuing with this series.

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward – This is a reread, I stopped the series at book 12 or 13(?) and I just don’t remember enough to pick it back up so I’m starting back at the beginning.  There is nothing new to add, I binged all the ones that were out when I was given these and until I stopped I would read upon the release.  Some things are a bit cheesier the second time around but I still love them. Ratings stay the same IMO.

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward – Second verse, same as the first.

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward – I think my favorite of the series that I’ve read so far, though I know I’m really behind but definitely the one to beat.  I love a broken man, I’m basic like that.  I’m reading these quickly so I’m hopeful to get to books I haven’t read yet fairly soon which will help clear my TBR up nicely.

Wolfpack:  How to Come Together , Unleash Out Power, and Change the Game by Abby Wamach (audio) – An extremely quick audio that was the same as most self-help or motivational books.  A nice read but no new info.  I didn’t feel any different once I read it.  3/5

Out of 17 books started I quit 5 so I officially read 12.  Now bad for the end of the year with so many holidays and things going on.  I’m hoping to keep up my reading quantity each month into 2022 and my big project for 2022 is to clear books at my actual house and get my goodreads TBR down by a minimum of 100.  Let’s see how far I get!

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Mini Reviews November Wrap Up

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber – I think I’m going to like this series more than Caraval.  I love the amount of magical elements that are in this new land.  4/5

Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis (audio) – A wonderful story that gives you hope that everything does happen for a reason.  4/5

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller –  I liked the story but did not fall in love with this book like so many others.  I have always found mythology interesting but the way people treated others in these stories and how the innocents were treated like criminals never sat right with me.  Greek tragedies at their finest.  3/5

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrick Backman (audio) –  This is my third novel by this author and though i enjoyed it I think it isn’t my favorite.  If you love his other books it is worth a read. 3/5

The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson – An adorable book that any book lover would enjoy.  I honestly don’t know what else I could say about it. 4/5

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (audio) – Whew boy, this is NOT like the movie we all know and love.  I cannot stress how different this story is and though it was ok, I’m afraid I’m going to say it:  THE MOVIE WAS BETTER.   3/5

The Wicked King by Holly Black (audio/book) – I’ve been dragging my feet on continuing this series.  While I’ve started to find more fairy stories that I enjoy, I hate the way everything is political in these books.  Where is the romance?  I feel like a bait and switch was pulled on me.  I’ll finish the series out but unless the next book really cranks up the romance this isn’t a series I’d ever reread. I think I will need a break before reading the next book regardless. 3/5

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan (audio/book) – I’ve slowly been collecting this series to try and binge and the more I collected the more I realized I would never be able to binge it.  These are hefty books but I wanted to get at least the first one done before the show premiered, which I’ve done by the skin of my teeth. I can tell you I’m not sure what would be better, audio/versus physical but the amount of world building and names being thrown at you is rough.  I struggled for quite awhile to even separate everyone in my head.  I think because of the magnitude of the world if you haven’t started these books yet, start with the show so you can picture the actors as their characters.  Overall the story was great, a true adventure, and if the show is half as good as the book it will be a hit for years to come.  4/5

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood – There was a ton of hype on this one and I think it was justified.  I’ve only recently started back reading more books classified as romance (haven’t read much in this genre since high school).  I’m 100% on board with the grumpy/sunshine trope and I’d love more recs for it!  My only issue here is I know this was a Kelo Ren/Rey thing so I immediately saw Adam Driver as the lead and while he is an attractive man I’m not so gung ho about him as others so that threw off a bit for me. Otherwise a great read, I read it over 2 days but only because I started it so late in the day.  I will definitely check out any books by this author in the future.  4/5

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling – Anything with Gothic vibes is sure to intrigue me enough to investigate but this one fell flat.  Some of the decisions made were beyond ridiculous and the plot was so convoluted that I just couldn’t care about the characters.  It’s hard to root for someone or even care when they were only in a few chapters.  2/5

The Broken Girls by Simone St James (audio) – This is my second book by this author and I can tell you I will be reading her entire backlog.  She perfectly balances ghost stories with thrillers.  4/5

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (audio) – An extremely quick audio that was very entertaining.  Don’s growth was believable and this was one of the most realistic books I’ve ever read.  I can’t wait to see the movie version.  3/5

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey (audio) – After finding Tessa with It Happened One Summer I knew I’d have to go and read some of her older titles.  If you loved that one you will definitely like this one as well. Book one in a three book series, it was very spicy as tiktok would say (think about IHOS on steroids) and a super fast read.   I have book two ready to go!  4/5

Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey – Another series I had to pick up a physical copy of the second book.  So here’s my issue. I don’t like romance books in which the couple is already married and they are working on issues after the fact. It’s depressing and if I’m reading romance it’s not what I’m looking for. With that being said I still read this in a day and Tessa Bailey can write some spicy scenes. 3/5

Tools of Engagement by Tess Bailey (audio) – Probably my least favorite of the series but I’m not sure I can explain why?  Something didn’t sit right for me and I’m going to have to think about it for a while. 3/5

The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox – I’m embracing the holiday season book wise.  This was billed as comparable to The Holiday, Gilmore Girls, The Parent Trap, and the GBBO, none of which are a bad choice.  This has a Hallmark story vibe as well, in fact I’m fairly certain there was a holiday swap with Candace Cameron Bure??  It was a cute read but hard to believe that identical twins who swapped places all the time when they were younger would struggle so much though.   3/5

If the Fates Allow: A Short Story by Rainbow Rowell – a COVID check-in novella with our favorite sarcastic friend Reagan. Cute. I wish it was longer. Can we get a full book on adult Reagan? 3/5

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah Maclean – One of my 12(but really 13) friends recs for the year.  Overall I liked the story, I wish I knew before starting that it connects (vaguely) to her other books. I’m also very interested in seeing how I’m going to like the third book in this run as he is currently not a good guy. 3/5

Brazen and the Beast by Sarah Maclean – In continuing on with the Bareknuckle Bastard series I can tell you I do like the storylines but I do not like either of the heroines so far and i have absolutely no idea how the villain of both will be redeemed enough in book three for me to like him. I don’t hold much hope at this point. Hattie just thought she could pay back a debt of that size? Would that be fair? People died and that was never brought up. Again, another woman that as written as someone that is supposed to be independent and it just comes off as ignorant to me. 3/5  

Daring and the Duke by Sarah Maclean – I quit. I couldn’t read it. I only got 4-5 chapters in and I was still so mad at the villain getting a book so I can’t rate this one. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this series but I might try to come back to it at a later date to check.

Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn’t Designed for You by Jenara Nerenberg – A very interesting read about women and how they process things while potentially dealing with some mental health concerns and how they are generally misdiagnosed or their diagnose is overlooked.  Very informative.  3/5

Not a bad run for one month in which there was a holiday! How about you? What did you read this month?


Mini Reviews October Wrap Up

I think overall October was a decent reading month! I’m trying to listen to more audiobooks as you can see.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (audio) – Most of the book was great, it was on the way to be a solid 4 or even a 5 star book, but then. . . trigger warning for anyone that hasn’t read this book – there is a pet death.  I will never forgive anyone who rated this high and recommended it without giving me a heads up. I may attempt book two but I will definitely need a little break.  3/5

Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson – This book is absolutely adorable and a very fluffy read. If you love rom coms you will love this book.  3/5

Always Only You by Chloe Liese (audio) – Be still my nerd heart. Book two in the series, I’ve been waiting in the library to get the audio.  I definitely enjoyed this one more than book one, it was nice to see more of the family play a part in the story and I look forward to reading more about them.  4/5

Ever After Always by Chloe Liese (audio) – My least favorite of the series so far.  This one is about the one married sibling whose marriage is in decline. As someone who had a decent home life but far from perfect it bothered me so much that it just seemed because Freya had the idyllic upbringing she couldn’t see how much everything that came so easy to her and her family was a daily struggle for Aiden.  They both held back too much and it felt not quite as believable that it took 10 years to get to this point.  3/5

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abi Waxman (audio) – Overall a cute story, a realistic start to a relationship as well, but as someone with anxiety I feel like the ball was dropped all around on that.  Also, the “BIG” gesture was utterly ridiculous. 3/5

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow – A feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty.  This was a short book, just over 100 pages, and though there will be a second book I feel like this could have been a full book.  There was so much that could have been expanded on IMO.  I’ll definitely check out the next book to see where this goes.  3/5

Lumberjanes Vol 19: A Summer to Remember by Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh – Just as fun as always it was another great installment of the series.  First time that I can remember such a cliffhanger though.  Cute! 3/5

Gideon Fal Vol 6:  The End by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, and Dave Stewart – I have a headache from trying to follow this story.  Overall it was a fun time but I’m glad it’s over.  3/5

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca (audio) – I was super excited when this audio dropped at the library!  I flew through it but I think it was my 2nd favorite of the series.  I liked seeing everyone again from the first two books but I missed it not being set at the fair. 3/5

Sadie by Courtney Summers (audio) – Trigger warning, this book has child abuse in it and I hate that I didn’t see one mention of it before starting.  This moved very quickly and the full cast helped make it feel like a true podcast.  A great story but the ending was just ok.  The amount of 5 stars on this one is a bit perplexing to me.  3/5

Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune – After falling in love with Klune’s first adult book I knew this one was an automatic yes and it delivered.  Trigger warning for anyone that has suffered loss, there are mentions of multiple deaths, including suicide. Overall this was a cathartic read but the ending had me in tears.  Regardless of what your beliefs are I know most of us hope there is something after this life and this was a wonderful example of what could be.  5/5

With You Forever by Chloe Liese (audio) – Book four of the seven sibling series.  Overall I’m enjoying the series, at this time this is the last that has been released, but they just all seem a little too good to be true.  I realize this is fiction but this family is above and beyond.  Axel and Rooney were just ok MCs. 3/5

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl (audio) – Narrated by Dave himself this was highly entertaining.  To be taken back to the early days of Nirvana which is when I was a preteen just gave me such a warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia.  If you love The Foo Fighters, Nirvana, and just music I think you’d love this book.  5/5

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (audio) – I think I built this one up more than it should have been. I quit halfway so I can’t rate it fairly but I’m still including it since I reached 50%.  I did look up the ending and I can tell you it wouldn’t have been higher than a 3/5 as if I at least finish a book it usually gets that but something tells me I might have gone 2/5. . . this is a skip IMO. 

The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herrman – Fairly ok read till about 70%. At that point I just didn’t care about the MC anymore and the ending was a huge let down. 3/5Loki:  Agent of Asgard Vol 3:  Last Days by Al Ewing – I was completely lost and couldn’t remember anything from the first two volumes.  Still overall enjoyable, it is Loki after all.  3/5.The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (audio) – This was a 13 books recommended by friends to read this year and though I’d already had it down to read I’m glad it was rec’ed because it was absolutely wonderful. I’ll write more when I post the list later.  5/5

What about you? What did you read this month?

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September Monthly Reading Recap Mini Reviews

I’ve had some problems with reading this month guys.  I have some things going on personally that sucked all my motivation to read out.  I did finish a few books though so let’s see. . . 

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig  (audio) – A bit of a slow start and I was very worried towards the end but it came back around.  A delightful read, can’t wait to read more from this author.  4/5

Kill Joy by Holly Jackson (novella) – I liked the murder mystery story and it was entertaining enough for me to request the first book via audio (though I haven’t started it yet). 3/5

Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tess Bailey – Boy did I like the first book in this series so I was super excited to get to read this one early!!  If you’ve read the first one this one holds up though a lot less sexy times and a lot more emotional growth.  I will definitely be looking for more of Ms Bailey’s books to read.  4/5

Birthright Vol 9:  War of the Worlds by Joshua Williamson – I honestly don’t know what is happening.  I forgot so many of the characters it felt like I was starting over.  3/5

Birthright Vol 10:  Epilogue by Joshua Williamson – Another graphic novel ends.  I liked the ending but I didn’t love the ending ya know?  I guess everyone can’t get a happy ending.  3/5

What did you read this month?  Hopefully I’ll have a much larger list to report back on next month!  Happy reading!!

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Bout of Books

Hey guys!  I know it has been a minute but we decided we are officially participating in this round of Bout of Books!

Let’s get right to the point, reading goals.  We are both extreme mood readers so no titles will be listed but we do have ideas on how many books we want to complete during the bout!

Daph’s goals for the week:

4 Books Total

1 library book

1 book owned

2 audio books

I’m not going to make myself feel bad for not meeting anything I’m listing below but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try!

I’d like to clear at least two, preferably three audiobooks.  I’d also like to clear 2-3 books from my 12 in 12 (but really 13) friend recs for the year.  We are supposed to read one a month and I’m a bit behind so I’m trying to play catch up here since I’ve already met my goodreads reading goal for the year (yay!).  I’d also like to clear 2-3 books off my own shelf, as well as read one ebook (I have a free trial on kindle unlimited right now) AND finish at least one series.

Please note this sounds like A LOT of books but I can think of at least two in my TBR that can cover almost all of these options.  LOL.

Kristina’s Goals:

2-3 audio books

2-3 12/12 friend rec books

2-3 books owned

1 ebook already downloaded

finish one series – can be something already started or a full series in the week

What about you guys?  What are you trying to read for this bout?  I can’t wait to see and I wish you luck on all your goals!


Top Ten Tuesday: 06/22/2021

Today’s Top Ten list?

List the top 10 books you’d love to own and include a link to a wishlist so that people can grant your wish. 

First, happy birthday Jana!! Thank you for all you do with exchanges and hosting TTT.

I’m going to list 10 physical books/series I’d love to own/read but there are also several ebooks on my wishlist that I’m just as excited for.  

Link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2V4JZCCNFOAA2?ref_=wl_share

Darling by K. Ancrum – second Peter Pan retelling that came out this month and I’m here for it!

The Second:  Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America – The older I get the more nonfiction I read.  There are so many aspects of life so many of us have remained ignorant to and it is time to learn and be a part of change.  

The Burning:  The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan – I’m still floored that we didn’t learn about this in school and I want to learn more about it.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – I heard about this on a podcast and frankly after 2020 we could all use all the happiness we can get.

The Poe Estate by Polly Shulman – I’ve read the first book in the series, though I don’t own it and I would love to finally finish it this year!

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso – Really the entire Swords and Fire series.  I’m not sure how I stumbled across these books but this sound like a fantastic fantasy world.

The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn – A series (Witches of New Orleans) set in my state?  Yes please!

Circe & Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – They’ve been on my TBR forever but booktok and made me want to bump them up on the TBR list.

The Kingdom of Grit series by Tyler Whitesides – Again, another I don’t know how I stumbled across it but it sounds epic!!

The Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin – These sound great and I do not know why I haven’t already read them!

What about you? I can’t wait to see what some of you have listed and maybe add more to wishlist! Thanks for stopping by!!!


The Year of Reading

First let me start with the elephant in the room.  Yes, we haven’t been posting in quite a bit. We know.  We were burned out, work/life got in the way, etc there are just so many reasons why we took a hiatus but hopefully you won’t mind seeing us around.  Daphne started a blog insta (@kiki.daphne) but we are a bit behind the times on the bookstagram and booktok.  While I love both, we are just a bit of dinosaurs I guess when it comes to posting and though we are going to work on changing the way we post we will probably still post here first and foremost. 

So. . . .with that out of the way, let’s talk about my year of reading!

Though I seem to live in an area that is pretending the pandemic didn’t happen (and still is really – though most restrictions have eased) and all is well I’ve done my best to stay home as much as possible.  Though at times very boring and slightly claustrophobic it has been a huge help for my reading schedule.  As I write this I’ve almost completed my 2021 goodreads challenge and we aren’t even halfway through the year!  I’m over 40 books ahead of schedule and I’m so proud of myself! A big thing for me is starting and/or completing multiple series this year. I have huge issues with letting go of series and another thing I’ve had to do because of that is rereads.  When I hold off on completing a series I tend to forget what happened and have to go back and read the entire series again and that is just making the TBR grow MORE.  I literally am at almost 900 books TBR and that is after I took off almost 100 in a goodreads purge last month so things are getting serious.  I just wanted to share what I’ve been able to complete so far and what I’m hoping to complete in the rest of the year.  I want to look back in December and be able to say this was DONE.

Series I’ve completed/caught up on in 2021 so far:

The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn 

The Queen’s Thief by Magen Walen Turner 

Fable by Adrienne Young

The Brown Sisters by Talia Hibbert

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (reread for the show)

The Smythe-Smiths by Julia Quinn

Moose Springs, Alaska by Sarah Morgenthaler

Well Met by Jen Deluca (caught up, waiting on the next book!)

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (part reread part finishing series)  

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (part reread, part finishing series)  

Series I’m hoping to complete/catch up on during 2021:

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Sands of Arawiya by Hafsah FAizal (part reread, part finishing series)

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (reread 1-3 took place in 2020, reading Raven King now so in progress!)

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson (part reread, part finishing)

Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (reread His Fair Assassin in 2020)

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Now is this list complete?  NO!  I plan on still mood reading my way through this and any other book I might come across and it is highly possible I won’t get to everything or MAYBE I’ll get through all of them and add more?  Hmmm. . . though if you believe I can do all that, I might have some ocean front property in Arizona for sale. . . .

What about you guys?  Has the pandemic helped you in the reading department?  If you have more suggestions for me please email me, suggest it on goodreads, or even find me on twitter!!

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In a Nutshell 02/29/20


Hey guys!!  Sorry – I’m a day late getting this posted. . . as you will see below it wasn’t a highly productive week. . .


audio: Husband Material by Emily Belden (3.5/5)



Started Season 4 of The Good Place and Series 9 of Doctor Who

Watched Season 3 and started Season 4 of Schitt’s Creek (the kids were off of school and I work part time, don’t judge!)


A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (3.5/5) (hoping it was more about Mr. Rogers, eh)

Knives Out (5/5) SO GOOD. It was a rollercoaster ride and unpredictable and just amazing. Damn, is Chris Evans so fine. Love him so much. His eyes match is sweater. (heart eyes emoji)





Guys.  I didn’t read a single thing book wise.  I’ve been having a lot of sinus issues this week so I took FOUR naps last weekend.  Now don’t think this is bragging because I assure you it is not.  I literally didn’t have the energy to get off the sofa.

I did finish a magazine I bought, World’s Scariest Places.  Not much but that was my week.  I picked up Jojo Rabbit and IT Chapter 2 from the library though so maybe I will have a couple of movies to chat about next week?

What about you?  How was your week?  I hope you enjoy your leap year day!

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In a Nutshell 02/21/20


Want to know what we were up to this week??


I listened to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and read Paper Girls 3.

For shows I finished series 8 of Doctor Who and watched PS I Still Love You

Well this wasn’t a  big reading week for me.  Work was crazy so I didn’t get much lunch break time to read so instead I listened to A LOT of podcasts while working.  Listened to all current episodes for the same podcasts I mentioned last week, chiseled away a few more backlog episodes of Dark Poutine and I found a couple more podcasts to try soon.  I subscribed to A Single Serving Podcast and Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer.  Both seem great but haven’t started either.

It was a tv week for me which is rare nowadays.  I also watched PS I Still Love You and it was adorable.  I also watched all three seasons of Atypical on Netflix – such a good show!  I don’t know if anyone has watched but it follows a teen who is autistic and his family as he tries to have his own life and become independent.  It looks like there will be a season four and can’t wait!  Another show I watched the entire run of was Gavin and Stacey on Hulu.  It was expiring soon and I’d been meaning to watch it for awhile now.  Didn’t love it as much as Atypical but still great and I even watched the Christmas special from 2019.  THAT ENDING?!  I unfortunately didn’t get to The Farewell so I’ll have to request that one again later. I’m hoping to watch Hunters this weekend, another show I’ve been looking forward to.

I did read one book, my interlibrary loan The Plucker by Brom.  Based on the story it seems to follow some African folk tales of sort though I’m not sure if that is also made up or actually true (I’m not familiar with many tales from other countries yet though they are on my to get to list!) but for the sake of a quick explanation it is a very dark and disturbing Toy Story like tale. Interesting read!

I did get book mail.  I received Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles and Grown Ups by Emma Jane Unsworth.  Very excited to read both!  I also picked up Jessica Simpson’s bio from the library.  I didn’t read any of The Raven King this week like I planned but as it is Mardi Gras time here and I have no plans in going my hope is to stay in this weekend, save some money, and do a bit of catch up in reading.  I do have five audio books from the library right now and the max I can have is six so I definitely need to get those cleared up because I’m sure more will come in soon as is always the case with my audio requests.  (Audios I currently have:  Caraval by Stephanie Garber (reread for possible review and to continue series), Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (third time listening, hoping for the lessons to stick soon), Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (reread so I can start The Night Country), and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

A reminder that Daph started a Gone Pecan instagram so please give us a follow. You can find us @kiki.daphne Thanks!

What are you reading now?  Listening to?  Watching?  Let me know so I can add more to the list.

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In a Nutshell 02/14/20


We know we’ve been gone for a bit but thought it was time to get back out there and connect with everyone.  Life seems to get in the way of our reading and bookish tendencies so we are going to try to add “check in” posts once a week of what we have been up to all week.  This could be reading, watching tv, or just taking naps because sometimes that is what we might need.

Let’s see what Daph was up to. . .

In the last week I have read:

You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley (review forthcoming)

Hunting Prince Dracula (audio & paperback) by Kerri Maniscalco

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (audio) by JK Rowling

The Grave Robber by Mark Batterson

In the last week I’ve watched:

Late Night (Mindy Kaling & Emma Thompson, Amazon Prime), Mindy and Emma are not in enough things! rating 4.5/5

Harriet (Cynthia Erivo & Leslie Odom, Jr) — my boys and I have been wanting to watch this movie and it was certainly a worthwhile and entertaining movie, keeping us all on the edge of our seats. Very illuminating about Harriet Tubman’s life and the life of a slave and the pre-civil war life in general. Cynthia Erivo was a revelation! Very well deserved Oscar nomination. Also, I didn’t know that Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles was in it & that was a nice surprise! I mean, yes, she was a shrill, racist slaveowner, but she did a great job. 5/5

Last Christmas (Emilia Clarke & Henry Golding) — what a sweet movie. I knew going in what was really going on (because internet) but I was really surprised by the depth of the movie and how much I was moved by these characters. Particularly loved Michelle Yeoh & Emma Thompson’s characters. 4/5

Doctor Who Series 8 (Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman) — I previously got only as far as season 7, so I never met the 12th Doctor so when I introduced my boys to Doctor Who this summer, I was looking forward to getting to this season. I am really enjoying this season, Clara, and Danny. Not finished with the season yet so I’m not going to rate it.

That’s it for me!

So what happened this week?

First, Daph started a Gone Pecan instagram!  Yes, I know we are 5 years behind but if you are so inclined feel free to follow, we’d appreciate your support!  You can find us @kiki.daphne and she will be posting photos of books we are reading, reviewing, or just random stuff – who knows what might pop up on the feed (I’m betting on puppies at some point.)

I finished a series!!  I read the third book of the Truly Devious series A Hand in the Hall by Maureen Johnson.  It was a fun series and I enjoyed the past story line quite a lot.

I read the latest in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, Come Tumbling Down which is about Jack and Jill who are by far my favorites.  God this series is so much fun!  I don’t think it is the last in the series, or at least I hope it isn’t.

I got back to The Raven King which I started last month but abandoned.  As I’ve said approximately 1,000 times I have issues letting go of series and never read the last book of The Raven Cycle so over the last few months I’ve reread the first three books to finally be able to finish the last.  Once I got to it though I needed a break as binging books for me isn’t as easy as a show on Netflix.  I’m hoping to finish it up this weekend and finally move on to Call Down the Hawk so I can start yet another reread of a different series I need to finish – there are A LOT.  You may be seeing a review for this one soon, but don’t hold me to that.

I stopped by the library and picked up my holds.  I still have a couple of library books checked out already and even though I’m TRYING to make myself read books I own to clear out and make room for new ones (or at least get the stacks off the floor) I picked up Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (casting news made me break) and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I’ve had several friends pick this up over the last few years but seeing it pop up again on Jamie’s insta (Perpetual Page Turner) I decided it was time to try it out for myself.  I’m always in for a good cry when reading – note to self DO NOT READ AT WORK.  I also picked up The Farewell (starring Awkafina) to watch.

I caught up on some podcasts!  I listen to a lot of podcasts while I work (it helps drown out coworkers and background noise) and listened to the latest episodes of My Favorite Murder, Lore, The Office Ladies, The Murder Squad, and Do You Need a Ride?.  I also listened to several of Dark Poutine though I’m only about halfway through the entire backlog of their podcast.  Do you have an recs?  Let me know!  I’m always looking for a new one to dive in to.  I’m REALLY excited for Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us which starts next month.

Today is Valentine’s Day and I’ve decided I’m buying myself flowers.  In my entire 37 years I have never gotten flowers from anyone and I’ve decided today I will and I’m getting them for myself because why not?

How was your week?