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Talk About It Thursday: Authors & Readers Book Corner May TBR

Authors & Readers Book Corner shares the May To-Be-Read List.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”
Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.
True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

Bad Men and Wicked Women by Eric Jerome Dickey

As a low-level enforcer in Los Angeles, Ken Swift knows danger, but nowhere does he feel it more than in his tangled romances. Divorced from one woman, in love with another, and wrestling with a strong desire to get to know a third, his life is far from perfect, and it becomes all the more complicated when his troubled daughter resurfaces on the same day as a major job. Margaux is pregnant, bitter, and desperate: she needs $50,000 immediately, and she isn’t above blackmailing Ken to get it. Yet even as the tension-filled father/daughter reunion escalates into a clashing of wills and desires that spread far beyond their family, Ken’s latest contract spirals quickly out of control, and he finds it is not only his daughter looking to seek revenge.


The Chain by Bella Forrest

Alex and his comrades might have escaped the Head’s clutches, but where are they now?








The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Two Spells by Mark Morrison

Sarah and her twin brother Jon are heirs to an ancient magical realm and its most valuable treasure: an enchanted library. The library endows readers with the supernatural means of crossing into the uncharted inner sanctum of the second-dimension, inhabited with peculiar and sometimes perilous creatures. Both children are emboldened with a wondrous, mystical gift that no being has ever possessed before. But fate intervenes and triggers a disastrous war that disrupts the fabric of time and space, spanning multiple universes and tearing destiny a new and savage pathway. The two must rescue their world from a phantom hybrid alien race controlled by the demented dark wizard, Jeremy Sermack. They’ll either assimilate or be exterminated. Will they be the saviors that the prophets envisioned, or will they retreat to the perceived safety of their distant homeland?


Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no plans to return.
In the foothills of the Adirondacks, Roseanna discovers the perfect hideout in a ramshackle farm. Its seventy-six acres are rich with possibilities and full of surprises, including a mother and daughter squatting on the property. Although company is the last thing Roseanna wants, she reluctantly lets them stay.
Roseanna and the young girl begin sculpting junk found around the farm into zoo animals, drawing more newcomers—including her estranged son, Lance. He pleads with Roseanna to return to the city, but she’s finally discovered where she belongs. It may not provide the solitude she originally sought, but her heart has found room for much more.

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April Wrap Up

I read a variety of books in the month of April. The majority were review books that were releasing in the month. My taste for reading has been changing and now I’m really interested in paranormal and fantasy. This surprises me but not be if you notice more of these books in my to-be-read or wrap ups. Let me share the books I completed for this month.

I enjoyed learning more about the Jones family in the second book of the Sullivan’s Crossing series. I did loose track of some of the characters but overall it is a nice story. It does make me want to visit Sullivan’s Crossing because it seems like an ideal places to disappear. Check out my full review for my additional thoughts here.

The Ross’s have to give up on appearances once their daughter, Zoe attends a party. This was a great story for teenagers to learn their actions have consequences and affects everyone in their family. Check out my full review for my additional thoughts here.

In this 2nd book in the Parker Crime series the stakes go up when Abrianna is framed for murder. The action is ongoing and so is the twists and turns.

Teenagers and their secrets get out of hand in this book. The mystery kept me on my toes and the suspense made it an enjoyable ride.

Keke Palmer shares a lot about herself and what she has been through in this entertaining memoir. She is talented and a woman who knows who she is and has the confidence to show it. I loved the way the book was designed and laid out.

The second book in the Spellshadow Manor is even more enjoyable. The characters get into more trouble and more secrets are revealed. I had to get the next book in the series.

This is a wonderful book about a boy named Sam, who is different because of his red eyes. Sam goes through a lot of bullying and people not excepting him. They even call him awful names, but he doesn’t let it change the good hearted person he is.  This is a beautifully written story. Check out my full review for my additional thoughts here.


These are my reads for the month of April. Let me know in the comments what books you read in April. I would to add some to my to-be-read list.


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Talk About It Thursday: March Wrap Up

We have entered April and I’m not sure what I’m going to read, so let me tell you about what I read in March. This is my March Wrap Up.

I started off wanting to read some type of motivational book to get me going for the month and it lead me to Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk along with Vlog Like A Boss by Amy Schmittauer.

Vaynerchuk’s book will give you a kick in the butt with all of the tips, examples and straight forward, no holds barred information. He is like the big brother of tough love when it comes to running a business. The one that is constantly tell you to get off your ass and fight for your dream, business etc. and stop making excuses.  If you have read his book Crush It you want to read this new one.

Amy Schmittauer (now Amy Landino) is a YouTuber that shares tips, tricks and knowledge about running a successful Vlog blog. Schmittauer’ book Vlog Like A Boss shares method of how to run an online vlog as well as business. She is smart, funny and her methods are helpful. She teaches you how to get over your fears, build awareness and how to create engaging videos. Her methods may not be for everyone but they are a starting point.

After self schooling, I decided to check on a bit of paranormal with The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie and A Shade of Blood by Bella Forrest. This was my first time reading Paige McKenzie’s work and I so enjoyed it.

The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl was an interesting book about a girl fighting demons and darks spirits. She can also see ghost and can help them crossover. It reminded of a little The Craft mixed with the Ghost Whispered. I have a full review on this, check it out here.


A Shade of Blood is the third book in the A Shade of Vampire series and is keeping me hostage. This series so far has me wrapped around it’s perfectly bound matted finish. Sofia comes back with the instance of Derek’s sister. They are soon back  face to face and it seems she is the only one that can keep him calm. Derek’s brother is up to trouble and has been hiding. While Ben, Sofia’s best friend is out for blood. Derek will soon find there is a threat coming to the Shade.

Next I tried a psychological thriller called Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts. I’m a sucker for thrillers and it takes a lot to get me hooked and this one didn’t do it. It is supposed to be about Rebecca and Keller from opposites sides of the world that fall in love and then he tries to kill her. The plot got me interested but after i started reading it the book starts off slow and never really picked up for me. I also didn’t connect with any of the characters. I’m sitting it aside to revisit.

The last book I read was light memoir, Lessons From The Prairie by Melissa Francis also know as Cassandra on the show. This was a wonderful book about the lessons she learned and her experiences as a child actress while being cast in Little House on the Prairie. This was one of my favorite shows growing up and it was exciting reading some of the behind the scence stories that took place. I applaud Michael Landon for being not only a creator, director, producer, and actor but also being a teacher. His dedication to keeping the show going and all if them getting a paycheck was nice to read. Melissa has taken every lesson learned from Michael Landon and applied it to her adult life.

These are the books I read in March. I felt I read a variety and only had one I didn’t really care for but will give it a try again. I believe you have to be in the mood for certain genres. I like to give books a second chance and if it doesn’t capture me the second time around then I have to end the relationship.

How do you feel about books you just can’t get into? Do you give them a revisit or do you pitch them? Let me know in the comments.

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Talk About It Thursday: Book Unhauling


It is almost time for Spring cleaning. A time to get rid of the things you don’t want or need to bring in new things. It is the same for clothes, books, appliances etc. Well my books are taking over my living room and since I’m rearranging everything I figured I should unhaul some of my books. As you can see below I’m unhauling a few.

These are just the ones I know I’m not going to read or not read again. I have plenty more to go through but there is no need to rush. I have to say a proper goodbye because these are my babies that I’m allowing another reader to take care of.

What are you getting rid of for Spring? Are you unhauling any of your book babies? Leave a comment and let me know which books your giving up and where you sale them.

*I sale my books to Half Price Books. I also place some books throughout Indianapolis in our share bookshelf (I forgot what they are called).