Book Review: resilient by Katherine Turner

Have you ever started a book and been completely captivated from the very first page? Or even the first line? Have you ever started reading, and suddenly, you’ve read more than half the book in one sitting? I know it’s probably happened to many people from my generation. We grew up with the Harry Potter … Continue reading Book Review: resilient by Katherine Turner

Finding Annie by Katherine Turner

TW: mention of sexual assault/rape Earlier this year, I read Finding Annie by Katherine Turner, who is a friend and client. I had the privilege of working on Finding Annie in 2019, and reading it again for pleasure was a much different experience than reading it for work. I wrote the review below at the … Continue reading Finding Annie by Katherine Turner

Book Review: Dear Professor by Donna Freitas

Note: I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley and am leaving this review voluntarily. Dear Professor by Donna Freitas is a quick read. I finished the book in a single sitting, lasting less than an hour, and instantly sent a recommendation to a friend for her to read this book as … Continue reading Book Review: Dear Professor by Donna Freitas

Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Many of you know that I am a work-from-home, stay-at-home mother of toddlers. As such, it isn’t often that I’m able to read a book quickly, but rather in short twenty-minutes-here, an-hour-there bursts. However, for The Help by Kathryn Stockett, the Fates aligned perfectly. My kids were happy to play with Legos, and I devoured … Continue reading Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Lifetime Reading List: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Since I began increasing my social media activity two years ago (namely, on Twitter), one of the books I’ve seen most often debated, discussed, praised, and criticized is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’d been hesitant to read The Handmaid’s Tale because I like to read for pleasure, not to get angry, and rage … Continue reading Lifetime Reading List: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

“Let Them Grumble”

If you know me, you know that I am a complete and total Tudorphile. Both of my kids are named after Tudor figures, and the person from history I’d most like to have a conversation with is Anne Boleyn. So, in a way, it’s only fitting that when I was dealing with a vexing situation … Continue reading “Let Them Grumble”

Judging a Book by Its Title, Part 1: Letters to Putin

I always like to promote my fellow indie authors, and one that I find myself promoting more than any other is Joshua T. Crowley. His book, Letters to Putin, was a healing reading experience for me because it features the story of his childhood with a narcissistic parent – a childhood that, at times, mirrored … Continue reading Judging a Book by Its Title, Part 1: Letters to Putin

The Reprieve Reading Provided Me

It’s been a tough two-and-a-half years at the Castetter House. Since my husband lost his job in 2017 right after our son was born (he was six weeks old), it’s been a battle every paycheck to make ends meet. We almost lost our house in the middle of it, but as I type this, my … Continue reading The Reprieve Reading Provided Me

Thank You, Judith Arnopp

There are four books by Judith Arnopp that have completely redefined how I view motherhood. The Kiss of the Concubine, a novel of Anne Boleyn, and The Beaufort Chronicles trilogy, detailing the life of Margaret Beaufort, matriarch of the Tudor dynasty. I read all of these books shortly after my son was born, and am … Continue reading Thank You, Judith Arnopp

Book Review: Letters to Putin

Since I was a teenager, I’ve enjoyed reading stories written by survivors of child abuse. In such tales, I find equal parts strength and encouragement, as I am a survivor, too. Letters to Putin by Joshua T. Crowley, however, was remarkably different – this book validated my own experience in many indescribable ways. I cannot … Continue reading Book Review: Letters to Putin