My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s February 2019 Wrap Up

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall (★★★★)

Somewhat reminiscent of You, Our Kind of Cruelty is told entirely from the male POV, and (spoilers), the boy is not alright. The story’s unreliable narrator is Michael Hayes, who pens the suspenseful tale of how he lost the love of his life, Verity, all while desperately trying to win her back. Written “in a mad spurt of anger at the continued injustices perpetrated against women in our so-called civilized society,” Hall’s compulsively readable thriller will have you screaming about the importance of actually listening to women.

The Favorite Sister by Jessic Knoll (★★★)

I was super excited to dive into The Favorite Sister, which is a murder mystery/thriller that follows the stars of a reality show centered around successful businesswomen. Especially since I had heard such good things about Knoll’s debut novel Luckiest Girl Alive. Unfortunately what I got was frustratingly slow plot, extremely unlikable women with unbelievable secrets, and chapters that are way. Too. Long. Womp womp.

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger (★★★½)

The third book in the Devil Wears Prada series follows fan favorite Emily — as well as two new POVs you’ll care slightly less about — and will have you wondering, “Why is there more than one book again?” This time around the action takes place in the suburbs of Greenwich, Connecticut, and seems to be under the misguided impression that all women only need two things to be happy: a slamming body and offspring. Emily deserved so much better.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s March 2016 Wrap Up

March 2016 Book Wrap Up

The Crown and the Arrow: A Wrath and Dawn Short Story by Renee Ahdieh (★★★★★)

Loved The Wrath and the Dawn? This very short story tells the beginning of the tale from Khalid’s point of view and reminded me exactly why I’ve been beyond excited to read The Rose and the Dagger at the end of April! While not a necessary read, I loved visiting Renee Ahdieh’s beautiful prose again — if only for a little while.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (★★★★)

While the plot of V.E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows is remarkably different from the first book in the series, A Darker Shade of Magic, it was a treat to return to Red London for a brand new and exciting plot centered around an event that is essentially the element Olympics. From magic to intrigue, disguises, secret romances, fancy parties and a sinister plot, AGOS has everything, including one hell of a cliffhanger. [READ FULL REVIEW]

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan (★★★★)

What Reign of Shadows occasionally lacks in nuanced storytelling, it more than makes up for in plot, characters and setting! Set in a world driven into darkness by an eternal eclipse, this Rapunzel retelling is notable for its strong female protagonist and plenty of “where did this even come from?” plot twists. [READ FULL REVIEW]

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BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Explores ‘Truthwitch’ by Susan Dennard

Spines with Wines Book Club Truthwitch

It’s that time again, time for another Spines with Wines live book club, the perfect combination of reading and wine.

Spines With Wines is made up of myself, book blogger/BookTuber Kristin Hackett and illustrator Melissa Kay and involves talking about a pre-selected book while drinking wine. You know, typical book club stuff.

For the month of January we discussed the witchy friendship novel Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January 2016 Bookstagram Wrap Up

What’s just as fun as reading? Taking pictures of the books that you read!

Welcome to Bookstagram, the corner of Instagram where bibliophiles everywhere participate in literary themed photo challenges and share what they’re currently reading.

Last month my January Bookstagram photos included the literal color purple, bookish presents, my latest book haul, puppies and plenty of Spines With Wines action.

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