To Read: March Edition


It’s March. Which means March Madness. Which means my boyfriend will be glued to the television for an insane amount of time watching college kids play with basketballs. Which means that I will have SO MUCH TIME for book reading this month. Which means I’m doing my happy dance over here.

And this month I’ve got some books that I’ve been really looking forward to cracking open. Another from my new favorite Mary Kubica. Another from my other new favorite Lisa Gardner. And another World War II saga. Because I can’t get enough of any of those. And also because the library finally decided they would loan each of them to me after a stupid long time. Po-tate-oh, po-taht-oh. Let’s get to it.

Pretty Baby: Heidi Wood spots a seemingly homeless girl and her infant daughter on Chicago’s “El” and can’t shake them from her mind. She works to befriend the girl, but what she learns as their relationship grows could put her and her family in danger. Mystery and intrigue, FTW.

Lilac Girls: This story follows three girls from three very different walks of life as they navigate through Hitler’s tumultuous Germany. The ad copy for the book likens it to The Nightengale, another WWII-era novel that I think I’ve decided is my favorite book of all time. So, I’m a little excited about this one, to say the very least.

Fear Nothing: It’s taken me almost 11 weeks to get this 8th installment of the D.D. Warren series and I’m beyond excited to break into it. A new serial killer is roaming around Boston and it’s up to D.D. to make sense of everything. But, as per usual, the obstacles are stacked against her and it isn’t going to be easy. I can’t wait to see you soon, D.D.!

Happy reading!

To Read: February Edition



We’re in the throes of winter up here in Chicago. The days are getting longer, but they’re not long yet. You can still see a sliver of sunshine when you leave the office, but night will have fallen before your bus completes the 20-minute journey home. The sun manages to peek through the clouds some days, but the snow still has a mind of its own. (I love the snow though, so I won’t complain about that one.) You’ve worn out your entire collection of sweaters, but you can’t fathom walking outside with any sliver of skin exposed. Despite all of the less than glamorous aspects of the late-January (almost-February) Chicago winter, there’s nothing better than hanging around the house in your not-for-public-viewing (aka kind of grungy) grandma sweats with a book in hand and the snow making a scene outside the window. And maybe some hot chocolate with the tiny marshmallows. Because the tiny marshmallows are the best.

For February, I’ve got a few more books from my long-term Holds lists in my queue and I’m excited to finally get to dive into these beauties. So grab your own book and mug of hot chocolate and let’s get to this. Happy reading, folks!

The Dollhouse: This is one of the “days of yore” novels that I love to dive into–getting lost in the golden days when life was a little slower and fashion was a little fancier. This is a two-part story about a young girl’s life in an NYC hotel in 1952 and a current-day reporter trying to uncover just what happened inside those walls so many years ago. Mystery, intrigue and a little bit of glamour? I’m sold!

Don’t You Cry: I placed a hold on this thriller the minute I finished Mary Kubica’s second novel, The Good Girl. This is a story of a young woman vanished, a young man crushing and a best friend left wondering. If it’s anything like The Good Girl, I know I’m in for quite a treat.

You Are a Badass: Because sometimes you just need to be reminded that you are, indeed, a badass. This one was recommended to me by a friend who just finished it (and subsequently landed quite the dream job). I ponied up and bought it (shocking, I know!) so I can notate the heck out of it and be the best badass I can be.

That’s all for this month, folks. Until next time!

To Read: January Edition


Hey guys! Finally back on the bandwagon! After a shamingly long time (and one forgotten password later), we are back to rocking and rolling! This month (or really these last two weeks of the month), I’m finally hoping to tackle two books that I’ve had on my library Holds list since before Christmas. And the weather is looking promisingly awful this weekend, so I’m hoping for lots of cozy couch time. And lots of reading snacks. Because those are sometimes definitely the best part. Happy reading, folks!

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica: I’ve been on a massive mystery kick lately, so I’m excited to dive into this thriller about a girl who goes missing and the family secrets that begin to emerge in her absence. It looks dark and twisted and right up my alley.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett: In a stark contrast to the grisly murder mysteries I’ve been enthralled with over the past few months, this crazy convoluted story of two families forced to merge and mingle after a fateful christening party promises to be both hilarious and heartbreaking.

Until next time!

To Read: September Edition


Confession: I didn’t make it through July’s list. That’s the problem with relying on the public library to supply your e-books… It takes a while. And as it tends to happen, I’ve been on the waiting list for these books for three months and all of them have become available in the past two weeks. Needless to say… I’ve got some work to do. Happy reading!

The Girls by Emma Cline :  This novel, loosely based on the Charles Manson phenomenon, promises to be creepy yet seductive, a lot like Manson himself. As someone who listens to probably too many true crime podcasts, I can’t wait to dive into this one.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub : A story about college friends moving through life together, this one hits home for all of us that are watching our adolescent relationships blossom and change as get older.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler : Another “coming of age” novel, this one follows one girl’s journey into terrifying and exhilarating adulthood in NYC. I’m excited to break into this one as I try to navigate an adulthood journey of my own in Chicago.

The After Party by Anton DiSclafani : This is story of friendship, money and love, not in any particular order. The setting is the rich and elusive world of 1950s Texas socialites and the mystery is the secrets that everyone carries with them – a promising premise indeed.

To Read: July Edition

It’s officially summertime here in Chicago. The days are long and the heat is up and I’m going to be filling my July with fun, easy beach reads. I’ve never lived this close to a beach before (hey Lake Michigan!), so I’m excited to pack up some snacks, a mini bottle of wine (shhh) and a good book and spend a few hours each week lounging in the sun. If I’m being honest, I’ll read the majority of these on my iPad because 1) my bookshelves are stuffed to the gills and I’m being threatened with divorce if I try to cram any more in them and 2) e-checking out library books is MUCH more convenient than actually trudging all the way to the library. Plus, it’s a little bit like Christmas when you wake up to an email that one of your “On-Hold” books is ready for download! However you plan on reading your books this summer, make sure you check out (or buy or borrow) these four titles. Continue reading →