• Books,  Reviews

    The Forest of Vanishing Stars

    I finished this book in two days. For me, that's pretty dang quick and usually means forfeiting much-needed hours of sleep and disregarding some of those pesky adult things like laundry or cleaning. This book was really good, like if The Nightingale and Where the Crawdads Sing got together and had a baby, it would be this novel.

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    The Maidens

    The story kept me guessing right up until the reveal at the end, but I was disappointed and let down by the twist and the killer's motivations. It was mentioned in the book how the killer was almost theatrically going for the shock factor with the murders and the way the bodies were positioned. Seems to me that maybe the author was doing the same thing, but it just didn't hold water for me.

  • Books,  Reviews

    Under the Skin

    Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and the Health of Our Nation by Linda VillarosaPublished by: Doubleday BooksPublish Date: June 14, 2022Genre(s): Non-Fiction, Racism, Medical HistoryHB&W Rating: 4View on GoodreadsBuy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository Synopsis In 2018, Linda Villarosa’s New York Times Magazine article on maternal and infant mortality among black mothers and babies in America caused an awakening. Hundreds of studies had previously established a link between racial discrimination and the health of Black Americans, with little progress toward solutions. But Villarosa’s article exposing that a Black woman with a college education is as likely to die or nearly die in childbirth as…

  • Books,  Books, WIPs, + Sips,  Reviews

    The Maid

    The only thing really carrying this story was Molly herself, but that was plenty for me, as I really liked her. For other people, it may not be enough, though. This is not a deep-thinking book. There's no pulse-pounding thrills, nothing too complex, just plain easy reading with a feel-good ending.

  • Books,  Reviews

    The Atlas Six

    I'm not entirely sure what I just read. Like seriously, I finished it a couple of nights ago and I am still left scratching my head on this one.

  • Camping,  Travel,  U.S. Travel

    2022 Spring Break Staycation Part One

    This year, we did a couple of things differently: we went with friends, and we ventured the rugged 6-mile North Loop of the Whispering Pine Trail, complete with THREE creek crossings. I will admit that it was a bit chillier than we were expecting this time of year, and the wind was gusty, but it was still fun.

  • Crochet,  Crochet Tutorials

    Star Stitch Crochet Tutorial

    Hello there! Today, I want to share with you a very pretty stitch called the star stitch! It is an intermediate stitch with a couple of tricky parts, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be cruising along in no time! And like I said, it is a really beautiful stitch and totally worth the effort! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with photo and video support! The star stitch is a stitch pattern using a 2-row repeat, the first row establishing the bottom half of the star stitch and the second half establishing the top half. The bottom halves are formed by single crochet cluster stitches that…

  • Books,  Books, WIPs, + Sips,  Reviews

    I See You

    I have been on a real thriller kick lately, but some of the ones I have read have left me anything but thrilled. The premise of this one sounded super creepy, and wasn't what I was expecting at all!