[A]pril TBR

Happy first day of April  and Happy Easter to those that celebrate.

Today is also the first day of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I’m not sure what year this is for me, but I know I’ve participated in some form or fashion over the last 6 years; be it here or my creative writing blog, or my personal blog.

Anyway, I’m at it again this year. Right here and my creative writing blog, The Ink Slinger (although I haven’t slung much ink). And, without further adieu let’s jump into today’s post.

Some might call this cheating, but umm, I say it falls within the parameters of the challenge. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Set in Other Countries

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is

Books That Take Place In Another Country

I love this type of topic because it give me an opportunity to rummage through my shelves and see how inclusive and diverse my bookshelves are. And it is slightly dangerous because then I get to say I need more diversity, which then puts me on a quest to find more books.

Man, the struggle is real.


  1. The Bat by Jo Nesbo is his first novel with Inspector Harry Hole and takes place in Australia.
  2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is her autobiography and coming-of-age story. It takes us from Tehran during the Islamic Revolution to Vienna, Austria.
  3. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is a book I’m eager to get back to. It takes place not only in United States but starts out in Ghana. The novel traces 300 years of Ghanaian half sisters, one a slave in the Americas and the other the wife of an Englishman stationed in Ghana.

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Weekend Coffee Share 2.25.18 ☕️

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! Come on in. I can’t believe the last Coffee Share post was in January, but to be perfectly honest with you not a lot has happened.

If we were having coffee. . .

I’d start with the bad news first. My aunt passed away a few weeks ago and my dad and I drove to Cincinnati for the Home Going service. As expected there were a lot of tears but it was definitely a celebration of a life lived well. And even under the circumstances it was great to see family I don’t get an opportunity to see regularly and meet the newer members of the family.

My cousin Guenada, my aunt’s daughter, and I are super close and for as long as we can remember people have always thought we were twins. Not sure why. Her father-in-law even approached me thinking I was here. What do you think? Continue reading

[Book Chat] The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Title: The Hazel Wood
Author: Melissa Albert
Format: Hardback, 355 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fantasy
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: January 30, 2018

[Read | Skim] [Buy | Borrow]

Originally I had given The Hazel Wood 5 stars, but after thinking about it for a few days I have to downgrade it to a 3.5.

It’s a super quick read, but I will tell you there are a few bits that were a slog to get through. The Hazel Wood is Melissa Albert’s début novel and is being billed as book 1 of a series. If this is the case her first foray is quite good.

What Popped: There were lots of plot twists, which kept me on my toes. Continue reading

Tsundoku Bingo Spring 2018

It’s time for the Spring Tsundoku Bingo. If you joined in for the Winter Tsundoku Bingo, I hope you had fun and were able to knock some of those books of your TBR pile. I would love to see you read and for what category. Please feel free to share, so that I may add some more books to my reading list.

You don’t need a blog to join in the reading fun. If you plan on doing the challenge just say so in the comments.

The Rules:

♦ There will be a new bingo board every quarter: April/May/June

♦ You know how bingo works – get 5 across, horizontal, or diagonal or if you want just work your way through the board during the quarter. The FREE SPACE bookworm is your opportunity to choose any book you want to read.

♦ Sorry, you can’t use the same book for multiple squares

♦ And yes the books you read for Tsundoku bingo can overlap with other reading challenges