The Girl from Yesterday by: Kathryn Miller Haines

The Girl from Yesterday Publication Date: April 17, 2017

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Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by: Lucy Knisley

Something New

I am still not into graphic novels like a lot of readers are.  However, I love Lucy Knisley’s writing and drawing style.  This is her latest book and it takes us through the year of prepping for her wedding day.

There is a lot DIY-ing and momzilla of the bride moments from this book and it was hilarious.  Her illustrations and coloring are incredible and a pleasure to look at.  I have read a majority of her work and have enjoyed it all.

I gave this book 5 crowns.


The only I graphic novel I enjoyed was Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley.  Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

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The Night the Lights Went Out by: Karen White


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I gave this book 4 crowns.


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Heat by: Bill Buford


Have you ever wondered what went on behind the scenes of a “celebrity” chef’s kitchen?  In this book, Bill takes us to Babbo, a NYC restaurant owned and operated by Mario Batali.  Although, I am not too sure as to how this came about, Bill winds up working in Mario’s kitchen, starting from the bottom and sweating his way through the different stations.  Along the way, he has the opportunity to travel to Italy and learn different techniques and butchering methods.

The story itself was good but it was very wordy.  This book is huge and each page is filled with smallish font.  I did listen to the majority of this book on audio and that kept me from giving up.  I think that if I read it from start to finish, I may not have made it.  This was part memoir, part gossipy, part travelogue, part foodie fascination.

I gave this book 3 crowns.


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Gone Without a Trace by: Mary Torjussen

Gone Without a Trace Publication date: April 18, 2017

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The Roanoke Girls by: Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls



“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran…fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

My Review:

This book was so disturbing but even with that said the writing was good and the story held my attention.  This is not for people who are triggered by  (*spoiler) insest, abuse, promiscuity, alcohol abuse…

I felt like I was reading a VC Andrews book but I read this quicker.  It was a page turner but it was so disturbing in context.  I don’t know how to rate something that was written well but disgusted me.  For now I’m giving it 3 stars.


I received this book from the publishers through in exchange for an honest review.

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Wrap Up


Books Read/Listened to:  16

5 crown reads: 7

4 crown reads: 4

3 crown reads: 2

2 crown reads: 2

And for the first time, I refused to rate a book.  I finished it so it was not considered a DNF book but it was so awful, I could not justify a rating.  I did write a review for it though.

This month my family and I went to a library book sale and 2nd & Charles so the wiggle room that was on my TBR bookcase is no longer there.  I have little self control when it comes to books.  Oh well, it could be worse!

What did you read this month?

Happy Spring and Happy Reading!

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