Shiver By Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.


I received this book some years ago from a Secret Santa. I put off reading it because I’d always heard it was supposed to be an amazing book and I figured I’d want to binge-read the series after that and I was on book-buying ban.

And…that’s not what happened.

The atmosphere is about the only thing that went right with this book. That and the twist on the werewolf story. And the cover. The cover is beautiful. But this story was loaded with enough instalove, forgettable characters, and truly cringeworthy sentences that at times I questioned why I kept reading. I did finish it though. Chalk it up to a combination of curiosity and a desire to see things finished.

I’ve always heard good things about Maggie Stiefvater. I won’t let the disappointment of Shiver keep me from reading some of her other books. I still want to read The Raven Boys and The Scorpio Races.

Even though I didn’t like Shiver, I’m still debating about continuing to read the series or not. Do the other books get better or is Shiver considered to the best? If they get better, I might keep going.




The Rosie Project

By Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.


This book was recommended to me and it was actually one of the most adorable books I’ve read in a long time. Not only was it a fun, fast-paced read, it was pretty funny!

I probably wouldn’t have picked this book for myself if it wasn’t recommended to me. Books that fit squarely in the category of romance or chick lit are not my thing. But I enjoyed this book so much I want to get my hands on the sequel!

This book does have a unique voice because it’s narrated by a man with Aspergers. But I knew that going in and didn’t find his voice bothersome. It only served to make the book funnier, as it was mainly indirect humor through the main character just not understanding things the way someone without Aspergers would.

The romance between Don and Rosie was very cute. I didn’t find it corny or trying, which is my usual reaction if the romance is front and center in a book.

If you liked Something Missing or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, you will definitely enjoy The Rosie Project!



By Leila Meacham

Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town’s founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice and the loss of what might have been–not just for themselves but for their children, and children’s children. With expert, unabashed, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers a hundred years, three generations of Texans and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love.


This was not a book I would have picked for myself on the face of it. This book was chosen for bookclub and I have to say while it wasn’t my favorite, I did end up liking it.

The plot was interesting and kept you turning the pages of this rather thick novel. I found the ending a bit lacking, but the story is really about the characters, particularly Mary and Percy, and how the stories of their families spins out from there.

I didn’t like Mary Toliver very much, especially where the story followed her a young girl. I found Percy much more compelling and it was Percy’s sections alone that caused me to shed a few tears.

The beginning of the book is a little clumsily written, especially around how themes are introduced. The story of the meaning of roses in Howbutker was so awkwardly introduced I had severe misgivings about how the book was going to go. But the story finds its footing after the first hundred pages and the meaning of roses ends up being a nice plot device, rather than the awkward mess it was introduced as.

If you like romance novels, I think you will greatly enjoy this one. I’m not much for romances, but even I enjoyed Roses.

One Day

By David Nicholls

It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another.
Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

Twenty years, two people, one day.


This was a book I held off reading partially because I thought it was going to be amazing and partially because I thought it would break my heart.

It did neither.

I hated Dexter for honestly liked 3/4 of the book. And I didn’t care for Emma, who kept letting herself get dragged into situations she didn’t want to be in and then kept wondering what was happening to her and being depressed about it. Though I guess I should have known what I was in for with her when about 50 pages in Dexter tells her that he thinks she’s afraid to be happy.

We read this as our Valentine’s Day read for book club and geez, what a downer. I might have actually been sad and cried if I could have actually brought myself to care even a little bit about either character and what happens to them. I knew so, so much about them, but I just didn’t care.

I used to be a huge fan of British novels. But I’m pretty sure there’s a stipulation now: British Novels written prior to 1900. It seems the modern thing in British literature is just to cram way too much freakin’ detail into every scrap of the page. This book did this. Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher did this. Even Neil Gaiman does this, but I can forgive him because he’s Neil Gaiman and if anyone was going to pull off this style, it would be him. There’s really a fine line between detailed and so many freakin’ details I want to take my pen and cross out half the page. Why do you need all the “Hullos” “How Are” “What Are You Eating?”. You really, really just do not need it.

Rant over.

The premise was cool though. That’s about the only thing I enjoyed.

The edition I read was the one with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess on it. I could totally see Anne as Emma though in my head I kept hearing the rough and tumble voice of Fiona, Emmy Rossum’s character on ShamelessEmmy also resembles Anne quite a bit so it was just all sorts of confusing. I do think Jim Sturgess would make the perfect Dexter except now I don’t ever want to watch the movie.

Lucky in Love? Or Just Good Grammar? You Be the Judge

Technically, my boyfriend and I didn’t meet on an a dating website. But we were on the same website during the same time period. But we never came up as a match for each other and instead met (again) through friends. My theory about why we never met was that I was super picky (90% match or better or don’t apply) and that we are two extremely different people who happen to get along really, really well. Like, he lets me eat the last piece of bacon well. But we do have one thing in common: we love good grammar.

He’s the smartest person I’ve ever met and he routinely corrects my grammar (you know, the writer’s grammar). So when Grammarly approached me about sharing their infographic about the correlation about grammar and success on a dating website, I knew I had to share this in time for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!





By Kathleen Peacock

Mackenzie Dobson’s life has been turned upside down since she vowed to hunt her best friend Amy’s killer: a white werewolf. Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country, and bloodlust is not easy to control. But it soon becomes clear that dangerous secrets are lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, Mac’s hometown—and she is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her in grave danger.

I received this book via Secret Santa a few years back. I promptly lost the address of the person who sent it to me, so I never sent a thank you! So if you’re reading this and you sent me an ARC of this book (and Shiver I believe), thank you very belatedly!!

I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this book. After Twilight, the market for young adults was so flooded with paranormal romances that I largely stayed away from it, fearing that everything would be a rehash of Twilight and/or just not very good.

I really liked this book. I haven’t read too many werewolf centered books, but it seemed unusual that it was so front and center. I was expecting it to be more of “is there a werewolf out there? werewolves are just fairytales like big foot” and was pleasantly surprised when I found a story reflecting the tales of the Japanese internment camps, where everyone with lupine syndrome is imprisoned for their own good and the good of others.

The story is very fast-paced and engaging. I liked Mac a lot as a heroine…she’s definitely strong and tough and doesn’t need anyone to take care of her. I also liked the love triangle that was set-up, especially at the epilogue.

Looking forward to reading Thornhill which I have on my shelf!

P.S. The author’s last name is Peacock…I really hope that’s her real name and not a pen name, because that’s freakin’ awesome.