Book Review: The Girl Without Skin

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book I have ever read that has been translated.  While reading this book I could tell it had been translated as some parts didn’t quite make sense, but, it did not detract away from this book.  There are a lot of Greenlandic names as this book takes place in Nuuk, Greenland.  Those names took some getting used to and by the end of the book they were a breeze!

The story begins with Matthew Cave, a journalist who has sought out a new life in Nuuk; one where he doesn’t have to remember his pregnant wife.  He gets called to go out and report on the uncovering of a Norseman (pre-Viking) mummy.  Little does he know what he is about to stumble upon.

Slight spoiler alert: the mummy is not that of a Norseman, but of a recent murder.

Trigger warning.This book details sexual abuse in young girls.  As the story progresses we find a link to this mummy and a few unsolved murders from years ago.  Matthew meets Tupaarnaq, a young woman accused of killing her family (her time was served in prison), and together they dig deeper in to what is really going on.  The mummy disappears and another is murdered as Matthew starts to investigate.  The story begins to be told in 1973 and present day (2014) as Matthew believes the current murders are connected to the disappearance of police officer Jakob Pederson and a sex abuse ring he was investigating.  I won’t delve any deeper as I don’t want to ruin the book for you!

Overall, I am giving this book a solid 4-star rating.  It is a true Scandi crime novel and an alluring one at that.  I could not put this down.  Nordbo does a beautiful job at painting amazing details in the surrounding environment in this book as well, I felt as if I was in Greenland myself.  I did predict the ending of the book, however, there is enough action going on to keep you happy even with the predictability.  If you are a fan of crime novels this is a must read for you!  The Kindle edition is out now and the paperback version will be released on June 11, 2019!


Title: The Girl Without Skin

Author: Mads Peder Nordbo

Translator: Charlotte Barslund

Publisher: Text Publishing Company

Release Date: Kindle Edition- October 1, 2018

Paperback Edition- June 11, 2019


IBSN-10: 1925603830



Book Review: Slay Bells

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review. I apologize for the late holiday review (yes, I finished this in 2018), but, I’m still watching Hallmark Christmas movies.  I love the holidays!

This was my first cozy mystery read.  I will warn you right now, I am apparently not a cozy mystery genre fan.  I found this book to be too cheesy at times and lacked some substance for me.  However, I can look past what makes a cozy mystery a cozy mystery and provide an honest review about the overall writing. 

Despite all the cheesiness, I was hooked in to this book.  The premise is a troupe of performers stay at Plum Cottage while they perform nightly during the Christmas Festival in Christmas Village.  There are a lot of characters introduced in the beginning, to the point where it’s overwhelming, and are quite eccentric.  Mrs. Claus helps her friend who owns Plum Cottage and suddenly one of the troupe members is murdered.

What intrigued me was how the murder happened and who did it.  I could not forecast how exactly the murder happened nor could I figure out who did it (until much later in the book).  A second murder also occurs which is also as equally puzzling as the first; this is why I kept reading.

The premise of the murders was so mind boggling that I ignore the cheesiness of the book just to figure out how they were committed.  Mrs. Claus has a lot to do with solving the murders, which is something that is a bit bizarre.  And yes, there are references to her husband who is very busy this time of year, along with her pet ferrets, coincidentally named after famous reindeer.  I would have preferred a more realistic storyline instead of a happier, light one, but, to each their own.

I will say I was shocked with how both murders were committed.  I was not surprised at who did it, the author alludes to who did it as the book progresses.  However, those murders!  I really could not figure out in my head how they were committed and just wow.  The first body is found in the snow with no footprints around it.  I will say that how the murder occurred is revealed at the very end and blew my mind.  The second murder is crazy in its own right as well.  If not for the uniqueness of these murders, I doubt I would have kept reading.

Overall, I would rate this book 3.5 stars (which ultimately rounds up to 4 stars on Goodreads and Amazon).  I would recommend this book if you’re into a puzzling murder case around Christmas time and can look past an overly cheesy barrage of characters and storyline.  If you know you do not like cozy mysteries, don’t pick this book up.  If you are curious, go ahead and try it, just know that I warned you.



Title: Slay Bells: A Christmas Village Mystery

Author: T.C. Wescott

Publisher: Better Mousetrap Books

Release Date: November 23, 2018

ISBN-10: 1732135819

Quick Link To Amazon Here

Book Review: An Anonymous Girl

This review was previous published over at Book In The Bag Blog where I guest write a review every Thursday!  I wanted to start 2019 off with a bang and what better way than with my review of An Anonymous Girl??

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this advance copy in exchange for my honest review!  This book officially comes out on January 8, 2019, pre-order it today!

As soon as I heard Hendricks and Pekkanen were penning another novel I could not wait to get my hands on it.  The Wife Between Us blew me away (by the way, go get that book NOW if you haven’t read it) and I could not wait to see what else could come out of their 2 minds.  I was not let down.

The story is about a young woman who ends up in a research study to make some extra money.  The research is all about morals and ethics and is put together by a professor at a local, well known university, who should probably have her own morals and ethics checked out.

This psychological thriller is told by Jessica, the young woman, and Dr. Shields, the professor.  They alternate chapters so it gives us a unique perspective and keeps up guessing throughout the novel.  Just when you think this is going to be a predictable read, it’s not.  There are not many twists and turns but enough to keep you interested.  As we get further in to the book the characters grow and show us sides to them you just cannot predict to see.  The book really picks up in the second half after the stage has been fully set.

I will say I was a little let down with the ending.  I expected it to end with some big bang and it just fell flat for me.  It felt rushed at the end and it just, ended.  I did not get the closure I would have liked; however, it does let you know what happens with the relationship Jessica and Dr. Shields have.  I would have like just a little bit more at the end to satisfy myself.

I am giving this book 4 stars.  It keeps you going and guessing.  I did think I had the book figured out before I got to the halfway point.  That’s where the book really picks up and has left you with enough little pieces you have to read to see how they all fit together.  I will say, Greer and Pekkanen sure do have some twisted minds!  I hope they collaborate yet again, these ladies know how to throw you for a loop!  Have you read either of their books??  Let me know if you’ve read either book or if you’re looking forward to this one!


Title: An Anonymous Girl

Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: January 8, 2019

ISBN: 1250133734

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My Top 5 Kindle Books To Read In 2019!

So yesterday I discussed my top 5 physical books I am going to read in 2019, today it is all about my Kindle!  I have decided to start a top 5 collection on my Kindle Paperwhite so I can stay organized and focused with what I want to read next!  So let’s take a look at what I have coming in store for me in 2019!




I love my Kindle Paperwhite but it sure doesn’t make for pretty pictures!  Moving on…

Book One: Cold Day In The Sun by Sara Biren

I am a Netgalley user and if you read ebooks I highly suggest you join this site!  Cold Day In The Sun comes out on March 12, 2019 and I am looking forward to this advance read!

Book Two: Identity Crisis by Eliza Watson

You may recognize this book from when I went through 10 Want To Read books on my Goodreads shelf.  I decided to finally pull this book up and read it in 2019!

Book Three: The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman

Another Netgalley advance read, this one coming out on February 5, 2019!

Book Four: Birdbox by Josh Malerman

This book is EVERYWHERE on social media right now!  Amazon had a sale on this for $2.99 so how could I pass this up?!  I look forward to viewing this movie on Netflix shortly after I read it!

Book Five (and I guess Six): The Advocate and The Fifth Juror by Lori Lacefield

Fun fact: I won a giveaway from her where I won a Kindle Paperwhite and ended up receiving a $100 Amazon gift card to buy some ebooks!  I have not read her books yet and I can’t wait to dive in!  I bought her two books as a box set and that’s the last time I’ll do that on Amazon; I can’t separate them!  Ugh!  Oh well, I’ll just have to read them both back to back!


I know a lot of people do a monthly TBR but this way helps me stay focused and not be overwhelmed.  I have my list of 10 books ready to go into 2019 with!  I will read them as I read them and I won’t stress about it!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I will catch you in 2019!

My Top 5 Physical Books To Read In 2019!

I have decided to get my reading on track with laying out the first 10 books I will read in 2019!  I have decided to go with 5 physical books and 5 ebooks from my Kindle.  This post will highlight the first 5 physical books I will be reading!  I will be happy to cross off 10 books from my TBR list, that is for sure!!  (Even though we all know I’ll be continuously adding to it, haha.)



These books are in no particular order and who knows in which order I will read them.  You can come back here to find my review of them once I do read them!  So in no particular order let’s find out how I came across each book!


Book One: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Thank you Amazon.  They had a flash sale on this book so I quickly picked it up for the amazing price of $4.88.  I am in an amazing reading group on Facebook and it seems like everyone on there is reading this book, making me even more exciting to read this book!


Book Two: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

#BookMail I received this advance reader copy in the mail and I cannot wait to read it and then let you all know about it before it is released on February 5, 2019!


Book Three: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Penguin Random House for the advance reader copy of this novel. This book officially goes on sale on February 19, 2019 so again, I will be reading and reviewing this before its official release date!


Book Four: A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Would you believe me if I told you I won this from a Goodreads giveaway?  This just proves to go ahead and enter any contest of a book you are interested in, you never know if you’ll win!  This also happens to be an advance copy and will officially be released March 5, 2019!


Book Five: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

I really want to watch the Netflix movie.  I *LOVE* reading a book and then watching a movie.  I got this gem off of eBay through a non profit organization called More Than Words.  It arrived in GREAT shape and I cannot wait to read this baby and then settle in for a Netflix and chill night!


What are your top 5 books lined up to read in 2019?  Any of these?  Let me know what else I should add to my list and if you’re excited for any of these books too!




Cleaning My TBR Shelf!

This post is inspired by Bree’s In Love & Words (which was inspired by Ally’s series which was inspired by Lia at Lost In A Story).

This is what you do:

  1. Go to your Goodreads account and check out your Want To Read shelf.
  2. Order by ascending date added (triangle should be facing up next to date added).
  3. Take the first 5 or 10 books from the list and read their synopsis!
  4. Decide: should it stay or should it go?

I would like to point out that I rarely visit my Goodreads Want To Read shelf.  It is currently 276 books deep.  I just started using Goodreads this year as well so my Want To Read shelf is filled with recently added books.  I use my Amazon Wish List more for books I want to read (but Amazon does not have this fun feature on its lists).  My Goodreads Want To Read shelf is filled more with books I have entered to win a giveaway for.  But still, it needs to be cleaned up!  So let’s have a look at my top 10 on my list!!!



Book One: Shopping For A Billionaire’s Baby by Julia Kent


Synopsis from Goodreads: You know what’s even better than marrying a billionaire? Having his baby.

We’re ready. We’ve studied and planned, read all the birth and labor books, researched parenting classes, consulted our schedules, and it’s time.

And by we I mean me.

Average Rating: 4.59

Date Added to Want To Read: April 20, 2018

Will it stay or will it go: STAY!

Comments: I cut the synopsis short, it was pretty long.  With its high review on Goodreads and FUN read of a synopsis, this is definitely staying on my TBR list!



Book Two: The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen


Synopsis from Goodreads: The 1950s vintage ocean liner Queen Isabella is making her final voyage before heading to the scrapyard. For the guests on board, among them Christine Thorne, a former journalist turned Maine farmer, it’s a chance to experience the bygone mid-20th century era of decadent luxury cruising, complete with fine dining, classic highballs, string quartets, and sophisticated jazz. Smoking is allowed but not cell phones–or children, for that matter. The Isabella sets sail from Long Beach, CA into calm seas on a two-week retro cruise to Hawaii and back.

But this is the second decade of an uncertain new millennium, not the sunny, heedless fifties, and certain disquieting signs of strife and malfunction above and below decks intrude on the festivities. Down in the main galley, Mick Szabo, a battle-weary Hungarian executive sous-chef, watches escalating tensions among the crew. Meanwhile, Miriam Koslow, an elderly Israeli violinist with the Sabra Quartet, becomes increasingly aware of the age-related vulnerabilities of the ship herself and the cynical corners cut by the cruise ship company, Cabaret.

When a time of crisis begins, Christine, Mick, and Miriam find themselves facing the unknown together in an unexpected and startling test of their characters.

Average Rating: 3.32

Date Added to Want to Read: April 24, 2018

Will it stay or will it go: Going, going, gone!

Comments: Honestly this synopsis does not really appeal to me, the cover does.  I have too many books on my TBR list to keep one just because I like the title and cover.  Off it goes for now!


Book Three: Double Blind by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen


Synopsis from Goodreads: Kendra Michaels, formerly blind and now a hired gun for law enforcement agencies who relies on her razor-sharp powers of observation, is reluctant to help the FBI with the most recent case they’ve brought to her. But then she hears the details: the body was found just blocks away from Kendra’s condo. The young woman was carrying an envelope with Kendra’s name on it, and inside was an SD card with what appears to be an innocuous video of a wedding reception. The woman died trying to get the video to Kendra, but for what purpose? Before Kendra and the FBI can answer that question, the bride is abducted from her suburban home.

And so the hunt is on for a killer whose nightmarish plan is slowly becoming clear. A plan that involves a powerful law firm and a multi-billion dollar corporation. As the body count rises, Kendra joins forces with private investigator Jessie Mercado and agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to stop the plot as it grows ever closer to its terrifying conclusion.

In Double Blind, Iris and Roy Johansen deliver an emotional, gripping new entry in the bestselling Kendra Michaels series.

Average Rating: 4.05

Date Added to Want to Read: May 5, 2018

Will it stay or will it go: Off the list, but hear me out.

Comments: I discovered Iris Johansen this year when I picked up Killer Dreams from a Little Free Library. I. LOVED. IT. I am currently working on collecting her Eve Duncan series to read that one, I have been picking up books here and there and I want to read it in order. This will stay on my list FOR SURE, however, let’s be realistic, it will be awhile before I make it to this one so no sense in having it take up space on my Goodreads list!


Book Four: The Intermission by Elyssa Friedland


Synopsis on Goodreads: Have you ever had a secret so gut-wrenching you couldn’t share it with anyone, not even the person who shares your bed? Told from the alternating perspectives of a husband and wife who both have something to hide, this incisive novel pulls back the curtain on a seemingly-happy marriage, posing the question: how much do we really know–and how much should we want to know–about the people we love the most?

Average Rating: 3.30

Date Added to Want To Read: May 9, 2018

Will it stay or will it go: Stay!

Comments: I cut the synopsis short on here.  I love stories that alternate from 2 perspectives and that was enough to keep this book on my TBR list for me!


Book Five: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer


Synopsis on Goodreads: Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer–madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place–feels her inner world light up. Then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

Average Rating: 3.64

Date Added to Want To Read: June 12, 2018

Will it stay or will it go: Stay!

Comments: There was a point in time when this book was all over my social media feed.  Some people loved it and some people meh’ed it.  I’m still interested enough to keep it on my TBR list!


Book Six: Cold November Rain by Nicole Warren


Synopsis on Goodreads: After being widowed, Charlotte moved on quickly—and suffered dire consequences as a result. By shutting herself off from the world, she fights to hide from the past, all the while fearing that danger could still lurk in the present.

Before long, however, Charlotte is forced out of her cocoon and soon falls into the arms of Emmett, a man full of love and joy. His patience helps her come out of her shell, and she finally risks her heart to love again, though she is still haunted by scars that must remain hidden.

When Charlotte comes face-to-face with her past and her heart is forced to brave the truth, will those secrets be her final undoing or the key to her future?

Average Rating: 3.52

Date Added to Want To Read: July 7, 2018

Will it stay or will it go: It’s going to go away for now…

Comments: Sure, this book sounds interesting but in the grand scheme of things, why crowd my TBR list with books I’m just interested in.  I want books to pop out at me and make me excited and I just don’t get that with this one.


Book Seven: Digging In by Loretta Nyhan


Synopsis on Goodreads: Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade—and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she’s been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun with weeds, and she’s at risk of losing her job. As Paige stares at her neglected lawn, she knows she’s hit rock bottom. So she does something entirely unexpected: she begins to dig.

As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. The neighbors in her tidy gated community are more than a little alarmed. Paige knows nothing about gardening, and she’s boldly flouting neighborhood-association bylaws. But with the help of new friends, a charming local cop, and the transformative power of the soil, Paige starts to see potential in the chaos of her life. Something big is beginning to take root—both in her garden and in herself.

Average Rating: 3.79

Date Added to Want To Read: July 11, 2018

Will it stay or will it go: Yeah, this is a big see ya later for me.

Comments: Why this was added to my want to read shelf I do not know.  If this book came across my lap I would read it, but, I’m not going to seek it out.


Book Eight: Jar Of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier


Synopsis on Goodreads: This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years . . .

Average Rating: 4.12

Date Added to Want To Read: July 31, 2018

Will it stay or will it go: STAY! STAY! STAY!

Comments: The synopsis is massively long on Goodreads so I just kept the opening line…and that is enough to hook me in.  The description of this book is just astounding, it sounds like a page turning thriller!  I need this book in my possession ASAP!


Book Nine: Identity Crisis by Eliza Watson


Synopsis on Goodreads: When Olivia Doyle’s father dies under suspicious circumstances, rather than inheriting a family fortune, she inherits a new identity. She learns they were placed in the Federal Witness Security Program when she was five years old. Her father was involved in an art forgery ring and testified against the mob. Brought up not to trust anyone, Olivia has a difficult time relying on U.S. Marshal Ethan Ryder to protect her, and to keep her secret. She fears her father may have continued his life of crime through her art gallery. She has little choice but to depend on Ethan when she realizes someone is now after her. Olivia’s search for the truth leads her and Ethan across the country to a family and a past she doesn’t remember.

At the age of ten, Ethan witnessed a brutal murder. He vowed that when he grew up, he’d protect people in danger. Protecting Olivia is difficult when she won’t trust him. He soon realizes his desire to protect her goes beyond doing his job, but if his judgment becomes clouded by emotions, her safety could be jeopardized.

Can Ethan and Olivia learn to trust each other when they uncover secrets that will change their lives forever?

*This book was originally published under the name Eliza Daly.

Average Rating: 4.34

Date Added to Want To Read: August 9, 2018

Will it stay or will it go: STAY! I own the book!!

Comments: I actually pre-ordered this title for my Kindle a month before it was released.  What this tells me is this book got lost in my huge Kindle library and I need to reorganize all my books in there!  Look for me to read this in early 2019!


Book Ten: Adequate Yearly Progress by Roxanna Elden


Synopsis on Goodreads: A workplace novel that captures teaching with humor, insight, and heart. This perspective-hopping debut follows teachers at an urban high school as their professional lives impact their personal lives and vice versa.

Each year brings familiar educational challenges to Brae Hill Valley, a struggling high school in one of Texas’s bigger cities. But the school’s teachers face plenty of challenges of their own. English teacher Lena Wright, a spoken-word poet with a deep love for her roots, can never seem to satisfy her students that she’s for real. Hernan D. Hernandez is confident in front of his biology classes, yet tongue-tied around the woman he most wants to impress: namely, Lena. Down the hall, math teacher Maybelline Galang focuses on the numbers as she blocks out problems whose solutions aren’t so clear, while Coach Ray hustles his football team toward another winning season, at least on the field. Recording it all is idealistic history teacher Kaytee Mahoney, whose blog gains new readers by the day but drifts ever further from her in-class reality.

And this year, a new celebrity superintendent is determined to leave his own mark on the school—even if that means shutting the whole place down. The fallout will shake up the teachers’ lives both inside and outside the classroom.

Average Rating: 3.94

Date Added to Want To Read: August 10, 2018

Will it stay or will it go: STAY!

Comments: I am a teacher so this book will be staying on my TBR list.  I have a feeling this book would crack me up!


Well, that’s it for my first 10 Goodread Want To Read books!  Do you think I made good decisions?  Let me know if you would have kept or gotten rid of the ones I did too!  It feels good to clean up my TBR list a little bit before the new year!!  Let me know if you have done the same!

Great, Cheap Christmas Gifts Find!



I am going to let you guys in on my book buying secret…DOLLAR TREE!  Yes, each of these books was only $1!!!!  What I love the most about Dollar Tree finds are that every time I walk in to a Dollar Tree, there are new books to be found!

Ok…I will admit, only *ONE* book in this picture is for someone else…the rest are a gift for me!  Hopefully he doesn’t see this post, but, Greenpeace Captain is going to my brother this Christmas!  Maybe I will wrap up a few of these and put them under the tree and act like Santa surprised ME!

Do you shop for books at Dollar Tree?  Have you ever had great finds?  Are you heading there now for a last minute gift?  Let me know!!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! I recently decided to start my own personal reading blog. I have found myself reading just TOO much and I need to get what I am reading out and into your world’s faster than I was previously able to! So, here I am!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


I’m keeping that cheesy WordPress quote a picture, I’m digging it!  But, I want to discuss the start of my journey on this blog so I am going to do something I have NEVER done before; commit to a reading challenge!

Commit with me!

I have decided to go ahead and do the 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge!  Interested? Here’s what it entails (and no, I’m not doing the advanced part):



You can find more of the details here:

You can get yourself a printable copy of this list at the link I shared above.  I already have one book in my possession ready to go and that’s a book being turned into a movie.  For that I will be reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.  I snagged a copy when Amazon had a flash sale going on!  Please send me your recommendations on what I should read and accept this challenge with me!  It will be FUN!  Comment to let me know you’re in and what we should read, maybe we can even start a buddy read!  I can’t wait!