TBR & JUNE READING PLANS: The Stuck At Home Book Tag

Almost three months later, the stay at home life is still going strong for this blogger. I’ve been home since the second week of March, having finished my last undergraduate semester online and since then, working remotely from home and taking remote grad school courses. Although I have started to venture into the world more with each month – picture socially distant walks and outdoor hang-outs with friends- I admit that one silver lining to having less travel time and more home time is all the added reading time.

Alexandria of Reading by Starlight tagged me to do the Stuck at Home Book Tag, created by Ellen of allonsythornraxx. 

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently re-reading Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and reading Kathryn Ormsbee’s The Sullivan Sisters for review.

What’s your favorite ‘can’t-leave-the-house’ activity?

Besides reading, I have been doing a lot of binge-watching (PSA to leave me some TV/movie recs in the comments). Stalking the ‘Latest’ page on Netflix has become a new hobby for me. My favorite shows have been:

  • Workin’ Moms (Netflix)
  • Beauty and the Baker (the Israeli version on Amazon Prime)
  • Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  • You (Netflix)
  • Selling Sunset (Netflix) 
  • Schitt’s Creek (PopTV/Neftlix)
  • Below Deck (Bravo)
  • Outdaughtered (TLC) 
  • The Morning Show (Apple TV) 
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • Ben Platt Live from Radio City (Netflix)

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WAS IT WORTH THE HYPE? : Where the Crawdads Sing Review

Summary (from the publisher):wherec

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.



My Rating: 4/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

The hype for Where the Crawdads Sing finally got me.

Two of my friends had recently read Where the Crawdads Sing and told me I absolutely had to read it. One of them definitely got me by allowing me to borrow her copy. Since the library has been closed and I’m lacking in the physical books department, I took her up on her offer. Previously, Where the Crawdads Sing never really interested me. I had seen it on nearly every best-sellers and recommendations list since 2018. But there was something about the synopsis that never grabbed my attention. Some of my friends on Goodreads had mixed reviews, while I had also recently listened to an episode of Bad on Paper, where co-host Becca (who typically has reading tastes similar to me) said she did not understand the hype for it while co-host Grace loved it. Although I didn’t LOVE it like so many other readers, I did really enjoy Where the Crawdads Sing and do understand the hype. In short, this book has such a sad story, but there’s still this sense of hope and optimis that makes you hold out for the characters and want to know more.Read More »

Gravity is Heartless Q&A with Author Sarah Lahey

Summer 2020 is filled with so many exciting new books. One book on my radar is Sarah Lahey’s first book in her new science-fiction romance series, Gravity Is Heartless. 

I had the opportunity to ask Sarah Lahey a few questions about the book, ranging from her inspirations, Sarah’s sci-fi and romance book recommendations, and how readers can be more environmentally conscious to prevent a world like Gravity Is Heartless from ever occurring.

About Gravity is Heartless:

9781631528729What will the world look like in thirty years’ time? How will humanity survive the oncoming effects of climate change? Set in the near future and inspired by the world around us, Gravity Is Heartless is a romantic adventure that imagines a world on the cusp of climate catastrophe.
The year is 2050: automated cities, vehicles, and homes are now standard, artificial Intelligence, CRISPR gene editing, and quantum computing have become a reality, and climate change is in full swing—sea levels are rising, clouds have disappeared, and the planet is heating up.
Quinn Buyers is a climate scientist who’d rather be studying the clouds than getting ready for her wedding day. But when an unexpected tragedy causes her to lose everything, including her famous scientist mother, she embarks upon a quest for answers that takes her across the globe—and she uncovers friends, loss and love in the most unexpected of places along the way. Gravity Is Heartless is bold, speculative fiction that sheds a hard light on the treatment of our planet even as it offers a breathtaking sense of hope for the future.

newfireborderHi Sarah! Welcome to Fangirl Fury! Can you share a little about yourself and your writing?

I grew up in a house where words mattered, and people read. My father and stepfather were writers and newspaper journalists, and my mother was chief-of-staff at the local newspaper. My parents often worked from home and often from the dining room table, so my brother and two sisters were essentially immersed in a world of words and stories from a very young age. Then, I married a journalist, his friends became my friends and we’re still discussing stories and books, and the fascinating things that people do.

However, I chose a different career; I’ve been an interior designer for over 30 years. But during that time, I wrote a few small romance novels and finished a degree in communication, so writing stayed close. Then, about a decade ago I started teaching and lecturing university students, and I became aware of the importance of sustainable design and the significance of climate change. I started the Heartless Series as a way of exploring these topics in more detail, and science fiction is the perfect way to investigate our concerns about technology and our fears about the future.Read More »