Goodreads Monday (august)

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. It’s a great way to talk about a book from your TBR list and just kind of show it off.  It’s supposed to be every Monday but I tend to do this post just once a month.  My last Goodreads Monday was a picture book I still haven’t read and in fact, most have been children’s books of some kind, however, today is different. Today I am talking about an adult book, historical fiction to be exact.

Back in 2015, I began reading War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy. As expected it’s a tough read and it was easy to put down. I began taking breaks and reading other books. This caused me to really slow down my progress. About two years in I decided to stick with only children’s books between Tolstoy’s “chapters” and this way I wouldn’t get stuck on anything too long. Hence, it has been a long while since I have read a book not for children and not Russian Literature. I am excited to move on.

Not only is this on my TBR list, but it’s actually at my library right now, on hold waiting for me to pick it up. I choose historical fiction because that seems to be one of my favorite genres. Probably why I was able to enjoy more than half of War & Peace; I’m a history nerd and love learning while reading stories.

Without further ado, here is this month’s Goodreads selection:


Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.

Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.
New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.
An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.
For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.
The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

I have heard mixed reviews about this book but I am very excited to get my hands on it and start a new adventure.

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When I groom dogs sometimes I simply cannot finish a face. I look at the dog and know something is off but I can’t see why. It doesn’t help that this piece of art moves around and doesn’t sit still, no matter what, it really is an art form. Sculpting dog fur on a live canvas is not easy. Neither are words. Sometimes that sentence or plot point feels off, yet you are incapable of knowing exactly why. In both vocations, you have options to deal with this dilemma. Read More


I am a Godzilla fan. I have been since I was a kid. I watched a bunch of b-movies with my dad on Sunday afternoons; westerns, martial arts, shoot-em-ups, and of course monster movies. My dad wasn’t picky. He worked hard, a lot of overtime, all the maintenance around the house, and when he wanted to veg out I was happy to join him. I can’t say he actually liked any of the movies, but these type of mindless movies were always fun to watch. I never stopped enjoying them.

When I was older, my friends and I would rent a few of the worst looking black and white movies, fast forward to the middle, and watch the one we laughed at the most. You know, the one where you can see the zipper on the monster’s back. Then in college, I took a film class and learned about the history of these B-movies. I learned about their formulas and budgets and of course the cult that surrounds each genre. My amusement had a tinge of respect associated with them. Godzilla was no exception. Read More

Remembering the Good Times

by Richard Peck


NOTE: THIS IS A REBLOG FROM ONE YEAR AGO. I decided to repost because summertime often brings back memories of the time I spent with these kids. 

When I think back on this book it is very much like thinking on old friends. Such an incredible book that it absolutely has to be on my list of the three most influential books from my childhood. Previously I wrote about Prince Ombra and Out of the Bug Jar. They were both fairly innocent introductions to the world of fantasy and adventures, but nothing could have prepared me for the experience I had while reading Richard Peck’s book, which is not a fantasy at all. It is a drama for young adults, which seems very boring and certainly not anything I was interested in at the time. Read More

Mary Had a Little Lab

By Sue Fliess

My synopsis.
Mary is a scientist who is so busy inventing she forgets to make friends. She decides to create a pet for herself but when it becomes so popular and she creates more, things get out of hand.

Why I picked up this book.
On Twitter I had asked if any other writers had ever dreamt a story idea and if so did it work out writing it. Sue Fliess actually responded and said this story of hers was born from a dream. It’s her best selling book. I had heard of this book but hadn’t read it so it was clearly time. Read More