The Social Graces by Renee Rosen

This quote from Romeo and Juliet feels very apt after reading The Social Graces by Renee Rosen: “Two households both alike in dignity  (In fair Verona where we lay our scene)...”* If by “households,” you mean obscenely wealthy families and by “dignity,” you mean the lengths they will go to to outdo each other in … Continue reading The Social Graces by Renee Rosen

Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

Lovers of Greek Mythology, hark my call and heed this battle cry! No really, I mean it.  I just read a great retelling of the Apollo and Daphne story and while you know that I am no novice in my love for books based on Greek Mythology (see my post about Madeline Miller’s brilliance here) … Continue reading Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton

An unapologetic feminist novel featuring badass lady pirates?!?!  Well played, India Holton.  You get me.  You really do. I've jumped ahead. Let me rewind a bit. Close your eyes and imagine back a few weeks ago. Past Cheryl was excited when this book finally made it to the top of my TBR. I finally picked … Continue reading The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Strap in, everyone.  It’s going to be a long one. I’m finally tackling a book series that I have been meaning to write about for ages now and it will come to no surprise to those of you who have Netflix, but I’m going to talk about the Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo. … Continue reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Real men read romance! There I said it. No going back. A year ago I wouldn’t have made such a bold statement, but Cheryl and her BFotB (Best Friend of the Blog) opened my eyes and I’ve now read a number of romance books. To be honest, I felt like I was dared into doing … Continue reading The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

When I finished this book, my first thought was that this was the most beautiful book I had ever read! Frankly, I’m not even sure how to start this post.  I’m actually struggling to find the words to describe this book.  And, you know it's good when I HAVE NO WORDS! ME! NO WORDS! What … Continue reading The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria

One of the great parts of Spring Break is that I get some uninterrupted reading time.  And even though I have so many eBooks to read (my Netgalley ARCs list is out of control), this time I decided to dedicate myself to reading only print books on my TBR.  For Hanukkah, Mr. Librarian bought me … Continue reading You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

I was recently talking with someone (ok, my therapist) about the nature of romance.  Like romance as an idea.  See, Mr. Librarian and I have been married almost 15 years and sometimes (especially in the COVID times) it mostly feels like romance is dead.  I mean, at this point there’s not much we don’t know … Continue reading You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

Hi, it’s me again - Mr. Librarian. Cheryl is letting me tell you about another book I read, but first I guess I should tell you a few things about me: I’m married to arguably the world’s coolest librarian;I’m a huge dork;I generally like reading biographies, occasionally with sci-fi, mysteries, and Cheryl’s recommendations mixed in;I … Continue reading Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

To be honest, when I first saw this book, I thought to myself, "Cheryl, you’ve already read and loved a book very similar to this.  In fact, it was one of the best books you’ve ever read.  I don’t think I can make room in my life for a read-alike. It truly won't live up … Continue reading Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall