★ May Wrap-Up ★

Hello, all! We wrapped up our school year last week, and my job as an elementary school paraeducator was amazing. I’m going to miss the kids over the summer, but I’m also ready for a break! Between work, family, and just being tired in general, I haven’t spent much time blogging, so it’s good to be back.

I read seven books in May, some I’ve already reviewed, and some I hope to eventually:

  • TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY by Linwood Barclay ★★★★★
  • FAMILY OF LIARS by E. Lockhart ★★★★★
  • BURIED IN A GOOD BOOK by Tamara Berry ★★★½
  • A SECRET SHARED by Patricia MacLachlan ★★★
  • THE SHADOW HOUSE by Anna Downes ★★½
  • INSOMNIA by Sarah Pinborough ★★
  • MOUTH TO MOUTH by Antoine Wilson ★★

My first summer project was reorganizing my bookshelves, which took two days to finish. Now all the books are alphabetical by author’s last name again. I had to part with one large shopping bag of books to make room for all of them. Ginger wasn’t happy about the chaos around her couch.

I don’t have a summer reading list set in stone, but a few books I’m hoping to read are:

  • THE BOOKWOMAN’S DAUGHTER by Kim Michele Richardson
  • THE LOST SUMMERS OF NEWPORT by Williams | Willig | White
  • THE HOTEL NANTUCKET by Elin Hilderbrand
  • SUMMER FEVER by Kate Riordan
  • THE FINALISTS by David Bell
  • THE SWELL by Allie Reynolds
  • DEEP WATER by Emma Bamford

Have a wonderful June! — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

Immortal Perfumes: Fragrances Inspired by History

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Seriously, is 2016 over yet? What a horrid year, one awful thing after another. I’ve been in a major reading slump for the past two months, so instead of talking about books, I’m going to talk about perfume!

I discovered IMMORTAL PERFUMES about two years ago. I was searching Etsy for Edgar Allan Poe inspired fragrances. I know, sounds weird, but that’s me. Weird. ;-) I ordered one called “Lenore” from them, along with a few others, including their popular “Dead Writers” fragrance. They all smelled amazing – unique perfumes inspired by literature and history, each one with a different story.

Their latest line of fragrances is the Literary Lovers collection: Catherine & Heathcliff, Capulet & Montague, and Persephone & Hades. I purchased the sample set to give them a try (pictured above). All of the masculine ones were a big hit with me, though Catherine was my favorite. I bet it does smell like rain on the moors. :-)

You can find their complete line of perfumes HERE.

** All of the fragrances I’ve tried from IMMORTAL PERFUMES were ones I purchased myself. **


2016 Reading Wrap-Up:

For a very quick look at the books I read this year, check out → MY YEAR IN BOOKS ← on Goodreads. I’m planning to finish one more book before midnight on the 31st, bringing my yearly total to 82. Hopefully starting a new year will haul me out of my reading slump!

HAPPY NEW YEAR & HAPPY READING

Reading Wrap-Up {4} – 2 Gothics from the 1980s

Reading Wrap-Up is an occasional post where I share a few quick thoughts on books not received for review. I borrowed these two Gothic classics from the library:

WomanInBlackTHE WOMAN IN BLACK
by Susan Hill
★★★★

I’d always thought this book had been published around the turn of the last century, so I was surprised to learn it came out in the 1980s. The author captures the eerie atmosphere of an old fashioned Victorian Gothic perfectly. There were a couple of scenes that really gave me the chills. I think I said, “No! Arthur, don’t go in that room!!” But, he did. :-)  I liked the ending of the book. It was fitting for the overall story, but also very sad. Malevolent ghosts aren’t reasonable creatures after all…

WaitTillHelenComesWAIT TILL HELEN COMES
by Mary Downing Hahn
★★★★

Another ghost story from the 80s! FYI: This is a middle grade book about a restless spirit named Helen who haunts a blended family, especially the youngest daughter, Heather. I love how they lived in an old church out in the middle of nowhere, with a cemetery just a few yards away from their bedroom windows. Creepy. The author did a great job with the creep-factor, though nothing over the top scary. It was fun trying to figure out why Helen was targeting Heather, and what connection, if any, they had to each other. My daughter read this book in 4th grade, and she enjoyed it too.