The Witch of Willow Hall, by Hester Fox


Summary: The Montrose family has moved to a small mill town to get away from the scandals of the big city. Lydia, who considers herself the less attractive of the sisters, suffers from the rumors that her more beautiful sister Catherine has brought upon the family. She feels she will never find someone who will love her and take her despite the rumors. When she meets a handsome and mysterious man, she wants desperately for him to love her, but knows that it is hopeless. On top of those problems, Lydia is realizing that she may be more powerful than she believes – there have been witches in the family…

My Thoughts: I loved it. The romance was adorable, and on top of that, there was drama that added a lot to the plot. Highly suggested to anyone that likes non-smutty paranormal romances.



Weekly Update 45


Yes, this is another first day photo, but it has the happy parents in it. ūüôā Looking at this picture, I realize how much IL has grown already. He was 6 lbs 8 oz, and is now 6 lbs 15 oz. That doesn’t sound like much, but he is noticeably bigger. He is eating quite a bit, and is otherwise healthy.

D & M are doing a great job of adjusting to their new life with a baby. D feeds him regularly, and M has agreed to feed him in the upcoming month to help earn his reverence badge in Cub Scouts.

D, sadly, had a stomach bug and missed school for a couple days. Probably being overprotective, I quarantined IL in his nursery until she was better. Which meant I finally got caught up on blog comments!

My mom, and neice L with IL.

And my dad feeding IL.

Reading in the upcoming week

Currently Reading

I am listening to two audiobooks: Fool Moon, for my Dresden Files Group Read, and Vaccine Race. I know I’m being too careful, yet again, but I don’t want IL to hear Fool Moon because it’s scary. A nice nonfiction work is so much more educational. ūüėä

My Serial Read is Scarlet Letter, and my work of fiction is American Overdose.

Completed this week


This was also considered ok for baby ears, and I got plenty of quality time with IL while listening to it.

Acquired this week


Storm Front, by Jim Butcher


Summary:¬†Harry Dresden is America’s only Wizard. In addition to doing small occult detective jobs on the side, he is a consultant for the special division of the Chicago Police. When someone is brutally murdered, he must find out who the culprit is – making some enemies in the process.

My Thoughts:¬†This is my second time reading this book. I started the series over for my Dresden Files Group Read that I started hosting in November. (Anybody is welcome to hop in whenever they please, even if they have not joined us for the first few books in the series). I enjoyed this book as the pinnacle of Occult Detective series beginnings. Harry is likable, yet makes stupid mistakes all the time. The other characters are weak in comparison, but I know from experience that they will develop with time. The plot is solid, and mostly not predictable. It’s a fun book, suggested for anyone who likes urban fantasy.

four snowflakes

Dresden Files Group Read: Storm Front

Thanks for anyone who participated in the first month of the Dresden Files Group Read. I’m sorry I didn’t get this post up on time. I was busy preparing for the earlier-than-expected induction of IL.


  • What did you think of Storm Front overall?
  • Is this your first time reading a Dresden book?
  • How about your first occult detective novel? Have you read others in this subgenre?

I loved Storm Front, and gave it 4 stars, as can be seen in my review. As far as occult detective novels go, I think Dresden is the gold standard.

This is not the first time I’ve read this book – in fact I’ve read the first three. But I restarted reading them for the sake of others who wanted to join this project from the beginning.

I have partially read three other occult detective series, if the Nightside novels (Simon R Green) and the Iron Druid Chronicles (Kevin Hearne) count. The third is certainly in that subgenre: Rivers of London (Ben Aaronovich).

Back to the Classics 2019


Books and Chocolate is hosting Back to the Classics 2019! I’m looking forward to joining in the fun this year, though I already have a lot of challenges going on.

1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
2. 20th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1900 and 1969. All books in this category must have been published at least 50 years ago. The only exceptions are books that were published posthumously but were written at least 50 years ago.
The Trial, by Franz Kafka
3. Classic by a Woman Author.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
4. Classic in Translation. Any classic originally written in a novel other than your native language. You may read the book in your native language, or its original language (or a third language for all you polyglots!) Modern translations are acceptable, as long as the book was originally published at least 50 years ago. Books in translation are acceptable in all other categories as well.
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
5. Classic Comic Novel.¬†Any comedy, satire, or humorous work. Humor is very subjective, so if you thinkCrime and Punishment¬†is hilarious, go ahead and use it, but if it’s a work that’s traditionally not considered humorous, please tell us why in your post. Some classic comic novels:¬†Cold Comfort Farm; Three Men in a Boat; Lucky Jim;¬†and the works of P. G. Wodehouse.
Gulliver’s Travels
6. Classic Tragic Novel. Tragedies traditionally have a sad ending, but just like the comedies, this is up for the reader to interpret. Examples include The Grapes of Wrath, House of Mirth, and Madame Bovary.
Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
7. Very Long Classic. Any classic single work 500 pages or longer, not including introductions or end notes. Omnibus editions of multiple works do not count. Since page counts can vary depending on the edition, average the page count of various editions to determine the length.
Wives and Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskell
8. Classic Novella. Any work of narrative fiction shorter than 250 pages.
Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean). Includes classic set in either continent or the Caribbean, or by an author originally from one of those countries. Examples include Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (United States); Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (Jamaica); or One Hundred Years of Solitude (Columbia/South America).
The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia). Any classic set in one of those contents or islands, or by an author from these countries. Examples include Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt); The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (Japan); On the Beach by Nevile Shute (Australia); Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria).
The Mahabharata (a bold choice, lol)
11. Classic From a Place You’ve Lived.¬†Read locally! Any classic set in a city, county, state or country in which you’ve lived, or by a local author. Choices for me include¬†Giant¬†by Edna Ferber (Texas);¬†Sister Carrie¬†by Theodore Dreiser (Chicago); and¬†Buddenbrooks¬†by Thomas Mann (Germany).
Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis (Minnesota)
12. Classic Play. Any play written or performed at least 50 years ago. Plays are eligible for this category only.
Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare

Weekly Update 44


Good news! After 2.5 days of induction, my baby (IL) was born on 12/7/2018. Baby and mother are healthy and well. IL is a sweet baby who rarely cries and is quite cheerful either being held or hanging out in his pack and play. So far, anyway. Never know what will happen when he grows older, lol. D and M are enjoying their new baby brother, and Aaron and his mom have been so helpful to me.


IL did have high bilirubin levels at first, and got to spend a day and a half in a tanning bed, due to an AB O incompatibility. (In other words, I’m an O, and my body produced antibodies against his blood cells because he’s a B.)


I was discharged from the Mother Baby program for people with bipolar disorder already because I have had no symptoms of post-partum depression, anxiety, or psychosis. I can always go back if I DO have symptoms, but if I don’t need that level of care, the 5 hours a day 4 days a week was only causing more stress than it was solving. So, yay! more free-time than I expected in the first four weeks after IL’s birth. I look forward to at least some time to read.

On the blog

Believe it or not, nothing has happened on my blog for two weeks! I do have several reviews that I need to catch up on – most notably last month’s Dresden Files Group Read post. I’ll get that up tomorrow, promise!

Reading this week

Nothing new.

Completed in the past two weeks

Despite good intentions of listening to Sense and Sensibility while being induced, I was too distracted to do so. I did get some Haunting of Hillhouse watched, though. ūüôā Aaron and I are about half way through now.