Bookish talk · Discussion · Personal thoughts

Surprise, surprise: My TBR is shamefully long…

I have had a New Year’s Resolution for the past two years that I have failed miserably at. I’m strong for a little while, but in a moment of weakness, I ruin it.

Every year.

It’s this: Don’t buy any more books until I read all the books I own.

We all know books are pack animals. And letting me into a bookstore is like letting a redneck into a gun shop. Or a sugar-rabid child into a candy store.

This comic = ME

spending money

So this is basically an accountability post… Which is what I need. Shame and accountability.

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Book review

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman book review

A Man Called Ove review @ Chocolate and Chapters

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars ★★★
Genre: Contemporary, Humor
Source: Gift

Ove is an older man who lives alone. He is a grouch. Since the death of his wife, he’s not sure what to live for. He cares very much about things being done “the right way,” which he believes the new generation fails miserably at. In fact, he feels everyone fails miserably at basically everything. One day, a chatty couple with two chatty children move in next door. The young mother, an Iranian immigrant, immediately sees through Ove’s tough exterior to the little bit of jelly in the middle. And Ove’s life becomes a roller coaster ride from there.

I believe I’m one of few people who didn’t quickly give this book 5 stars after finishing it. Because honestly, I didn’t love it. Trust me, I am more surprised about this than anyone.

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Book review

A Strange Companion by Lisa Manterfield book review

A Strange CompanionA Strange Companion by Lisa Manterfield

My rating: 1 of 5 stars ★
Genre: Contemporary, New Age (Is that a thing?)
Source: Purchased, Once Upon a Book Club box

Kat has been trying to escape her past for two years, ever since her boyfriend Gabe died in a tragic accident. She has met someone new, but she can’t let go of the past. When her brother adopts a two-year-old girl named Mai, Kat goes back to her hometown to meet her. When she meets Mai, she feels a strange, deep connection to her. As if she’s met Mai before. She starts to wonder if it’s possible that her boyfriend has, in fact, come back to her.

Let me say this first: I have lost someone very close to me. It will never be something I am “at peace” with or something I get over. I have gone through major life events without the person I needed the most. I am familiar with and understand Grief because even years later, we hang out fairly often.

I am also aware that people grieve differently.

But with that said, Kat’s grieving goes far overboard.

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Bookish talk · Discussion · Personal thoughts

The importance of a beautiful title

I love beautiful, poetic book titles.

I think that titles can not only give the reader a hint of what a book is about, but in just a few words, can portray the emotion of a book.

This can be both positive or negative. Let me explain.

Without looking at the book’s cover, what would you think a book titled, “Secrets of a Charmed Life” is about?

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Author Interview · Bookish talk

Interview with Tiffany McDaniel, the author of “The Summer that Melted Everything”!

I am so excited for you to meet our guest today!

Tiffany McDaniels, the author of “The Summer that Melted Everything,” is here for a little Q&A.

First, meet her please:

Author Interview with Tiffany McDaniel @ Chocolate and Chapters


Tiffany McDaniel is an Ohio native whose writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows. Also a poet and artist, she is the winner of The Guardian’s 2016 “Not-the-Booker Prize” for her debut novel, The Summer that Melted Everything. The novel was also a Goodreads Choice Award double nominee in both fiction and debut categories, is a current nominee for the Lillian Smith Book Award, and a finalist for the Ohioana Literary Award and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Award for Outstanding Debut.


And here we go!


Let’s begin with how the idea for The Summer that Melted Everything came to you?

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Book review

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel book review

the summer that melted everything

The Summer that Melted EverythingThe Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars ★★★★
Genre: Literary Fiction, Magical Realism
Source: Author
Read my interview with the author!

Being the devil made him a target, but it also meant he had a power he didn’t have when he was just a boy. People looked at him, listened to what he said. Being the devil made him important. Made him visible. And isn’t that the biggest tragedy of all? When a boy has to be the devil in order to be significant? (207)

In the stifling hot summer of 1984, Fielding Bliss’ father puts out a newspaper advertisement inviting the devil to their small Ohio town. He says he wants to “see for himself” what the devil is really like. Soon after the ad is released, 13-year-old Fielding walks by a boy in town who to claims to be the devil himself. Assuming he is a runaway from a nearby town, the Bliss family takes him in while the local sheriff conducts an investigation to figure out where the boy came from. The boy is wise beyond his years, making everyone unsure if he’s really the devil or if he’s just an ordinary thirteen year old boy.

As the summer progresses, strange accidents begin happening to the townspeople, resulting in fatalities. One of the Bliss’ neighbors takes a personal dislike for the boy and once fear begins to run rampant, no one’s lives will ever be the same.

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Bookish talk · Monthly Wrap Up

June 2017 Wrap Up

Welcome to my first ever monthly Wrap Up post!

I only read 4 books this month. You read that right: 4.

I know, and I call myself a book blogger.

Books Read in June

Chocolate and Chapter's June 2017 Wrap Up

My Book of the Month!: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (click for review)

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore (click for review)

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel (click for review)

And super honesty time: I’m still reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I’m only half way through, but I’m still counting it as a June read??

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