A week in Pictures (Sept 24th thru 30th)

Monday, the 24th My desk on an early Monday morning. Tuesday, the 25th Best friends. Fish tank tubing in the background. Wednesday, the 26th This cat lost his already ridiculous mind on Wednesday. Thursday, the 27th Hotel life – campus in the morning! Friday, the 28th I didn’t make this pile, but I’d like to… Continue reading A week in Pictures (Sept 24th thru 30th)

The Darkling Bride {Review}

A solid 4 stars. This book refuses you to miss the connections with Jane Eyre. It’s a quality book, though. Eerie vibes throughout the novel help set the stage and unexplained references to a main character’s shady past help to set the mood for most of the novel. There’s a lot going on in here,… Continue reading The Darkling Bride {Review}

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate {Review}

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s… Continue reading Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate {Review}

Books By My Favorite Authors…That I Still Haven’t Read

This one is tough, since I generally read everything an author has written as soon as I figure out I love that author. Please see Karin Slaughter & Simone St. James. However, I have plenty of ‘guilty pleasure’ authors & a couple of non-fiction authors that I read more sporadically.  My Guilty Pleasure Authors: A… Continue reading Books By My Favorite Authors…That I Still Haven’t Read

Hurricane Florence

Myrtle Beach initially escaped Hurricane Florence with fairly little damage. My building lost a few shingles and the trash compactor enclosure lost a board on the gate. Dunkin’ Donuts lost part of their sign, the intersection I use to get out of my area blinked red for quite awhile, but really the damage was fairly low.

It’s the flooding that’s getting us. Well, not me personally, I live far enough from any river or waterway that our only flooding is in drainage ditches and retention ponds. So many people’s homes are flooded that long term rentals are getting harder and harder to find as they try to find a new place to live. Conway is just under water. Many roads are closed, rivers are far above historic flood levels, and trips that should take an hour take several.

I don’t even know what else to say – Shane and I only had to evacuate and all of our stuff is fine. We lost a freezer and fridge full of food and stressed the heck out of our cats, but that’s it. We’re incredibly lucky and I feel guilty even thinking about that stuff.

If you want to do something, volunteer with the Red Cross (if they ever have shifts I can work, I’ll be there), or donate money to Florence relief – especially if the funds go to Wilmington, NC. Our grocery stores are at least getting partial shipments, they’re still fairly isolated and need a lot more help than we do.



A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis {Review}

From Goodreads: Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum. When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished… Continue reading A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis {Review}

Books on my Fall TBR Pile

  Top Ten Tuesday is a feature currently run by That Artsy Reader Girl. I’m really excited for this fall’s to-be-read pile, so even though I’m still unpacking from the evacuation, I wanted to be sure I did this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (more than 10, though!). Usually I’d write a blurb about why I… Continue reading Books on my Fall TBR Pile

22 Things I’ve Learned Since Moving to the Beach (feat. Hurricane Florence)

**I didn’t post this week because we evacuated ahead of Hurricane Florence. I had already written this post, so I’m just adding to it before posting.** I’ve been living at the beach (in a tourist town) for almost 4 months now, so I’m clearly an expert on beach living. I’m kidding, I’m still brand new… Continue reading 22 Things I’ve Learned Since Moving to the Beach (feat. Hurricane Florence)