Blog Tour Spotlight: A Sparrow Alone by Mim Eichmann

Hello, reader!

Today on the blog, I’m doing something a little different. I’m doing a spotlight for a book on a #TheWriteReads tour! I’m excited to be able to share some information about a beautiful looking book called A Sparrow Alone by Mimi Eichmann. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, stick around for more details.

Thank you, as always, to Dave @ The Write Reads for letting me participate!


Synopsis


“1890’s Colorado. Desperate following her mother’s sudden death, thirteen-year-old Hannah Owens apprentices as domestic help with a wealthy doctor’s family in Colorado Springs. When the doctor declares bankruptcy and abandons his family to finance his mistress Pearl DeVere’s brothel, however, Hannah is thrown into a vortex of gold mining bonanzas and busts, rampant prostitution, and the economic, political and cultural upheavals of the era. Two of Cripple Creek’s most colorful historic characters, Winfield Scott Stratton, eccentric owner of the richest gold mine in Cripple Creek, and Pearl DeVere, the beautiful madam of The Old Homestead, come to life as this old-fashioned, coming-of-age saga unfolds, the first of two historical fiction novels by debut author Mim Eichmann — a tribute to the women who set the stage for women’s rights.”

Book Details


  • Author: Mim Eichmann
  • Publisher: Living Springs Publisher
  • Publication date: April 15th, 2020
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Age group: Adult

Book Links

Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon:: Goodreads

Author Details


A graduate from the Jordan College of Music at Butler University, in Indianapolis, IN, Chicago-based author Mim Eichmann has found that her creative journey has taken her down many exciting, interwoven pathways as an award-winning published lyricist and songwriter, professional folk musician, ballet choreographer and now, historical fiction author. Her debut historical fiction novel, “A Sparrow Alone”, published by Living Springs Publishers on April 15, 2020, has met with extremely enthusiastic reviews and “Muskrat Ramble” which will be published on March 23, 2021, is its much-anticipated sequel.

Author Links

Website::Twitter


If the synopsis intrigues you, definitely consider checking this book out! It sounds like it could be an interesting read!

Year End Wrap Up: Top Ten Books of 2020

Hello, reader!

It has been a minute, hasn’t it? I took a little bit of a Christmas week break. Nothing planned but I was working the holiday and it has been busy because people can’t be bothered to follow Covid protocols 🙃

(For context, I work in a lab that runs Covid tests. I feel like I eat, sleep, and breath Covid at this point.)

All that aside, I couldn’t close out the year without a few year-end posts, could I? 2020 has been… something else, but, mixed up with all the pandemic strangeness and the stress that was the 2020 elections in the United States, I read a lot of fantastic books! That made creating my top ten list a tiny bit difficult, as you can imagine. There are just so many books I loved this year! For the sake of this post (and my typing fingers), I had to make some tough cuts, but just know that this list is by all means not the limit of all the books I adored in 2020. These are just the shining stars that stand out for one reason or another!

Okay, okay… enough with the suspense. Time to show you my favorite books of the year!


#10. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

This is a recent favorite that I haven’t even had a chance to review. I read it as part of the Middle Grade Marvels group and absolutely adored it! It has a mix of humor and heart that I found incredibly endearing. The inclusion of legends that I grew up with, legends that featured people who look like me, made me love it even more! I think my favorite aspect, however, is Tristan Strong. He’s a young, Black boy who is depicted as just that. He has insecurities, he isn’t afraid to be open about being afraid, and we get to experience his joy right alongside his pain. He’s a fantastic character and the reason this book has ended up on my list!


#9. Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

The number nine spot goes to another recent read, though I read this one as part of a blog tour run by Dave @ The Write Reads! Dave is always sending incredible books our way, so I’m not surprised one of them ended up on my top ten list. Even though this won’t be published until 2021, I’m so happy I read it early enough to include it here! This book is absolutely magical. I felt transported to the world in which Amari is searching for her missing brother in a secret society that deals with the supernatural. I loved every bit of this book from beginning to end! And, yet again, we have a book with a young, Black protagonist that isn’t featuring The Struggle. Here’s a book that I would have loved to have a young kid, to see that Black people can have magical adventures, too. You can read my full review here.


#8. All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Books were definitely my shining beacon during this pretty hellish year. One of my favorite moments was being introduced to the wonder that is Murderbot! I read this book during the Trope-ical Readathon for the A.I. prompt and had to resist the urge to complete the entire series! I would die for Murderbot and they would be thoroughly confused as to why, but I would still do it! I loved this novella with all my being and am looking forward to continuing the Murderbot Diaries in 2021. Though I did resist the urge to read them all, I couldn’t resist getting the entire series on my Kindle 😬


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12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

Hello, reader!

There’s just three more days until Christmas and I realized I haven’t done a single Christmas book tag! Thankfully, there is a plethora of them floating around the blogosphere right about now. One that caught my interest was the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag!

I’ve seen it on quite a few blogs that I follow, but it was originally created by  Lizzie Loves Books. It’s based on the song “12 Days of Christmas” and you have to pick a book for each of the days. It looked like a lot of fun, so I decided to give it a go! Some of the questions definitely had me scratching my head, but I tried to mix it up and mention some books I haven’t talked about a lot on here.

With that said, let’s jump in!


ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

Though I’ve mentioned this book on my blog before, I feel like I don’t talk about it nearly enough. It was such a random find that I ended up loving! It’s spooky, it revolves around Edgar Allan Poe, and there’s puzzles! I thought this was such an interesting book and I was completely invested in it from page one until the end. Puzzles in books are the way to get me, I tell ya. This is also one of the few standalones I five starred this year.


ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TWO TURTLE DOVES.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Kit and Jett from The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

I’m not a hug OTP person. I don’t tend to read books for romance (excluding romances, of course), but I do enjoy when romance is included. And yet I don’t have a book couple that I would absolutely ride or die for. That being said, I thought the relationship between Kit and her best friend, Jett, was the cutest! It was a nice side story to the main plot and it made my heart happy 💖


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Book Review: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Title: Rebecca

Author: Daphne du Maurier

Genre: Classics/Gothic Romance/Historical Fiction

Source: Bought

Content/Trigger Warnings: For a full list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Rating: ★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon:: Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

A young woman finds herself entangled in a gothic mystery after becoming the second wife to the enigmatic Maxim de Winter.

Favorite Quote

“I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say.”

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Book Blogger Hop: Dec 18 – 24

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!


Hello, reader!

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a Book Blogger Hop. As in, I haven’t done one since October 😅 But, when I read the question for this week, I knew I wanted to join in! You’ll see why in a moment.

This Week’s Question

Do you have any bookish ornaments on your Christmas tree?

This week’s prompt submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.


I’ve probably mentioned this before, but Hamlet is my all-time favorite Shakespeare play. I’ve read it multiple times. I’ve seen several of the adaptations. I even had a couple of monologues memorized for awhile in college for absolutely no reason. I just liked them 🤷🏾‍♀️ Years ago, my best friend told me she had to give me part of my Christmas present early. She knows I tend to be a “open presents on Christmas ONLY” kind of person, so I wondered why she was so insistent that it had to be before Christmas.

Well, this was the present:

Look at him! It’s a little tiny Hamlet ornament with a tiny skull!! I love him so much and he’s always the first ornament I hang on the tree every year 💖 I’m also the only one allowed to hang him up because he has to go in the perfect spot, lol. This BBH makes me realize that Tiny Hamlet is the only bookish ornament I own, however. I think it’s time to start rectifying this situation *nod*


If you celebrate Christmas, do you have any bookish ornaments that you put on your Christmas tree? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Down the TBR Hole #7

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Alright, let’s review where we were at the end of the last round. I ended round six with 617 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf. Honestly, that number seems to be the norm for my TBR, lol. Every time I take books off, I somehow manage to add enough to stay right around there. Case in point, my TBR is currently sitting at 618 books. Only one added book, though, so that’s a plus! I’ve done much better this past week, haha. But now, it’s time to try to bring that number down (and keep it down).

Let’s jump into round seven!


Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I remember when this book came out and it was just everywhere. I’m going to be honest, I was first intrigued because I heard there was a tiger involved, lol. But I never picked it up because literary fiction I have a complex relationship. And then movie came out and I could not get through it. It makes me nervous to actually pick up the book. I’m still drawn towards this story, though, so I think I’ll keep it around a little bit longer.

Verdict: Keep

It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet by James Herriot

Upon reading the synopsis of this book, I think I’ve already read it??? It says that this is the next book after All Creatures Great and Small and I read all of James Herriot’s books about his life when I was a kid! But I don’t remember this being the title… so now I’m confused. I suppose the best way to find out is to re-read it which I’m certainly not adverse to! Perhaps it’s time to re-read all of his books for nostalgic purposes.

Verdict: Keep

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First Lines Friday #2

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

We’ve arrived at another glorious Friday and, even though I work this weekend, I’m pretty ecstatic. This has been a loooooong week, let me tell ya. If I never see another Covid-19 test, it will be too soon 😩

But let’s not focus on the stresses of the lab. It’s time to do this week’s First Lines Friday! I always have a lot of fun trying to guess the books in everyone’s post, though I am notoriously terrible at it. Today, I have a completely different sort of book than the one I featured last week. Let’s see if these first lines will clue you in.


The Line(s):

“The student union’s coffee shop was like a bad pop song: painfully repetitive and unnaturally upbeat. Milk was steamed, names were chirped, and baristas beamed as if there were any call for such abominably perky behavior.”


Any guesses?

Ok, so I cheated a little and skipped the prologue and picked the first lines from chapter one. So I suppose I’ll give you some hints.

It’s the second book in a companion novel series

The cover is a bright, cheerful yellow

The main character in this book is related to the main character in the first novel of the series


The Reveal:

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

Talia Hibbert returns with another charming romantic comedy about a young woman who agrees to fake date her friend after a video of him “rescuing” her from their office building goes viral…

Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?”


I am realizing now that I missed the prime opportunity to use the fact that this book is called Take a Hint, Dani Brown in the hints that I gave you. Rookie move, Kerri! Either way, I recently borrowed this book from the library and I’m so excited to give it a go! I had a great time with the first book in this series, Get a Life, Chloe Brown, and this little snippet alone makes me think I’m going to love this one just as much.

Have you read this book? Did those first few lines capture your attention? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Review: Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

Title: Blood & Honey

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Borrowed (library)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Blood magic, self-harm, murder, violence

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

After escaping her mother’s murderous intentions, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are in search of allies to help them defeat their dangerous foe.

Favorite Quote

“What you are now is not what you’ve always been, nor is it what you always will be. You are a snake. She’s your skin if it no longer serves you. Transform into something different. Something better.”

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: Dec 16, 2020

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme where you get to flail about whatever upcoming book you’re excited to read. Though it is generally a new release, it certainly can be any book that’s on your TBR! This meme is currently hosted by Wishful Endings and it’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Hello, reader!

Usually, I fill up my Wednesdays answering what books I’m reading, what books I’ve finished, and what books I plan on reading next. I realized this week, though, that my WWW Wednesday would look exactly the same as last week’s 😅 So, in place I’ve my usual WWW Wednesday post, I’ll be doing another post that has kind of fallen by the wayside: Can’t Wait Wednesday!

We’re on the precipice of a new year, so there are a ton of books I can’t wait to get me hands on. Today, however, I’m going to focus on one I haven’t talked about nearly enough. This is a book by an author that is one of my favorite sci-fi writers. I’ve loved both of the books I’ve read by him and one of them is one of my favorite books of all time. His writing has a wonderful blend of humor and science that I adore. His newest book features:

  • A quest in space!
  • A main character with amnesia!
  • And the fate of the world resting squarely on our main character’s shoulders!

The book I’m speaking of is…

Goodreads Synopsis:

A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian–while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.”

Publication Date: May 24th, 2021

Pre-order here: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon

Why I’m Excited:

The Martian is one of my favorite books of all time. Though I seem to be in the minority, I thought Artemis was great, as well! It stands to reason that I’ll probably love whatever Andy Weir writes. Also, this sounds like it’s going to be heart-pounding in a quiet yet dramatic way, kind of like The Martian. I’m excited to devour it like I did his other two books!


What is a book you can’t wait to get your hands on? Did you do your own Can’t Wait Wednesday post? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

End of the Year Book Tag 2020

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another tag! And this one seems especially appropriate as it’s the End of the Year Book Tag. I know we have a few weeks yet til 2021, but I’m already in planning mode for the new year. As 2020 winds down, I like to try and wrap a lot of my reading up so I can start the next year fresh. This tag will help me see what books I need to prioritize in the next few weeks!

I want to thank the incredible Danni @ _ForBooksSake for tagging me! Her blog is awesome, as is her taste in thrillers, so y’all should definitely check her out! I’m not sure who originated this tag, but if I find out, I will make sure to let you know.

Alright, let’s get to the tag!


#1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Even though I’m scared, I’m determined to finish The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang! I’m only a chapter in, but I’m already so nervous, lol. I’m excited to continue Rin’s story and, at the same time, I know it’s gonna hurt me. Either way, though, I really want to finish this before going into 2021.

Also, this is a library loan and it’s due back soon 😬

#2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Probably should have answered this more towards the beginning of autumn… whoops!

Well, that being said, the first book that popped into my head was Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. This book practically screams fall and might even make you scream a little. It’s a middle grade horror that even gave this hardened horror-lover some minor chills. Scarecrows are creepy, y’all. It’s also a short read, so it seems like a book I wouldn’t mind re-read around fall every year.

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