First Impression: Playing with Fire: A Modern Investigation into Demons, Exorcism, and Ghosts by Billy Hallowell

For hundreds of years, humans have been fascinated with the dead. Whether it’s been contacting loved ones in seances, haunted houses, or searching for a spiritual connection that will be with them in the afterlife.

This non fiction book explores the occult world of demons and ghosts but through the perspective of faith. Right away this is what attracted me to this book. I thought it would be an interesting study about what you believe and how the occult factors into that.

When I picked this one up I was interested to see how the author explored these topics and was eager to check out his writing style since he is an investigative journalist. Though I don’t read a lot of non fiction I was curious to see what direction this book went in.

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Special Feature: Matrimony, Inc.: From Personal Ads to Swiping Right, a Story of America Looking for Love by Francesca Beauman

If this title doesn’t grab you then I don’t know what will! I don’t read a ton of non fiction books but this one jumped out at me and I think it would be a fun read or even a fun gift for the upcoming holidays. This could easily be the book I give me history loving intellectual family members and friends this year!

Back in the late 1990s meeting someone online and dating them sounded so desperate and taboo but now in 2020 it’s how most people meet and fall in love. I don’t think twice when my friends talk about their Tinder matches when in the 1990s I would totally have judged them. Dating someone online was like the 1970s and 80s equivalent to taking out a personal ad. It wreaked of desperation.

That doesn’t mean that I still didn’t read those ads for a good laugh! Also I realize I am dating myself here. I was born in 1981 so the inception of internet dating is right up my ally but growing up in the 1980s I loved reading personal ads even though I didn’t quite know what was going on. I also loved dating shows like The Love Connection.

The never-ending quest for love is fascinating and that’s exactly what this book is about—-how finding love had evolved over the decades and I am absolutely here for it!

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Special Feature: That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug by Emily Flake

Is there anyone out there who is truly a hugger or is it just something you have acquired a taste for over the course of your life? For me, it’s something I’ve had to cultivate. I am not a big hugger and there is nothing more awkward than when someone asks if they can hug me because they know I am not a hugger.

I mean, yes it’s fine if you hug me but now you made it awkward by asking and pointing out that it’s obvious that I don’t like it.

Basically, hugging is such an awkward situation and that’s why I had to laugh when this book popped up on my desk for review! Finally someone has taken the time to examine what’s considered socially acceptable to do when it comes to a hug!

This is going to be one of those books you could pop in a co-workers holiday gift bag or bring to an office white elephant party! It’s a short little book full of humor and social etiquette! Continue reading “Special Feature: That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug by Emily Flake”

Review: Horror Stories by Liz Phair

I don’t read a ton of non fiction, especially memoirs. It’s just not a genre that really appeals to me, but on occasion reading biographies or memoirs about Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, or other famous modern women cross my mind frequently.

But as I said, it’s usually a genre that I pass on—though I rarely get pitched a memoir, I almost always skip it. However, I have a mega girl crush on Liz Phair and when I was pitched this book, I may or may not have fan girled hard.

Her music was the soundtrack of my youth/high school years and when I saw this book was coming out, I had no choice but to move things around in my schedule to fit it in! Continue reading “Review: Horror Stories by Liz Phair”

Review: Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution by by Kate Quinn, Sophie Perinot, Laura Kamoie, Stephanie Dray, E. Knight, Heather Webb, Allison Pataki

Epic was the first thing that I thought of when I saw this book. There are six different writers in this book and that fact alone suggests that this book was going to have a huge scope. But to be honest, the amount of authors that contributed to this book, made me a little nervous.

There are a number of powerhouse writers here and all of them independently successful and excellent authors, but how would their varying styles work together and mesh into one novel?

That was my biggest hold out on this one. I know that many of these same authors have collaborated together to write multiple other works—but I haven’t read any of those other works so I was slightly nervous taking this one on, but I was so curious about the time period they would be exploring and I curiosity got the better of me. Continue reading “Review: Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution by by Kate Quinn, Sophie Perinot, Laura Kamoie, Stephanie Dray, E. Knight, Heather Webb, Allison Pataki”