I’m Carol, and if you’re here because you love reading, then we’re already friends!

I’m a retired 5th-grade teacher, an ardent and avid bibliophile, and my favorite genre is historical fiction and literary fiction. In addition, I enjoy reading selected memoirs and other narrative nonfiction. Occasionally, I’ll read selected science fiction, dystopian, crime fiction, mystery, or psychological thrillers. However, I do not read or review horror, vampire, occult, paranormal, or erotica. You can find me and all the books I read, rate, and review here on Goodreads. On the blog, I only review 3, 4, and 5 star reads.


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My 5-star rating scale:

5 stars (excellent) twinkle-twinkle-little-startwinkle-twinkle-little-startwinkle-twinkle-little-startwinkle-twinkle-little-startwinkle-twinkle-little-star

  • given sparingly to the very best books, exceptional in every way, beautifully written, an important high impact book (lots of substance), unputdownable, ponder it for days and weeks after finishing, always a highly recommended must-read, important themes, WOW factor

4 stars (great) twinkle-twinkle-little-startwinkle-twinkle-little-startwinkle-twinkle-little-startwinkle-twinkle-little-star

  • very enjoyable on many levels, important themes, frequently recommended, has a lot of substance, WOW factor

3 stars (ok) twinkle-twinkle-little-startwinkle-twinkle-little-startwinkle-twinkle-little-star

  • an ok read…but sometimes falls into the category of easy or “fluff” reads (think vacation or beach reads), chick lit, mixed feelings about writing (premise might be good, but execution lacking in some areas), still might be recommendable for some reasons, no WOW factor

2 stars (meh) twinkle-twinkle-little-startwinkle-twinkle-little-star

  • not recommendable, underwhelmed, unremarkable, finished but didn’t enjoy,  might be rated highly by others but not the right book for me

1 star (avoid) twinkle-twinkle-little-star

  • usually, DNF (did not finish), lacking in several important elements, skipped/skimmed large sections, not on my recommended list

I read every book that I review and I value your comments and participation.  Please note that I solicit and appreciate respectful comments. I’m looking forward to reading and discussing many great books together! I would be honored if you choose to enjoy and follow along and share my blog with your reading friends.

Blog Schedule: I strive to post a review each Friday, and I will try to keep you informed about what I’m reading next so that we can “buddy read.”

Blogs posts may contain affiliate links. This means that at no extra cost to you, I can earn a small percentage of your purchase price.

Book cover or author photos that appear in blog posts are credited to Amazon or occasionally from author websites unless it’s a personal photo I’ve taken for Instagram.

My goal through this blog is to offer information about the very best reads, especially new releases. Unless noted, I have purchased all the books I review or I have borrowed them from the library. Occasionally, I receive free books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

A favorite quote: “Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones!” ~ Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


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