It’s been a whirlwind few weeks as my kids finish up school and my daughter prepares to graduate (!!!), but I wanted to quickly put out a Friday Favorites post because, well, why not? Here are a few things I’m loving lately:   Car Headrest Hooks Who knew such a small thing could be so […]

Books, Fun

May 20, 2022

Friday Favorites: Big Wave Surfing, Summer Music, a Classic Novel You Need to Read, and More!

I’ve been planning for what seems like forever to write a weekly post containing some of my favorite new finds — Each time I read/watch/wear/use/cook/listen to something wonderful, I want to share it with as many of you as possible. Knowing me, this may end up becoming a weekly post or a monthly one, possibly […]

Books, Fun

April 15, 2022

Friday Favorites: A Book, A Band, A Bento Box, A Ted Lasso Replacement, and Sweet Sleep Headphones

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about the group called Moms for Liberty. Here in Tennessee and across the country, the conservative group is trying to ban ‘inappropriate’ books from school libraries and curriculums. Their hit list includes texts about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ruby Bridges, books about the LGBTQ+ experience, and […]

Books, Deep Thoughts, Fun

February 15, 2022

The Moms for Liberty are Right: Books are Dangerous.

I have to admit, this wasn’t the best book year for me. I read a lot of stinkers and got into a major book slump as a result, only reading/listening to 43 books instead of my usual 60 or 70. And if that sounds like a lot of books, well, some people watch Netflix. I […]

Books, Fun

December 31, 2021

My 10 Favorite Books of 2021

Well, hello! I’m sorry to be AWOL for so long, but 2020, man. It’s been such a kick in the gut… and while I thought it would at least give me plenty to write about, it turned out EVERYONE felt the same way and with so many opinions and arguments and noise spilling out of […]

Books, Fun

December 31, 2020

My Top 10 16 Books of 2020


It was a good year for books. I read/listened to 60 this year and I’m happy to say there were very few bombs in the bunch, which is a very good thing. When I came to the end of last year, I decided I’d followed the herd and read too many new releases, so this […]

Books, Fun

December 30, 2019

My 10 Best Books of 2019

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. My opinions about these books are clearly my own.  It’s been a minute since I’ve posted a book review — My daughter returned this fall to the homeschool tutorial model she loved so much in middle school and between teaching her World Literature and Japanese (she has teachers for […]

Books, Fun

October 8, 2019

Mormons, Kidnappers, Epic Heroes and Young Lovers: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately

Suburban Turmoil Book Reviews

What a month it was for reading! I didn’t read a ton of books in April (The Stranger Beside Me seriously bogged me down, as you will see), but I did read some very memorable ones! Whether you’re looking for a light romance that’s actually readable or an AMAZING dystopian novel I’d put right up […]

Books, Fun

May 5, 2019

Smart Romance, Savage Murder, Scythes, and Shoemakers’ Wives: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately

What I've Read Lately

  Oops. I wrote this post, then with all the excitement over Nashville’s cherry blossom trees, totally forgot to publish it. So today, I’m righting that wrong for the many tens of readers who come here FOR THE BOOK REVIEWS. I read some fantastic books last month, including a novel that just might end up […]

Books, Fun

April 8, 2019

Survival, Revenge, Hilarity and Dysfunction: Here’s What I Read Last Month

Here's What I Read Last Month

It’s been a busy (and short!) month, but I still managed to read/listen to seven books. W00t. Two of them will definitely be on my ‘Best of 2019’ list. Two will probably be on my ‘Worst of 2019’ list. What’d I love? What’d I hate? Read on to find out…   Follow the River, James […]

Books, Fun

March 1, 2019

Bachelors, Spies, Pioneers, and Psychopaths: Here’s What I Read Last Month

Suburban Turmoil Book Reviews February 2019