Favorite Books by the Month 2021

Time for a traditional best books of the year post! These are the best book I read in 2021. They weren’t necessarily published in 2021.

Complete with pictures and links for your convenience to add to your TBR.

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Book Review: ‘The Downstairs Girl’

The Downstairs Girl” by Stacey Lee

Source: Book of the Month YA

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction


By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie.” When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but she’s not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light.

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Book Review: ‘Greenglass House’

Greenglass House” by Kate Milford

Source: Library

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery


It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.

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Initial Impressions: ‘One Of Us Is Lying’

I’m the worst at keeping up with watching TV series. I watch when I feel like it to sometimes it takes me months (or longer) to finish a season. It might be a while before I finish OOUIL so I thought I would share my thoughts on the first episode.

One of Us Is Lying

Watch on Peacock

Rated: TV-MA


Mystery surrounds Bayview High when five students walk into detention and only four walk out alive, leaving one dead just as he was about to reveal life-changing secrets.

-First off, I hate the visual aesthetics of the show. It reminds me of (the very little I’ve seen of) Riverdale. It’s like a very over edited Instagram photo.

-I’m eternally frustrated with media’s choice of going over the top and forcing Mature ratings on adaptions. The book is a young adult book for teenagers. Can we please keep it at a TV-14 rating? Common Sense Media recommends it for 14+.

[Yes, there are some parents/caregivers that don’t care what kids watch. There are those that still enforce ratings though. Adults, if you’re really needing ~mature~ things in TV, go watch almost everything else on TV.]

-Everyone seems so old and mature. Nothing seems high school like. Has high school changed so much in the last ~15 years since I’ve been in high school? Or are California’s schools a lot swankier?

-It’s off to an intriguing start. I don’t know if I was new to the story if I’d want to continue though.

What are your thoughts on the FIRST episode?

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Book Box Guesses: December 2021

It’s no secret that I’m a book box lover. Part of the fun is trying to guess the upcoming month’s books (even if I don’t subscribe). Here’s a round up of what I think will be in the upcoming month’s boxes. I’ll update this post as new themes are revealed. These posts are typically scheduled around the 15th of each month.

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If you’d like to play along, drop your guesses in the comments and I’ll add them to the post! If you think I’m wrong, please leave a comment as to which book is a better fit.

Let me know if I’m missing a box you think should be added to the list.

If you work for one of the boxes below and would like to offer a discount code to my readers or a referral link, email me and I’d be happy to add it to the post. I’m open to discussing other types of partnerships as well.

I STRONGLY urge you to research a box before buying or subscribing. There’s been some shady behavior and you don’t want to get caught up in it.

Looking for more book boxes? Check out my ever growing Directory of Book Boxes.

Book Box guesses
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