Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
mrozzz

mrozzz

Joined February 2017

Could not live without a book in hand and at least two spares in my bag. Aspiring to finish and publish my own soon.
review
mrozzz
The Regrets | Amy Bonnaffons
post image
Pickpick

“Ummm ghost sex??” is a common refrain from reviewers, and I can also delight in the confusion behind that question. It requires an extra bit of focus in the beginning to properly follow who/what is happening, but once I figured that, I couldn‘t stop reading. Thomas has died but due to administrative error his death has been reversed until the error can be remedied. What he does with the extra time is fairly predictable but a riot just the same.

KatieDid927 I love the pic and the review! 1y
BarbaraBB Me too! 1y
mrozzz @KatieDid927 @BarbaraBB 😄♥️😄 thank you! 1y
62 likes2 stack adds3 comments
blurb
mrozzz
This Close to Okay: A Novel | Leesa Cross-Smith
post image

Sigh. Loving this #BookMail 😌

BarbaraBB I enjoyed Burnt Sugar a lot! 1y
mrozzz I‘m glad!! It just came out in the US a few weeks ago 😊 @BarbaraBB 1y
71 likes2 comments
review
mrozzz
Juliet the Maniac | Juliet Escoria
post image
Pickpick

This is a tough one, to read or discuss. Here‘s an auto-fiction which likely aligns with the author‘s own youth leading up to/following a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Brief, raw chapters capture the pain & confusion surrounding turbulent months and years where she partied hard with her friends, alienated her parents, regularly hallucinated, and attempted suicide over & over before she‘s medicated and sent away to a school for difficult kids.

74 likes2 stack adds
review
mrozzz
The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
post image
Pickpick

The film The Wedding Date (2004) has a special place in my heart, so it was the title alone that had intrigued me, how the romance would play out, and if there would be any similarities to [16-year-old SPOILER] Debra Messing & Dermot Mulroney‘s whirlwind love story. Readers, Guillory is great, and she made sure this book had a little bit of everything. It was difficult to NOT immediately order the rest of the series. Looking forward to more!

bookandbedandtea I read, and adored, the book that film is "based on" long before seeing the movie and it's so different that I was horribly disappointed. Deborah and Dermot were gorgeous in it though! 1y
mrozzz @bookandbedandtea whaaaaaat I had NO idea it was based on a book!!! 1y
bookandbedandtea @mrozzz I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Don't get me wrong, the movie was enjoyable too! But it was so different from the book that I was kind of shocked. 1y
mrozzz @bookandbedandtea ahhh okay, noted! 😊 1y
80 likes3 stack adds4 comments
blurb
mrozzz
The Divines | Ellie Eaton
post image

#NewBooks acquired 🤗

TrishB What a lovely picture 😁 1y
mrozzz @TrishB 💗 can you practically smell the fresh paper & ink too?? 😌 1y
BarbaraBB That pic 🥰🥰 1y
See All 6 Comments
mrozzz @BarbaraBB ♥️😊 my new apartment has incredible light! I love it. 1y
BarbaraBB That is worth so much!! 1y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB I couldn‘t agree more! It really keeps my mood up. 1y
85 likes6 comments
review
mrozzz
post image
Pickpick

“The overarching clarity offered by this pandemic is that it‘s not any single generation that‘s broken, or fucked, or failed. It‘s the system itself.”

A book that me feel so seen... Petersen is an incredible writer and she herself is a millennial and is able to speak to burnout from personal experience while adding on to the testimony of many others, and pointing to stats that exemplify why life‘s so precarious & burnout so prevalent now.

BarbaraBB That quote. So true 💔 1y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB right?? 😔 The whole book is like that. 1y
66 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
mrozzz
post image
Pickpick

Pretty sure this is my new favorite (ONLY favorite??) self-help book. I hate most of the advice I receive, related to finding a new job or “just being happy” as it so often negates how I am actually feeling and makes it seem like I‘m losing at life for not being positive all the time. I‘ve already recommended this to a friend who feels similarly, and I think I might keep recommending it to the people in my life doling out more unsolicited advice.

60 likes2 stack adds
blurb
mrozzz
Hill We Climb: Poems | Amanda Gorman
post image

Cried many tears today, felt chills while listening to the incredible poetry from this young woman. Highly recommend watching & listening if you didn‘t catch it live.

PurpleyPumpkin Her poem was beautiful and inspiring. 💜 1y
mrozzz @PurpleyPumpkin truly!! I keep listening to it again and again. 1y
LeslieO She‘s amazing. 1y
BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 1y
Librariana She was just 😍😍😍 I mean... just... 🥰🥰🥰 Brilliant writer and just... chills! Goosebumps! Powerful 💜 1y
66 likes5 comments
review
mrozzz
Break the Fall | Jennifer Iacopelli
post image
Pickpick

I‘m here for every gymnastics book especially now that I didn‘t get my Olympic fix last year. No worries, Audrey Lee & the rest of the US National Team went to Tokyo anyway. 🥇I‘d be lying if I didn‘t admit to crying through the last 50-70 pages which portrayed the event finals and a hell of a redemption... without spoilers I‘ll just say that these girls made a great team. I hope our next IRL team sticks as many landings while mending many hearts.

MicheleinPhilly Ow, girl. 😂 1y
mrozzz @MicheleinPhilly this old lady can still get down into that split! 🤸🏻‍♀️😁 1y
MicheleinPhilly Whereas I get up from the couch and it‘s all “crick crack-a-lack” and my wife says, “I heard that!” 😂 1y
mrozzz @MicheleinPhilly LOL oh I have that too! And I practically sprained my ankle posing for this photo 😆 1y
62 likes4 comments
blurb
mrozzz
post image

#BookMail ✨😊 2 from subscription boxes, the rest from publishers! Most looking forward to the tagged nonfiction.

review
mrozzz
The Babysitters Coven | Kate M. Williams
post image
Pickpick

Reminded of Stranger Things & My Best Friend‘s Exorcism, I knew that Williams had written something special. Esme is an average teenager trying to earn money through a babysitting business established with her best friend. They have a monopoly on the best families so the new girl in town, Cassandra, knows to approach them. The thing is though, that since Esme turned 17 some weird things have been happening...and Cassandra might have some answers.

Linear I recently read this. Wasnt bad, cute quick read. 1y
mrozzz @Linear the sequel is good too!! 😊 1y
54 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
mrozzz
Dear Martin | Nic Stone
post image
Pickpick

This is a necessary read—sad & moving, simple & sharp. Justyce writes letters to Martin Luther King, trying to figure out what‘s raging within him. He wants to keep a level head and not play into ignorance. He might like his friend SJ even though things are never really over with his sometimes girlfriend Melo— but his mom does NOT want him dating a white girl. He‘s a senior with an eye on the future. Despite the pressure, he can confide in Martin.

62 likes1 stack add
review
mrozzz
None Shall Sleep | Ellie Marney
post image
Pickpick

Excellent for the ilk currently obsessed with gory page-turners or shows like Criminal Minds. As a YA this might be missed, but be sure not do. The audio in particular is fabulous and disturbing.

monkeygirlsmama Never heard of this, but stacked! 1y
mrozzz @monkeygirlsmama a bookseller recommended it to me! Have you read ? 1y
monkeygirlsmama @mrozzz I've heard of it, but haven't read it. 1y
See All 6 Comments
mrozzz Might be another one you‘d like! @monkeygirlsmama 1y
monkeygirlsmama @mrozzz stacked :) thx 1y
TheLibrarian This got pushed to the top of my tbr because I‘m obsessed with Criminal Minds! 1y
46 likes1 stack add6 comments
blurb
mrozzz
Some Hell | Patrick Nathan
post image

Life update: exactly 2 months ago our landlord sprung on @BookBee89 & I that she was planning to sell the property and not interested in renewing our lease. I nearly had a meltdown but after 5 intense weeks of searching we found a cute little apartment not far from where we were. We moved in over Christmas and are starting to feel settled. Pictured is 1 rainbow of many I made while re-organizing. 🌈Thankfully no books were harmed in the process.

TheKidUpstairs I'm glad to hear that you were able to find a place you like and are settling in. Moving is stressful at the best of times! 1y
mrozzz @TheKidUpstairs 💖 it seriously is. I wasn‘t sure we could do it safely but we managed. 1y
rachelsbrittain Such a pretty stack and I'm glad you all were able to find a place. How stressful! I just found a new place myself after months of searching to get out of a stressful living situation, but thankfully I had time and a place to stay in the meantime. Hugs 💛 1y
See All 18 Comments
BarbaraBB That sounds pretty intense. I am happy you managed to find a place in time that you both liked. Maybe it‘ll all turn out for the best. Wishing you a happy new home 💚 🌈 🍀 1y
TrishB Glad you found something ♥️ 1y
Kalalalatja Lucky you found something, hope you‘ll feel at home soon 💕 (edited) 1y
mrozzz @rachelsbrittain so you get it! 💜 It was a situation I wouldn‘t wish on anyone especially during a pandemic. Good for you getting yourself into a safe place. 🙌🏻 1y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB we are certainly hoping for the best. 💗 We quite like it so far. It has such beautiful light and spiral staircase to a loft. I‘ve only left to walk a couple times and get groceries. It‘s quite cozy. 1y
Chelsea.Poole Cute stack! 🌈 1y
mrozzz @TrishB me too! 🥰♥️ Housing is super weird right now and for a week I wondered if we could find something in our budget that was also big enough. We lucked out for sure. 1y
mrozzz @Kalalalatja getting there!! Full of books and rugs and soft blanket we have set up such a warm space. ☺️💖 1y
mrozzz @Chelsea.Poole ☺️☺️☺️☺️ 1y
umbrellagirl Glad you are settling in! 1y
readordierachel Sorry that happened! Glad you were able to find a new spot 💕 1y
quietjenn SAME! Only we moved right after the new year and I'm not nearly feeling settled yet. 1y
mrozzz @umbrellagirl ☺️💕 1y
mrozzz @readordierachel thank you, me too! 💜💜💜 1y
mrozzz @quietjenn ahh hope it wasn‘t too much of a nuisance! Hope it starts to feel more like home soon. 1y
88 likes18 comments
blurb
mrozzz
post image

Sharing a few books I think we should all be reading right about now.

TrishB Lovely to see your post ♥️ missed your reviews. 1y
mcipher So good to see you here! Hope married life is treating you well 💕 1y
See All 12 Comments
ChasingOm Hood Feminism was one of my top reads of 2020! 1y
BarbaraBB A very relevant post! And I am so glad to see you here again 🤍 1y
mrozzz @TrishB ☺️💖 hopefully I‘ll get organized and share some reviews soon 1y
mrozzz @mcipher likewise! 💜💜💜 it‘s been lovely. 1y
mrozzz @readordierachel ♥️♥️♥️ 1y
mrozzz @ChasingOm 🙌🏻 that one is still on my TBR— now seems like a great time to read it! 1y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB happy to be here my friend!! 💗💗💗 1y
mklong Great to see you back! And I‘ll second the love for Hood Feminism. I just finished it and it made me aware of so many of my blind spots. 1y
mrozzz @mklong 🥰♥️ I‘m excited to read it! Definitely also read Brittney Cooper if you haven‘t already. 1y
82 likes1 stack add12 comments
blurb
mrozzz
The Imperfects | Amy Meyerson
post image

Coming off of my birthday weekend, celebrating my 30th 🤭, I thought I‘d share the stack of books I treated myself too! 📚📚📚📚#BookHaul

It was super lowkey, drank wine and mojitos with the husband, made a stop at my indie bookshop, visited my parents, and then binged most of Take a Hint, Dani Brown (which is just as lovely as Chloe‘s story).

mcctrish Perfect birthday 🎂 📚📚🎉 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds like a wonderful birthday! 🙌🥳 2y
kspenmoll Sounds fabulous!!! Happy 30!‘n 2y
See All 25 Comments
Avanders Happy birthday and great stack!! 🥳🤩 2y
CaitZ Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a perfect day🥂📚🎉 2y
Cortg Happy Birthday! 2y
Kimberlone Welcome to your 30s! I turned 30 last November :) 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess Happy birthday! 2y
Tamra Wishing you happy 30‘s - life gets better with each decade for sure! 2y
DaveGreen7777 Hope you had a wonderful birthday! 🥳🎂 2y
EKonrad Happy birthday!!! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
mrozzz @mcctrish TOTALLY ☺️💗 2y
mrozzz @erzascarletbookgasm it really was! 💜 2y
mrozzz @kspenmoll thank you! It was. 💕 2y
mrozzz @Avanders thank you so much! 😊 2y
mrozzz @CaitZ thank you! Absolutely, what more can a bookworm want? 😊 2y
mrozzz @Cortg thank you!! ♥️ 2y
mrozzz @Kimberlone thank youuuu! Feels good to be out of my 20s 😆 2y
mrozzz @Graciouswarriorprincess thanks so much! 2y
mrozzz @Tamra it sure seems that way 😉 thank you! 2y
mrozzz I did, thanks Dave! 😊 @DaveGreen7777 2y
mrozzz @EKonrad thank youuuu 😊💜 2y
BarbaraBB Mel how are you? I‘ve been missing you and your reviews! Hope all is well 💕 2y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB you‘re the sweetest for checking in. I plan on getting back to posting but I‘m all over the place right now, emotionally. Still reading a lot to cope. Hoping to have good news to share soon (and some reviews!). I also hope you‘re staying safe. ♥️ 2y
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll have good news soon and wish you all you need to enable that ❤️❤️ 2y
86 likes25 comments
blurb
mrozzz
post image

You‘re doing a good job. 👏🏻

I‘ve been somewhat absent, keeping my head down in between the pages of whatever keeps my attention. Hope you‘re all finding good books to get you through. Hang in there. 💕

BarbaraBB You too dear Mel, hope you‘re doing okay over there and have time to enjoy the new house. Things are getting back to normal here but by bit. Let‘s hope we have the worst behind us ❤️ 2y
mrozzz Glad to hear from you @BarbaraBB 💜 Hope you‘re doing equally well! I am crossing along my fingers and toes you‘re right! 2y
Libby1 ❤️⭐️🦋🌈 2y
72 likes3 comments
blurb
mrozzz
Valentine | Elizabeth Wetmore
post image

It‘s been one month inside with my books & anxiety... I‘ve read a little bit, taken some walks by the beach, and imbibed much wine. I have at least another 6 weeks of this routine to endure. Hope you are all taking care 💕

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You too ❤️❤️ 2y
AmyG You just stay safe. 2y
marleed I wake up at remind myself that I‘m safe here alone in my house rather than stuck alone in my house. It works -most days. 2y
MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️ It has been rough. Stay safe and be well. 2y
BarbaraBB Books, beach and wine, who would have thought that would make us anxious?! These are bizarre times. Stay safe Mel 💚🍀 2y
77 likes5 comments
blurb
mrozzz
Writers & Lovers | Lily King
post image

Thankful for these and all the other books in my house as we enter into much more time spent at home.

Hope everyone is doing okay. My anxiety is high but I‘m trying to find solace in reading.

Bibliogeekery Same - with the anxiety and the solace 💓 2y
Branwen Same! High anxiety, lots of reading! 💕📚 2y
BarbaraBB Same. Bit too anxious to read much though. 2y
readordierachel 💕💕 2y
90 likes4 comments
blurb
mrozzz
In the Woods | Tana French
post image

My thriller stacks keep growing and growing.... but the genre keeps disappointing me so I keep putting off picking any of these up.

Though, Karin Slaughter has kept me occupied in the last couple months. Her writing is at least still reliable.

SamAnne Is there a Karin Slaughter book you recommend? I liked In the Woods but I‘m also picky about,the genre. 2y
Night_Reader Have you read 'The Silent Patient' and 'The Kind Worth Killing' ? Really good books. 2y
mrozzz If you want a stand-alone, try either Pretty Girls or The Good Daughter and be prepared for some gory details (one of the reasons I love her honestly, the details) @SamAnne You could also go ahead and read the 6 books of the Grant County series, it‘s really great. 2y
mrozzz @Night_Reader Silent Patient is on my shelf, I need to pick it up soon! 2y
SamAnne Thanks for the recommendations. Will check her out. 2y
75 likes5 comments
review
mrozzz
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Filthy & shameless, this memoir is wonderful.

BarbaraBB Intriguing review 😘 2y
mrozzz ♥️ It‘s so good. @BarbaraBB a hard read, but very good 2y
67 likes2 comments
blurb
mrozzz
Followers | Megan Angelo
post image

Another #BookHaul ! Just can‘t help myself lately. 😄📚📚

BarbaraBB Great haul! 😍 2y
DakotaWilde This makes me want to go shopping for more books 😅 2y
90 likes3 comments
review
mrozzz
post image
Pickpick

Reminiscent of Chloe Caldwell or Lidia Yuknavitch but written in a pseudo epistolary format full of lower case words & few punctuation marks, Wilder constructed a collection of stream of conscious observations & feelings that follow the years after her mother's death. Several sentences hit me at my core while others were much like those in group chats between best friends. Wilder is my age exactly and every pop reference was all too relatable.

saresmoore Great review, but I‘m most impressed that your nails match the book! 😻 2y
mrozzz It‘s a happy accident @saresmoore 💜 2y
79 likes4 stack adds2 comments
review
mrozzz
Starling Days | Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
post image
Pickpick

There are many stand-out sentences that made me consider how Buchanan uses language in a way few would, but in a way that bleeds beauty through the page. There‘s a dull, aching quality that stands out, allowing me to indulge in a hundred pages in a sitting as the main characters, husband & wife, remain in place, together but apart, pondering what the hell they're going to do next and whether or not that will include staying together and/or alive.

Nute Excellent review! 2y
78 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
mrozzz
post image
Pickpick

Abi Daré is a new, important voice bringing attention to the issues still plaguing young people in Nigeria who are essentially being sold into a slave trade, working for free for the rich. The story takes place in 2014-2015 during the most turbulent change of Adunni's life following her abrupt marriage to a much older man, despite her young age, and her fatal mistake that prompts her to run away from everything to work & live in Lagos.

82 likes4 stack adds
blurb
mrozzz
post image

Bought more books (with a gift card).

Who‘s surprised?? 😁

I‘ve been waiting for the latest in the Stillhouse Lake series (tagged) so I figured I‘d pick up these others that had been on my list for too long. 📚📚📚📚♥️ #bookhaul

Megabooks Very nice is great! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻🎊 2y
94 likes2 comments
review
mrozzz
post image
Pickpick

Fabulous and sad, a pleasure to read and learn from. I‘m for sure a forever fan of Bianca Marais. I‘d highly recommend to fans of her last book and of historical fiction.

Can‘t review properly without more space so I‘ll leave you with a quote: “I know better than anyone how the heart can play the most terrible tricks on the mind. It's a traitorous beast that can't be trusted at the best of times, but even less so when it's so utterly broken.”

78 likes2 stack adds
review
mrozzz
post image
Pickpick

This was exactly the riot I was expecting and hoping for! And, though I am typically a huge proponent of hard copies of books, if you're already a fan of Ali Wong and her standup, I believe you'd be crazy to pass up on the opportunity to listen to her raunchy narration here. I forgot just how dirty some of her bits were, but it's refreshing, really to see a woman let loose and show such freedom and confidence in her past and present.

sudi I'm reading this right now and agree with everything you just said, she's so open to talk about almost anything. It takes a different level of confidence to be so bold. 2y
Suet624 I just checked Libby and, as you might imagine, they don‘t have the audio. 😞 Ali is the best. 2y
mrozzz @sudi Absolutely! She‘ll be a hell of a role model for her daughters. 2y
mrozzz @Suet624 she is the best! I hope you can find the audio elsewhere. It was amazing. 2y
72 likes2 stack adds4 comments
review
mrozzz
post image
Pickpick

This is HEAVY. Every time I though Nicole had hit had the worst day of her life, there was another life-ruining scenario for her or her friends/family. Less than 100 pages in there is death and treacherous addiction and lies and heartbreak and the story escalates. She is extremely lucky in that even after getting hooked on a taste of heroin and obfuscating her life from her family‘s concern, they push on, filled with worry and a desire to help.

Leftcoastzen I wish I could go back to the old Chumley‘s how is the new version? 2y
mrozzz It was wonderful 😊 @Leftcoastzen the walls above the booths are lined with books 2y
64 likes2 comments
blurb
mrozzz
Black Sunday | Tola Rotimi Abraham
post image

Last week‘s haul was a doozy. I was very stressed at work so I ordered quite a few books from Book Outlet, went to the Strand over the weekend, and my fave local CT bookstore. 🤓📚📚📚📚📚

Texreader Heck yea! Book shopping is a great cure for stress! 2y
Leftcoastzen Sometimes you just have to gather books everywhere!😃 2y
LauraJ Those are some great books! 2y
See All 11 Comments
Tonton Yes! 2y
BarbaraBB The best solution for so many things... buying books. Enjoy them, it looks like a great haul! 😘 2y
youneverarrived 😍😍😍 2y
mrozzz It‘s always exactly what I need @Texreader @Tonton @youneverarrived 2y
mrozzz @Leftcoastzen absolutely! I‘m constantly surrounded by books. 2y
mrozzz @LauraJ I think so too! ☺️ 2y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB AGREED! 💜 Though I had to quickly split them up and make room on my shelves so the husband can‘t know quite how many I accumulated in a single week 😅 2y
BarbaraBB I recognize that. I always try to be home earlier than my bf to pick up the packages and put the books I ordered on a shelf as if they‘d been there forever 😉 2y
83 likes11 comments
quote
mrozzz
post image

Wow:
“How strange that a person can look back on her life & see all the tiny decisions/actions— even moments of inertia in which nothing appeared to be happening— all the trailing comets of them hurtling forward like fireworks, not into nothingness/insignificance, but toward a future moment, a split second in which everything came together in an explosion of certainty & unity so that you could only gasp: Oh! So that‘s where it was all leading to.”

TheSpineView Love your nails!💜 3y
InBooksILive Gorgeous nails! 3y
IMASLOWREADER love your nails 3y
See All 9 Comments
BarbaraBB Mel! How are you? You have moved by now I think. Are you no longer in the mood for Litsy? I hope you are well 💜 2y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB hi Barbara! I am well! 💜 Coming down with a cold now I think, but otherwise everything is good. Litsy keeps getting left behind at the end of a long day and I haven‘t picked it up in awhile. The job and just keeping up with reading & chores is taking a lot out of me. 2y
BarbaraBB I can imagine! Have you moved yet? And do you still visit author meetings? And do you among all those things have time to write? (edited) 2y
mrozzz Yes! I fully moved in to my place in September 😊 @BarbaraBB I go to 1 author talk per month (there are fewer out here where I am now) and I‘m trying to spend one full day every month or so back in NYC at the Center for Fiction so I can write. I‘m going this Saturday! I‘m excited because it‘s been awhile. 2y
BarbaraBB That sounds real good! I‘m happy to hear that 🥰 2y
mrozzz I‘m so glad you checked in 💜 @BarbaraBB 2y
54 likes1 stack add9 comments
blurb
mrozzz
Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
post image

This haul meant a lot to me not just because it came from Books Are Magic but because of the time I got to spend with friend & author Bianca Marais before and after ☺️ #bookhaul

blurb
mrozzz
post image

Got these lovelies a couple weekends ago at another book sale in Brooklyn. I always gravitate toward the indie presses! #bookhaul 😍

jillrhudy I liked the tagged book. The feminist book I'm reading now is a slog except for the mini-bios 3y
BarbaraBB I know none of them ☺️☺️ 3y
83 likes2 comments
blurb
mrozzz
post image

I really am just so excited about this witchy #bookhaul and all the wonderful books I‘ve been collecting this fall!

84 likes1 stack add
review
mrozzz
post image
Pickpick

Incredibly relatable, speaking to varying levels of familial bonds & lack thereof by different voices. My writing instructor was included as were several of my favorite authors: Carmen Maria Machado, Melissa Febos, Kiera Laymon... It‘s well-worth a read whether or not you & your mother are close. The stories sparked many emotions, mostly empathy. I so respect writers who chose to share these pieces of their realities. I crave more of this honesty.

Christine I really enjoyed this one, too. ❤️ 3y
BarbaraBB Hey Mel, you‘ve been quiet lately. I hope all is well 😘 3y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB Everything is so good! I started a new job last month and I‘m still getting acclimated. Hoping to start posting regularly again soon. ☺️💕 I really appreciate the check-in. How are you?? 3y
See All 8 Comments
BarbaraBB That sounds good, the new job! I can imagine you have less to time read! I am fine, enjoying autumn. Busy at work too but lots of time to read and listen to podcasts (my latest addiction)! 😘 3y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB podcasts are dangerous!! I never got into them so I‘m at least cranking through lots of audiobooks to make up for my slower consumption of print books. I hope autumn for you is as lovely as it is here! 3y
BarbaraBB You are right! I should listen to audiobooks instead. But I can‘t help myself. Those true crime series keep calling out to me! Have you moved yet? Have a lovely time in your new house! 🍂 🍂❤️ 3y
mrozzz I get it!! @BarbaraBB Yes! I‘m all moved in and I donated a bunch of books to my nearby secondhand shop so that I would have a little room to grow into my new shelves (which I‘m quickly filling up!) 3y
MrBook @mrozzz Ahhh, you‘ve moved and gotten a new job! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 So happy for you and your husband 🤗! Sorry about not keeping tabs, it‘s been crazy over here for me too 🙈. 3y
64 likes1 stack add8 comments
review
mrozzz
post image
Pickpick

In a style that floats between traditional prose & modified verse AND first/second/third person, Yrsa tells a heart-wrenching story of her mother‘s troubles following a young pregnancy with her brother then Yrsa‘s own life as she‘s exiled to her grandparents‘ house because her mother had a boyfriend who couldn‘t be trusted with Yrsa‘s growing body. There she was subjected to following strict religious rules while parsing her burgeoning sexuality.

60 likes1 stack add
blurb
mrozzz
Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
post image

Had a fabulous weekend with a bookish friend and collected books and brews on an adventure through Brooklyn. Here are my favorite purchases! #BookHaul

mcipher So fun!! I love these colors 😊 3y
GypsyKat Great picture! 3y
mrozzz @mcipher 🌈🌈🌈☺️ 3y
mrozzz @GypsyKat thank you!! 3y
84 likes4 comments
review
mrozzz
Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
post image
Pickpick

OH NO I'M DONE 😭And as I finished we got the enormous news that Simon & Baz‘s story IS NOT THAT OVER YET AND oh wow this is definitely the kind of focus on Baz I was hoping for! This was such a fun adventure through the mundane, expansive, ever-changing American landscape. I was on the edge of my seat throughout. There was plenty of danger and magic and laughter and some sorrow. Lovely.

readordierachel I loved it too. So stoked there will be another ❤ 3y
65 likes1 comment
review
mrozzz
Attachments: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
post image
Pickpick

😍 It's 1999 & Lincoln is a mildly unhappy 20-something who just started on the night shift in IT at a local paper. He's living at home with his mother and is often criticized by she & his sister. When he starts reading the flagged emails being exchanged between two employees at the paper, he guiltily chuckles at & falls for one of the writers, a movie reviewer, as she complains about her boyfriend & consoles her friend‘s lack-of-baby woes.

Hollie I loved this one- just so cute. 3y
68 likes1 comment
review
mrozzz
Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
post image
Pickpick

Finished just in time for the pub day of book 2!! Though I found many of the spells silly, the plot here really moved and the content is classic Rowell. 😍 Looking forward to diving into more Simon & Baz tonight when I see Rainbow herself and get my hands on Wayward Son!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love that sleeve. 💜🧜‍♀️💜 3y
mrozzz @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego it‘s my favorite ☺️💜 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely matching book sleeve! 👍 3y
88 likes2 stack adds3 comments
blurb
mrozzz
The Other's Gold | Elizabeth Ames
post image

I‘ve been on a roller coaster of emotion these last several weeks. My husband & I got news that a friend passed away unexpectedly at age 29 & though it took a day to hit me, it really packed a wallop. I wasn‘t reading much as we waited for a date for the wake/funeral and then we spent the past weekend crying & remembering him. The shining light through it all, aside from the rest of our dear friends was a job offer (!!!) and, always, new books 💕

BennettBookworm So sorry for your loss 3y
xicanti I‘m so sorry about your friend. 3y
MicheleinPhilly I‘m so sorry Mel. ❤️ 3y
See All 36 Comments
squirrelbrain So sorry to hear about your loss - thinking of you and your husband 3y
TrishB Sorry to hear 💔 3y
JenReadsAlot I'm so sorry for your loss. 3y
Litlady So sorry .. thinking of you. 💔 ((Hugs)) 3y
JacqMac Sorry for your loss.💕 3y
BarbaraBB Oh how horrible. Wishing you lots of strength ❤️ 3y
Eyelit Sorry for your loss. Take good care 💜 3y
Redwritinghood That‘s rough. 💔💔 3y
saresmoore So sorry for your loss. ♥️ 3y
Dragon So very sorry for your loss 💔 3y
batsy I'm so sorry ❤️ 3y
vivastory I'm so sorry to hear this 3y
DaveGreen7777 Oh, no, I‘m so sorry! Sending healing energy your way! 😔 3y
cobwebmoth I'm very sorry for your loss. 3y
sudi Sorry for your loss 💔 3y
jpmcwisemorgan I‘m sorry for your loss. 3y
silentrequiem I'm so sorry. ❤️ 3y
JessClark78 Sorry for your loss. ❤️ 3y
QuietlyLaura I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so sorry 💔 3y
Jas16 I am so sorry for your loss 3y
AnansiGirl Hugs to you on the loss of your friend 😞 3y
Megabooks I‘m so sorry for your loss, but I‘m glad there is the silver lining of a new job. 💙💙💙 I really enjoyed The Swallows. 3y
emtobiasz I‘m so sorry for your loss. I hope that job offer is a weight off your mind, even if your heart is heavy ❤️ 3y
zuzia I am sorry for your loss. 3y
youneverarrived So sorry for your loss. ♥️ 3y
Bookzombie I'm so sorry for your loss. 3y
mrozzz @Megabooks Thank you so much. 💗 The job is going to certainly help focus myself elsewhere, thank goodness. I'm very excited for The Swallows- it lifted my spirits when I opened the package and saw that I'd won a finished copy. 3y
mrozzz @emtobiasz 💖 💖 💖 Thank you. Yes definitely, and I was honest with the new company about what I've been going through and they offered to help in any way they can. It was great to have something good come up amidst the very sad. 3y
mcipher I‘m so sorry for your loss. That‘s such a rough thing to go through. Sending you best wishes for the new job and for making it through this tough time. ♥️ 3y
mrozzz @mcipher thank you so so much. 💗 We are taking it one day at a time and keeping him in our thoughts 3y
80 likes36 comments
review
mrozzz
The Heavens | Sandra Newman
post image
Pickpick

The story required much attention as the present changes each time Kate wakes up from one of her dreams in the olde world of Albion & Shakespeare. Her boyfriend & her best friend are the only constants for her in 2000 where her sanity is questioned as she becomes more & more invested in her 16th century life & the actions she could take which, hundreds of years down the line, may prevent the collapse of civilization. I was rapt.

megnews Great pic! 3y
79 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
mrozzz
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
post image
Pickpick

In the style of Celeste Ng, Lauren Groff or even Hanya Yanagihara (?!!), Keane has also crafted a near-perfect emotional family epic. Spanning the time from patriach Francis Gleeson's & his partner‘s first days on the force in the early 70s, through to present day, she artfully styled meandering sentences that made me sigh/gasp/tear up, & left me desperate for more of her excellence, but really desperate for the rest of the Gleeson/Stanhope story.

BeckyandBooks I‘m trying to get into this one right now, I‘ve read the first two pages at least a dozen times. I don‘t know why I can‘t get into it. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Just started listening! 3y
80 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
mrozzz
Marilou Is Everywhere | Sarah Smith
post image

This is my stack of signed editions, part 1 (I have 2 more events to go to!)— I went to listen to Sarah Elaine Smith and she was pretty cool, her work fascinating, and I just happened to snatch up signed copies of these other 2 new releases 😊 #bookhaul

blurb
mrozzz
Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
post image

I had the utmost pleasure listening to debut authors and well established writers speak throughout last weekend while I was at Catapult‘s annual writer‘s conference 🤩 These are the books (signed!) I went home with, along with the draft on my manuscript which I was there editing between lectures and readings. I highly recommend for any NYC-area writers!

kspenmoll So glad you went & got so much out of it! ❤️❤️ 3y
readordierachel Sounds amazing! 3y
mrozzz Thank you!! I am too! 💜☺️ @kspenmoll 3y
mrozzz @readordierachel ugh it was!!! 😄 3y
83 likes4 comments
blurb
mrozzz
Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz
post image

I‘m so behind on posting reviews but that doesn‘t mean I won‘t keep posting my #BookHaul s 🤗 Did you get your #BOTM box yet??

Megabooks Yes!! 😁😁 3y
The_Heeler_Booklife Just got mine today! 3y
See All 10 Comments
candc320 No, I‘m hoping mine comes in soon 🤞 3y
mrozzz How about now?? @candc320 3y
mrozzz @kspenmoll looks good right?! 3y
mrozzz @allthingskayla yay!! 🎉😊 3y
mrozzz @Megabooks BOTM mail day is always a good day 😄😄😄 3y
candc320 @mrozzz nope! It still says it‘s in PA...and I live in Florida 🙄. I have the worst luck with BOTM I swear! 3y
mrozzz @candc320 ugh!! They have lost my boxes a couple times but they are good about sending a replacement. I‘m in CT and once the box went from PA to AZ!!! Another time it just sat in NJ or something for a week. Just about every other time I‘ll get it by the 4th of the month. It can be so unpredictable 3y
87 likes1 stack add10 comments
review
mrozzz
Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
post image
Mehso-so

Though Reid wrote another unputdownable story which I sped through in a few sittings, when I think too hard about the plethora of characters I can't help but poke holes in the weak reasons for the animosity that broiled behind the scenes as the band's music shot up the charts. I was also dubious of the formatting which allowed the characters to confess in interviews, recalling too accurately what happened as they accrued fame/money/drugs.

rachelm The audiobook of this added sooooo much 3y
mrozzz @rachelm I keep hearing that. I closed the book feeling like it would be a great movie but probably didn‘t have to be, well, a book. I missed a lot of the parts we couldn‘t focus on because characters talking wouldn‘t talk like the typical scene-building tone and observations would require 😕 3y
Megabooks I thought the characters other than the two main ones (the rest of the band) were pretty one-dimensional. I found it pretty forgettable. 3y
See All 10 Comments
KatieDid927 Agreed 3y
BarbaraBB Good points. I agree with you as well as with @Megabooks , forgettable indeed. I just read her other book and had the same thoughts again. 3y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I liked Seven Husbands more, but I read it two years ago, and sometimes my opinions change on subsequent readings. That said, I‘m not particularly inclined to pick it up again. I did enjoy an epistolary novella of hers I listened to on audible recently. 3y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I may try that one, read good things about it, but other than that I don‘t think I‘ll read another novel by her anytime soon! 3y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB I disliked Evelyn as well so I am definitely done trying Reid! 3y
mrozzz @Megabooks E X A C T L Y— I also read Evelyn, on audio, and wasn‘t blown away. I had similar frustrations there like I did here 😕 3y
99 likes4 stack adds10 comments
review
mrozzz
post image
Pickpick

So enjoyed this perspective on the very conservative parts of the country which many liberals are always quick to discredit as dangerous for the LGBT+ populations there. The author made a great point about how even though some towns/states are vehemently working against them it is still their home & they want to stay and flourish regardless. I also liked how she described & aligned her transition with her travels across the country for this book.

JSW I really enjoyed this book and it left me hopeful. 3y
mrozzz @JSW yesss me too!! 3y
Smrloomis Nice! Hopeful sounds good! 3y
mrozzz @Smrloomis it‘s what we need now! 3y
82 likes5 stack adds4 comments
blurb
mrozzz
post image

Been pretty MIA packing and moving, but I got to take a break yesterday to converse over drinks (and books, duh) with @CareBear 🤗 It was exactly the kind of afternoon I needed! These are the two lovelies I left the shop with 📚

JSW Wait. Is that blackberry cider?? 😍 3y
mrozzz Blackberry PEAR— weird but good ☺️ @JSW 3y
JSW Omg need. I love cider!!! 3y
mrozzz It was lovely! Perfect on such a warm day! @JSW hope you can get your hands on some! 3y
98 likes4 comments
blurb
mrozzz
post image

Lucky me I got to do a bit of traveling this weekend to meet and hang out with Bianca Marais! It was an extraordinary pleasure as she is one of kindest people you‘ll ever come across. ☺️ I hope you put these both on your TBR if you haven‘t already read them. Or do! I‘ve read Hum twice and adored it even more the second time. 💚

Ncostell How wonderful, I bet you had a great time! 3y
mrozzz I really did! @Ncostell ☺️ 3y
82 likes1 stack add2 comments