Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
staci.reads

staci.reads

Joined January 2018

high school principal, former English and history teacher of 23 years, bibliophile. https://www.goodreads.com/stacilaird
review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

Loved this one! It's maybe a little too spot-on for satire and not as laugh-out-loud as it's billed, but I was thoroughly entertained (and appalled) nonetheless!

Ruthiella Nice backyard setting! 👍 Perfect for reading. 6d
67 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
staci.reads
The Guncle Abroad | Steven Rowley
post image
Pickpick

This was as charming as the first one! I really enjoyed the setting and the new characters, but I loved revisiting Patrick, Maisie, and Grant 🩷

blurb
staci.reads
Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
post image

Like many others, a lot of the titles on the list are on my tbr shelf, but I haven't gotten to them yet, maybe because they seem daunting. I was surprised but pleased to see Jesmyn Ward on here three times. I have mixed feelings about many on the list, but that's usually the way of these type of accountings. Thanks to those who have shared the accessible link!

review
staci.reads
American Mermaid: A Novel | Julia Langbein
post image
Pickpick

What a strange, wonderful book! The book-within-a-book format is well done, and both stories are compelling, especially as one begins to overlap with the other. It's quirky and funny and feminist. I picked this one up due to a persuasive shelf talker at a local bookstore.

70 likes2 stack adds
review
staci.reads
Maisie Dobbs: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
post image
Pickpick

I loved this one! A historical-fiction mystery, this one follows Maisie, a former WWI nurse, who now opens her own detective agency. The book, which flips between the 1920s mystery and flashbacks that reveal Maisie's past, is good storytelling.

TheBookgeekFrau Beautiful backyard! 😍 2w
Caryl I really enjoy Maisie. I‘m overdue to read one from this series! 1w
66 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
staci.reads
Yes Chef! | Lisa Joy
post image
Pickpick

The actual book is not in the Litsy database. This was given to me by a friend. Not a bad romance overall. A soft pick.

review
staci.reads
The Husbands | Holly Gramazio
post image
Pickpick

This was a win for me! Lauren is single, but suddenly, a new husband appears out of the attic, and when he rerurns up the ladder, a new husband comes down the ladder in his place. With each new husband, details about her life change as well. Lauren now faces seemingly infinite options of husbands and alternate realities to choose from! I loved the weird premise and the characters, and I laughed out loud throughout. It had depth and heart as well!

Lesliereadsalot As crazy as the premise of this book was, I really liked where it went and how it ended up. Found myself recommending it to all my friends. 3w
74 likes3 stack adds1 comment
review
staci.reads
The Hotel Nantucket | Elin Hilderbrand
post image
Mehso-so

This was my first Elin Hilderbrand, and it was about what I expected. The point of view was odd and inconsistent (seemingly 3rd person then suddenly slipping into 1st person "we" and "us," as if from the point of view of the collective local residents ?‍♀️) However, I found the descriptions of the setting to be the highlight of the book. It definitely makes me want to head to Nantucket for a summer getaway!

TheBookgeekFrau I've read almost all her books and this one was not a favorite. The weird point of view is that over time the island itself developed into a character; so yes, that was Nantucket speaking 🏖️ 3w
63 likes1 comment
review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

I have really been looking forward to reading this because I loved Seven Days in June. This one didn't come near to living up for me. I'm not sure I can pinpoint why, but it felt less mature to me. Maybe it was because of the mc, who I found annoying. It didn't feel like the same author wrote this one. It's gotten lots of praise, though, so count me as an outlier 🤷‍♀️. I'm calling it a soft pick.

review
staci.reads
The Other Valley: A Novel | Scott Alexander Howard
post image
Pickpick

It is an interesting premise, and overall, the story was compelling, but it felt slow, and I feel like it was missing depth to the characters. A soft pick.

review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

I don't remember where I heard about this book, maybe on a podcast, but I'm so glad I did! As the owner of an old house who has done lots and lots of renovation, I connected with the stories about the author's renovation and her appreciation for old houses. As a married, middle-aged mother, I connected with the stories she tells about her marriage and children. The parallels she draws between the two felt spot on.

53 likes3 stack adds
review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

This was so much fun! The relationship between Finley and her nanny/partner-in-crime/friend Vero is a highlight of the book! Good mystery, interesting, relatable characters, and humor - it really worked for me! I'm happy to have found a new series to read!
Finished this one today, so that catches me up!

review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

This was a fun mystery. I think it falls under cozy mystery, but I'm not positive I know what makes a book qualify for that genre 🤷‍♀️.

peanutnine I'm pretty sure cozy just means no on-the-page murder or violence 1mo
59 likes1 comment
review
staci.reads
Glass Houses | Louise Penny
post image
Pickpick

I took a little break from this series but recently picked up book 13. It did not disappoint! It was wonderful to visit Three Pines again, and this mystery kept me turning pages. I loved the structure Penny uses to tell the story through flashbacks while we listen to Gamache's testimony on the witness stand.

review
staci.reads
James: A Novel | Percival Everett
post image
Pickpick

I loved this Huck Finn retelling from Jim's perspective! Although I enjoyed making connections and comparisons to the original, even as a standalone, it was great storytelling!

review
staci.reads
Profiles in Courage | John F. Kennedy
post image
Mehso-so

This one has been on my bookshelf for years after picking it up at a visit to JFK's Presidential Library. I didn't know much about it, so I was surprised to find the theme was courageous congressmen, those who had defied the wishes of the majority of their electorate or their party to vote their conscience. It was some interesting history although dry in parts. Maybe more interesting was the backstory I read about his alleged ghostwriter.

bookandbedandtea What a wonderful reading spot! 1mo
53 likes1 comment
review
staci.reads
Stone Blind: A Novel | Natalie Haynes
post image
Mehso-so

Mythology has never been my jam, but I've read a handful of great feminist retellings lately, so I gave this one a go. It had some parts that were enjoyable, but it covered too many characters and stories and, therefore, felt disjointed. Medusa ended up being in just a fraction of the book. Overall, I was underwhelmed.
Also, I'm way behind on posting finished books, so here come a bunch of May/June patio and porch reads!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m way behind on posting reviews too, glad it‘s not just me! 3w
51 likes1 comment
review
staci.reads
The River We Remember: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
post image
Pickpick

Now I totally get all the William Kent Kruger love that I've read on my bookish social media! This was a fantastic mystery with depth, atmosphere, and a cast of interesting characters. I grabbed this one off my tbr shelves when it came up as my May #Doublespin, and now I have another author's backlist to dive into! @TheAromaofBooks

KathyWheeler My favorite of his stand-alone books is This Tender Land, but I also liked Ordinary Grace. His Cork O‘Connor series has, I think, 20 books now; I just finished #18. I really enjoy that series. (edited) 2mo
AmyG I just lobed this one. He has become a new favorite. This Tender Land is what got me hooked. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
86 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
staci.reads
The Lola Quartet | Emily St. John Mandel
post image
Mehso-so

I absolutely loved Station Eleven and The Sea of Tranquility, so I was disappointed to find this one a bit of a snooze. I just didn't care about any of the characters or their journeys. I picked this one up for #AuthorAMonth, and now wish I had gone with The Glass Hotel instead 😂. @Soubhiville

Caryl Definitely read The Glass Hotel if you liked Sea of Tranquility! 2mo
79 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
staci.reads
North Woods | Daniel Mason
post image
Pickpick

I appreciate the uniqueness of the concept and found portions of this deeply engaging, but I didn't fall in love with it the way many readers did. I wanted to like it more than I did. Still, the more engaging parts make it a pick for me.

review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

I got really behind on this one but did end up finishing it this month. It was thought-provoking and at times, angering. Glad to have picked this one up as part of the #SheSaid group! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

60 likes1 stack add
review
staci.reads
Funny Story | Emily Henry
post image
Pickpick

❤️ Like all Emily Henry books, this was charming. I loved that the two main characters worked in a library and a winery, respectively, so we got to spend time both those settings - two of my favorite places 😊. I've been a fan of the dialogue/banter in all her books, and I didn't find this one quite as snappy, but still, a strong pick for me!

DestinyMorna I‘m adding this to my TBR based on your review. I haven‘t read a lot of Emily Henry except Happy Place which was just ok for me. But this sounds like a good read! Thanks for the recommendation! 3mo
Bklover On Libby hold for this one. I‘m 1,318th in line. Might be a while! 3mo
UwannaPublishme @Bklover 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
81 likes3 comments
review
staci.reads
Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
post image
Pickpick

I found this book, and Marcellus the octopus, completely charming ❤️

Bookwomble Yes, me also! Which meant there wasn't a big enough 🐙/👩 ratio for me! It feels like there's a set up for another novel, so perhaps this will be remedied. 3mo
Cupcake12 One of my favourite reads of 2024 so far x 3mo
rubyslippersreads @Bookwomble Maybe with Pippa the Grippa. 🐙 2mo
rubyslippersreads I adored Marcellus. I could have done with more Marcellus and less Cameron, to be honest. 🐙 2mo
SomedayAlmost Marcellus is the best part of the audiobook! Great narration of his quips. 🐙 (edited) 2mo
71 likes1 stack add5 comments
review
staci.reads
Life's Too Short | Abby Jimenez
post image
Pickpick

My second Abby Jimenez, and a second pick for me. As I've said, romances are very hit and miss for me. I need interesting characters, chemistry, and snappy dialogue. I feel like those things are in short supply in the majority of romance books lately. But this one was cute and had those elements - also the cringe factor was tolerable 😂. I definitely enjoyed it.

wanderinglynn Love her books! ❤️ 3mo
73 likes1 comment
review
staci.reads
The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
post image
Mehso-so

I liked it - didn't love it. While I appreciate the author bringing needed attention to the women who served in Vietnam, it lacks depth. She rushes from tragic plot point to tragic plot point, seeming to believe that's all her readers are here for now. I felt the same about The Four Winds. It seems to have become her formula, and it makes her writing predictable and manipulative, as she tries for a tearjerker.
April #Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

JamieArc That‘s exactly why I don‘t read her… 3mo
fredthemoose My main takeaway from The Four Winds was that there was just too much misery porn. Thanks for the review—I‘ll probably skip this one 3mo
Lesliereadsalot I‘m with you on this one. 3mo
See All 6 Comments
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 3mo
Bookbuyingaddict Great 👍 review totally agree ! I thought it was just me ! Instead of a strong female lead she‘s made her a tragic figure which is a shame as it takes away the main focus of how truly pointless awful and horrific the Vietnam war like all wars , was (edited) 3mo
staci.reads @fredthemoose omg- misery porn - I've never heard that term before 😂 but it's perfect to describe this! 3mo
76 likes6 comments
review
staci.reads
Mercury: A Novel | Amy Jo Burns
post image
Pickpick

I am drawn to stories of messy family dynamics, especially a good sibling story, and this one fit the bill. The small town setting and a likable main character also made this a pick for me. This was my April #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
65 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
staci.reads
The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
post image
Pickpick

Such a strange premise, but very readable. The plot moves quickly, using alternating chapters with flashbacks to get the backstory. Lots of disturbing images and plot points as the mc wrestles with morality vs keeping her son alive.

65 likes1 stack add
review
staci.reads
In the Woods | Tana French
post image
Pickpick

I enjoyed this one, and although I found it compulsively readable, I also found it predictable. The author telegraphed the "bad guy" and made it obvious from the first time we meet them, even if it's not clear exactly how they are involved. Also, I found the ending really unsatisfying for reasons I can't share without giving spoilers. A soft pick.

CatMS Tana French is a favorite of mine, I love the Dublin Murder Squad books, especially The Trespasser. Wasn't crazy about The Likeness which seems to be a favorite of many of her fans. 2mo
66 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

Osman really knocked this one out of the park! This is the 4th in the Thursday Murder Club series, and it's hands-down the best one. After reading reviews saying it made them cry, I suspected what was going to happen, but Osman wrote about it so beautifully, I still cried. I am sorry to read he's taking a break from the series. I will miss Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, Ron, and the rest of the crew. This was my March #Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I have the first book from this series on my shelf - gotta get to it one of these days!!! 4mo
67 likes1 comment
review
staci.reads
post image
Mehso-so

This one's been languishing on my bookshelf for years. I finally read it when it popped up March's #Bookspin. I found it underwhelming and the ideas mostly obvious. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the shelf!! 4mo
48 likes1 comment
review
staci.reads
Grave Robbery | Deanna Raybourn
post image
Pickpick

The newest installment in the adventures of Veronica and Stoker - this one has all the banter and the adventure one expects plus shades of a good Frankensteinesque story. It was a fun read as usual!

kspenmoll Stacked! 4mo
53 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
staci.reads
The Lost Man | Jane Harper
post image
Pickpick

Catching up posting March reads today! This was the only Jane Harper I hadn't read, so it was my #AuthorAMonth selection for March. It had all the atmospheric qualities that Harper's books usually have, this one's landscape being remote, barren, hot, dry, and unforgiving. The characters were well drawn, and the mystery was engaging as usual. @Soubhiville

Soubhiville Yay! 4mo
52 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

I really enjoyed the mc and her adventures in the faierie realm. Her single-mindedness makes for awkward relationships with the humans around her. I loved Wendel Brambleby and his interactions with Emily as well!

ItsAnotherJen Loved this one too! 4mo
71 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

I read this one in February and March with the #SheSaid group. This collection of essays was powerful. Thanks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa for this selection!

review
staci.reads
The Housemaid | Freida McFadden
post image
Mehso-so

I don't think I've ever experienced a book that in spite of having such bad writing, kept me turning the pages 😳. Weak sentence construction, filled with cliches, cringy dialogue, and highly predictable thanks to the author signaling plot twists early...and yet I poured through it in a night. I am at a loss to explain it 😂.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I feel the same about her books… 4mo
73 likes2 comments
review
staci.reads
Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
post image
Pickpick

Such a beautiful story of families and all their complicated messiness. I loved these characters. Also, outdoor reading in February?! What a weird, but beautiful winter weekend.

72 likes1 stack add
review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

Sometimes, a 2 star read, sometimes a 5, I'm still trying to figure out how to feel about this fever dream of a book. The plot seems to struggle with a massive identity crisis; however, there was a lot to love. This was my February #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
59 likes1 comment
review
staci.reads
Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
post image
Pickpick

I've heard mixed reviews on this one, but I found it lovely. The daughter/mother relationships, the quiet, beautiful love story of Lara and Joe, contrasted with the story she tells her daughters of her summer at Tom Lake when she dated a now-famous actor, Peter Duke, worked on many levels. This is my 5th Ann Patchett and my 2nd favorite, behind The Dutch House. This was my #Doublespin for February @TheAromaofBooks

Lesliereadsalot My favorite book from last year! 5mo
Crazeedi I loved this book 5mo
LeslieO I‘m team Tom Lake!🩷 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
67 likes4 comments
review
staci.reads
Matrix | Lauren Groff
post image
Pickpick

This book was unlike anything I've read before, and through much of it, I wasn't sure if it would be a pick for me or not. But it kept me coming back, and there were moments of greatness. This was my first Lauren Groff, and I read it for my February ##AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

Soubhiville Glad you liked it. 🙂 5mo
Lesliereadsalot I‘ve loved all her books! 5mo
Caryl I felt similarly. The way she told the story was challenging for me at first, but once I got used to it, it felt just right for the time period and characters. I ended up loving it. 5mo
73 likes3 comments
review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

This was a cute take on a modern retelling of P&P. I've heard the webseries is really cute too.

Ruthiella I watched the web series back in the day and really liked it. The Emma one was good too. 5mo
62 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
staci.reads
Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
post image
Pickpick

A murder-mystery within a murder-mystery and both of them compelling in themselves. I loved this one! It is unique and clever!

LeslieO I loved the PBS series, too. And I am currently reading Moonflower Murders.🙂📚 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence I love Anthony Horowitz! 5mo
Lesliereadsalot Loved the PBS series too! 5mo
71 likes1 stack add3 comments
review
staci.reads
Wellness | Nathan Hill
post image
Pickpick

The raw look at marriage and parenthood really hit home for me with this one. It's a beast, but I found it compelling and readable. It will be one of my favorites of the year. I forgot to add that this was my #Bookspin for January @TheAromaofBooks

Leftcoastzen Love your review! 5mo
Ruthiella I liked this one a lot too! Try his debut if you‘re interested 5mo
Lesliereadsalot Definitely read his first one, just as compelling. 5mo
See All 6 Comments
staci.reads @Ruthiella @Lesliereadsalot I read The Nix years ago, and I agree. It was a five-star read for me as well. 5mo
HeatherBookNerd Nathan Hill is a tad long-winded, but if I could write that well, I‘d take my time too! And he must do all kinds of crazy research because he can go off for pages on all kinds fascinating topics. Really enjoyed both his books. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 5mo
62 likes6 comments
review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

This beautiful book. I was worried for the first 100 pages that this wouldn't live up to the hype and wouldn't be nearly as good as Deacon King Kong, but McBride did not let me down. This was superb writing and plotting. The characters are incredibly rich, and the storytelling is masterful. This will definitely be one of my favorites of the year, maybe of all-time.

BarbaraBB Wow what a recommendation! I will read it soon! 6mo
Texreader High praise! Stacked! 6mo
KLyn1 This is on my shelf!! 6mo
85 likes2 stack adds3 comments
review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

Number 3 in the Thursday Murder Club is my favorite so far. I just love the cast of characters and the snarky humor, combined with a good mystery and so much heart ❤️ This is my January ##Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
JMPemberton Was my favourite so far too. Have the fourth book reserved at the library…can‘t wait! 6mo
86 likes2 comments
review
staci.reads
post image
Panpan

I found this one to be a slog.

LiteraryinLawrence Your room looks very cozy for reading! 6mo
Ddzmini Loved that book 📖😊 6mo
71 likes2 comments
review
staci.reads
Love and Other Words | Christina Lauren
post image
Pickpick

A friend/colleague went on a romance binge before Christmas and was handing me her finished ones at a rate of about one per day 😂. I told her I have a love/hate relationship with romance, so I don't read them as often, and it will take a while to get through. This was the 1st of approx 20 she's given me, and I picked a great one to start with! I loved it! The mc's were likable, & the alternating chapters between present and past worked well!

80 likes3 stack adds
blurb
staci.reads
My Year | Roald Dahl
post image

I beat my PR for the 2nd year in a row! This fall, my reading slowed way down for a few months, but I guess I was already up from last year at that point, so I still came out ahead. It was a year of some powerful books mixed with some light-hearted, escapist reads. It's a reminder that there's a book for every season in life ❤️📚.

Ruthiella Nice work! 👏👏👏 7mo
keys_on_fire Your last sentence is so true!! Congrats on a great year! 7mo
TieDyeDude 💪🎉 7mo
See All 10 Comments
Aimeesue 👏👏👏 7mo
eeclayton Congrats! 🎉 7mo
Gissy Great!!! Congratulations 📚📚📚📚🎉🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏👏 7mo
staci.reads @Ruthiella thank you! 6mo
staci.reads @keys_on_fire right?! And thank you! 6mo
staci.reads @TieDyeDude Thank you! 😊 6mo
66 likes10 comments
review
staci.reads
post image
Pickpick

The 5th in the Muderbot series (and the first full-length book of the series) found Murderbot reuniting with ART! I was happy to see the author bring ART back although this one got a little slow and redundant in places. This series may be better suited for novellas.

review
staci.reads
Chain-Gang All-Stars | Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
post image
Pickpick

This ended up being my last finished book of 2023, and what a book to end on! It is definitely one of the best books I read in 2023! Also, I'm showing off the blanket my daughter made me for Christmas ❤️

dabbe It's beautiful! 🤩🤩🤩 7mo
staci.reads @dabbe thank you! She's pretty talented with needlework of a few kinds. She sure didn't get it from me 😂 6mo
67 likes2 comments
blurb
staci.reads
post image

I'm going to try to finish up the 5th in the Murderbot series tonight, and tomorrow, I'm starting The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store. I've been looking forward to the McBride for a while now. It should be a good way to start 2024! #lastfirst @BookNAround