July Reading Times Recap


Whew, July was such a busy month and August is going to be even busier. And then classes start again! There are some really great things about being a 37 year old in college, but some terrible things too. Like, the fact that I work full time and have a house to keep up and […]

Chicago NRA Show (not what it sounds like)


One of the perks of having a chef boyfriend is getting to go to badass things like the NRA Show, which, thankfully is not what it sounds like. No, NRA, in this case, stands for National Restaurant Association and the NRA show is basically just like getting samples at Costco except instead of getting like […]

A Hodge Podge of Book Reviews Part 1


I’ve been in the process of moving from my beloved city of Chicago to a smallish town in Iowa, and so it seems I’ve gotten quite behind on my reviews. In total there are about 20 books waiting for me to brilliantly review them, and  more books that are added to that list, the more […]

Book Review | The Fifth Floor by Michael Harvey


The Fifth Floor is the second novel from Michael Harvey, following The Chicago Way, which I reviewed last week. While his first novel read very much like a first novel, The Fifth Flooris much more expertly crafted. Gone are the awkward phrasings, the writing feels much less forced, and the voice is more authentic. The characters […]