Broadway Book Chat

Broadway Book Chat: Lauren Lukacek from Love Never Dies

It's Liberation Day.

As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family.  There is something special about theatre and its ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other.  I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature.  Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and cast mates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!

Lauren Lukacek

Lauren Lukacek

From the National Tour of Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns

www.laurenlukacek.com

Instagram: @laurenlukacek

What are you currently reading?

I’m in the middle of David Sedaris’ latest collection of essays, Calypso.  I’ve loved reading his stuff since my mom first gave me Me Talk Pretty One Day when I was in college.  A lot of the comedic essays I write (about being an actor in New York and all the craziness that goes with it) were inspired by his work.

What is your favorite book series?

I’m not really a book series kind of gal! I did get through all of The Hunger Games books, which I really enjoyed.  But I love reading paper copies of books rather than digital books, and it’s hard to travel multiple books while touring.  A lot of books that I read on tour were hand me downs from other cast members that I found on the free table or that the women’s ensemble kept passing around for an informal book club.  It was easiest to conserve space by reading something and then letting it go.

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I have a huge soft spot for Rosamunde Pilcher.  After college, my mom introduced me to Shell Seekers and  I got hooked on her storytelling.  She has a wonderful way of describing the ins and outs of daily life in a captivating way.  I also love her novel September, which follows some of the same characters as Shell Seekers and expands on the live of characters that were mentioned in her other novels.

What book inspires you and why?

I love Gillian Flynn’s writing style.  Her thrillers are the best kind of writing that draws you in and keeps you turning the page.  She doesn’t give you all the information up front.  Plus her metaphors are some of the best I’ve ever read.  She can pair two unlikely things together to paint such a vivid picture of the situation, you feel like you’re watching it instead of reading it.

Which literary character would you like to play?

Ooh, this is fun! I would love to play Vida Winter from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.  This is one of my favorite books!  I love the complexity of her character — she’s a mystery to everyone that meets her and she constantly changes her story about her childhood.  The novel begins when she summons a local writer to come stay with her and write down the true story of her life before she dies.  How fun would it be to to play her at different ages, with all the things that happen to her in her life? Just such a well written novel and a great story that I would love to tell.

If you could be friends with any of the characters you have played, who would it be and why?

Oh man! I would definitely be friends with Carrie Pipperidge from Carousel.  She’s spunky and fun – and one of those honest friends who will tell you exactly what she is thinking without sugar coating anything.  I adore her wacky sense of humor — and her positive attitude.  She’s a good, loyal friend.

What book would you like to see made into a musical/play/movie?

I used to say they should make The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows into a movie — but they just made it into a really cute Netflix movie! They did a great job with it.  Highly recommend the book and the movie as well.  It’s a quaint, feel good novel.

I would love to see Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos adapted into a musical.  There are a lot of colorful characters in that one that would be fun to see on stage.  The two main characters are women, one of whom is in her seventies — and we could always use more female roles, especially older ones. Plus I would love to see how they would create the mosaic at the end, maybe they could digitally project it onto a screen. Would be fun to see!

What is the next book on your reading list?

I got really into Ernest Hemingway last year after visiting his home in Key West, FL.  I finished A Moveable Feast while I was on tour, which is his recollection of his time living in Paris as a struggling writer with his first wife.  His writing is so simplistic and straightforward.  I learn so much about being a writer just by reading his works.  Now I have A Farewell To Arms waiting for me when I get back to New York after the holidays. 

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Yes! I love to write.  I think it’s so important to have a hobby outside of performing to keep life balanced when performing opportunities are limited.  Writing is that creative outlet for me.  I started writing when I was young, encouraged by my amazing mother who also writes.  I’ve written essays, comedic sketches, TWO novels and I even took a class where I wrote a spec script for television!  I wrote the novels with the help of NaNoWriMo, a nonprofit that encourages you to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, which breaks down to 1667 words a day.  I’ve done it eight years and completed the word goal twice! It’s a great way to stop making excuses not to write and to turn off your inner editor.  The goal is quantity of words, not quality, so even if you feel like you’re writing terribly, you just have to keep going.  The main idea is to get the words down.  I love the audacity of the program — writing a novel in 30 days feels so ambitious and when I complete it, I feel like anything is possible.  It’s a great feeling.  I’m hoping to start editing my novel in the new year and keep that momentum going.

What show are you currently working on?

I just closed the first national tour of Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom of the Opera.  I was a showgirl dancing behind Meg Giry, who became the headliner of a vaudeville act since we last saw her in the first Phantom.  We were the North American debut of the musical and played 41 cities in 16 months!  It was an incredible experience getting to meet and work with Andrew Lloyd Webber.  I’m currently enjoying some down time with family for the holidays.

What is your favorite show you’ve been a part of and why?

I love love loved my time on the first national tour of Cinderella from 2015-2016.  Right before that, I had been a non-union actor for six years and things had been difficult.  I earned my Equity card with that tour when I was cast as an immediate replacement.  I covered Marie, the fairy godmother (I got to fly!) and Madame, the wicked step mother, two very different roles.  I got to go on for both multiple times! Plus I loved my ensemble track.  Dancing in the ball every night in a huge gown was so romantic. 

I also adored the cast, who were all so kind and welcoming when I joined the tour.  I made some great, life long friends there.  Our principals were very inclusive and set the tone for the rest of the cast to be kind, just like the theme of our show. 

I pinched myself daily.  Plus the income from that show allowed me to travel to Europe for the first time during a layoff, a lifelong dream that I couldn’t afford before.  I truly couldn’t believe my good fortune when I booked that show.  It was such a magical time in my life.

You can check out some of Lauren’s essays on her website www.LaurenLukacek.com!!
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Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Hope to Find Under the Christmas Tree

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Happy Holidays bookworms! Like many book addicts, I always have a long list of books I’d love for Santa to bring! In fact, I’d be happy with only books for Christmas.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Books I Hope to Find Under the Christmas Tree, so I picked a select few that I’ve been eyeing to feature on this Christmas day post ! 🙂 I hope everyone has a holiday filled with new adventures to read ❤

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books on my Winter TBR

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Since I am leaving for tour in January, I am currently trying to get through as many hard copy books as I can before I have to live mostly out of my kindle (we’ll see how long I can hold out before needing a real book…) This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is My Winter TBR, so here are 10 books that I am looking forward to getting to (most likely on my kindle) this winter season while I am on the road!


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Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray

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The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

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Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

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Lovestruck by Kate Watson

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The Dating Game by Kiley Roache

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Collide (The Color Alchemist #4) by Nina Walker

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Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

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Enchantée by Gita Trelease
Book Reviews

Review: Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva

37926277Summary: Changing how you think is possible. I wasn’t always so sure that was true until I experienced it myself, but I know now we don’t have to just accept unhappiness. Not always anyway. This book is my collection of tips and suggestions that have helped me achieve happier thinking. It’s sort of a gym for my mind. I’d love to tell you it was easier than the real gym but well… it’s not really. It takes time, effort, and practice but it’s absolutely well worth the rewards.


*I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review! Thanks to Lana Grace Riva for the opportunity!*

My Thoughts: I love a good self-help book.  I am a generally happy person, and love using books like this one to help re-inspire me.  Happier Thinking is a super easy and fast read (it’s only about 40 pages), and was a perfect little pick me up amid the stresses of every day life.  Riva clearly states that she is not a psychology expert, but a normal person who has dealt with negativity and unhappiness and discovered some tricks that worked for her.  The book focuses on training your mind to dwell on the positive instead of the negative thoughts that can take over our minds, and she gives several ideas for how you can start that work (some of which I found that I already try to practice myself).  She has some really great ideas and insightful thoughts, all in a hilarious and relatable voice.  She makes the information fun and accessible, while bringing awareness to our thoughts and the control we actually have over our own mindsets.  This booklet is, by no means, an in depth study or discussion on the how and why of mindfulness, but it is a great starting point for anyone looking to brighten their thoughts.

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Tags

Three Bookish Things Tag

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I was looking for a tag to do for this week, when I saw this one on Ally Writes Things and thought it looked like a fun one 🙂

Three Read Once and Loved Authors

  1. Morgan Matson: I read Save the Date and fell completely in love with the Grant family and Matson’s writing.  I definitely plan to read the rest of her stuff.
  2. Rainbow Rowell: Carry On is now one of my favorite books, and I really want to read Fan Girl too see what inspired it.  My sister is also a huge Rainbow Rowell and recommends so many of her books.
  3. Stephanie Perkins: I finally read Anna and the French Kiss, and I don’t know what took me so long.  I’m really excited to read the rest and hope they are just as good.

Three Titles I’ve Watched But Haven’t Read

  1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks: This movie is just perfection in my opinion, and I just don’t need to read the book.  I’m too attached to what I have in my mind now.
  2. Room by Emma Donoghue: The acting in this movie was incredible, and the plot made my heart race.  I would definitely still be interested in reading this book, even though I know how it ends, because I hear it was incredible.
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: I was forced to watch this before reading the book with a group of friends, and now I have no desire to read it since I know the twists.  It did give me an excuse to cuddle with my now boyfriend for the first time though, so I can’t complain.

Three Characters You Love

  1. Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: Aelin is such a badass, and I love that she is so complicated and imperfect.  One of my favorite heroines to date.
  2. Sookie Stackhouse from the Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris: I just can’t help but love Sookie.  She is so delightful and sassy and different from other main characters.  She is strong and independent while still being super girly and sweet.
  3. Emma Woodhouse from Emma by Jane Austen: Emma is my favorite classic so far that I have read during my Classics Club Challenge, and it’s because of the main character, Emma.  I totally connected with her and watching her meddle was so entertaining.

Three Series Binged

  1. The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: This series.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  I put off reading it for a while, and then when I finally jumped on the band wagon, I couldn’t stop.
  2. The Sookie Stackhouse Series: These books are just so quick and fun, and I love all of the characters so much.  I have one more book left to read after bingeing the rest of them, but I can’t bring myself to read it because I am not ready to be done.
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses: I discovered this series when I first started blogging, and luckily I started it right before the third book came out and I didn’t have to wait at all.  I absolutely loved it and it was one of the series that made me fall in love with blogging.

Three Current Favorite Book Covers

I had a really hard time thinking of these because there are so many that I love.  Here are three that immediately came to mind when thinking about covers.

Three Goals for the Year

  1. Read 10 classics for my classics club challenge (I’ve seriously been struggling on this one)
  2. Get my Netgalley percentage up to 80%
  3. Read 100 books

I tag anyone who wants to do this fun tag! ❤

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books My Roommate Recommends

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My roommate, Joey, and I are both book fanatics, and we love sharing and talking about our current reads.  He is a HUGE fantasy nerd, and last year he read 36 fantasy books alone.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl was a freebie, so I decided to get Joey’s Ten Book Recommendations.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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I loved how weird and quirky it was.  I have never read anything like it.  The cast of characters is amazing and widely diverse.  As someone who predominately reads series, it was unusual for me to find a standalone that was so fulfilling (although I’m pretty sure Gaiman has a sequel in the works now).


The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

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Stephen King is one of the best authors out there and, in his own words, this series is his Magnum Opus.  It is literally perfect and brilliant.  There are no other words to describe it.


The Dragon Bone Chair by Tad Williams

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This book/series is just classic high-fantasy and is done in a way that doesn’t feel cliche.  There are also a ton of plot twists that really surprised me.


Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

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I’ll be the first to admit that this book was an undertaking, and one I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish, but in hindsight it is an incredible book.  It is like if Jane Austen and Charles Dickens wrote a magical book together.  I loved the dynamic between our two main characters, as well as the system of magic in it.


The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan

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This is such a classic fantasy series and provided inspiration for a lot of fantasy authors, and I don’t think you can call yourself an avid fantasy fan without having read this series.


Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice

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This book (and series) is my favorite take on vampires out there.  It has the most in depth and introspective look into the vampires psyche and how complicated it is to be one.  Also Lestat is dreamy.


Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

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I rarely get to see a good love story between two men, and this is such sweet romance.  It was so nice for me to see that representation in a young adult novel.


Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling

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A horrible, trashy, gay, fantasy series.  What more could you ask for?


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I loved the system of magic in this series.  I thought it was super fresh and unique.  It also really didn’t shy away from the heroes’ dark pasts, which I appreciated as it gave them all more depth.  It was nice to see the protagonists not be so chivalrous.


The Silo Series by Hugh Howey

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It’s just another YA dystopian novel, nothing groundbreaking, but it is lesser known and just as well written as the more popular books of its kind.


Book Reviews

Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

7728889Summary:  Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.


My Thoughts:  Wow.  I’m still reeling from this book.  It is completely engrossing.  It has a dark and creepy vibe, a scary villain, and unique, vibrant, and diverse characters.  I really connected with Evie (I’d also love to play her as an actress), but all of the characters were really interesting and had very distinctive personalities.  The pacing is spectacular and I could not put it down.  Not only does this book have a heart-racing plot, but it established the over-arcing mystery for the rest of the series which really impressed me, and made me so excited to find out more.  There were small mentions that seemed insignificant at first, that really helped to develop and establish the world of the series.  I loved the 1920’s Manhattan setting (which was well researched and very clearly painted) and the mystical elements were so unique and fascinating.  Sometimes the dialogue seemed a little much with the exaggerated 1920’s slang, but I found it entertaining, and it was a great juxtaposition to the dark aura of the rest of the book.  I don’t know what took me so long to pick this up, especially since I was madly in love with Bray’s Gemma Doyle Trilogy, but I’m SO glad that I finally did.  It was really fantastic and I cannot wait to see what is in store in the next book.  Definitely one of my top reads of the year.

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Discussion Posts

Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #6

I joined Goodreads a few years ago, way before I started blogging, so my profile is kind of a mess.  I really want to clean it up so I can make better use of it.  I thought what a better way to do that than to join the Down the TBR Hole meme started by Lia @Lost In a Story! I am going to do it once a month instead of weekly, and hopefully make my Goodreads a pleasant place to be again.

Here is how it works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner

80536Rebecca Rothstein-Rabinowitz is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband, supportive friends, a restaurant that’s received citywide acclaim, a beautiful baby girl…and the mother-in-law from hell. 
Kelly Day’s life looks picture-perfect. But behind the doors of her largely empty apartment, she’s struggling to balance work and motherhood and marriage, while entering Oliver’s every move (and movement) on a spreadsheet, and dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day. 
And Ayinde Towne is already on shaky ground, trying to live her life to the letter of a how-to guide called Baby Success, when her basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at the most vulnerable moment in her life, putting their marriage in peril — and their new family even more in the public eye. 
Then there’s Lia Frederick, a Philadelphia native who has just come home, leaving Los Angeles behind, along with her glamorous Hollywood career, her husband, and a tragic secret, to start her life all over again. 
With her trademark warmth and humor, Weiner tells the story of what happens after happily ever after…and how an eight-pound bundle of joy can shake up every woman’s sense of herself in the world around her. 
From prenatal yoga to postbirth sex, from sisters and husbands to mothers and mothers-in-law, Little Earthquakes is a frank, funny, fiercely perceptive Diaper Genie-eye view of the comedies and tragedies of love and marriage.

My Thoughts: I’m sure I would probably like this book, but right now it’s just not capturing my attention.  I have way too many books that I’m dying to read, that I most likely will never get around to it anyways.  VERDICT: TOSS


P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were 366522thekind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!

My Thoughts:This movie is one of my favorites, and when I saw it was based on a book I immediately added it to my list.  Since I already know what happens, and I am happy with the movie, I don’t think this book is high on my priority list.  VERDICT: TOSS


 

Bookends by Jane Green

22649Catherine Warner and Simon Nelson are best friends: total opposites, always together, and both unlucky in love. Cath is scatterbrained, messy, and–since she had her heart broken a few years back–emotionally closed off. Si is impossibly tidy, bitchy, and desperate for a man of his own. They live in London’s West Hampstead along with their lifelong friends, Josh and Lucy, who are happily married with a devil-spawn child and a terrifying Swedish nanny, Ingrid.

All’s well (sort of) until the sudden arrival of a college friend–the stunningly beautiful Portia, who’s known for breaking hearts. Though they’ve grown up and grown apart from Portia, the four friends welcome her back into the fold. But does Portia have a hidden agenda or is she merely looking to reconnect with old friends? Her reappearance soon unleashes a rollicking series of events that tests the foursome’s friendships to the limit and leaves them wondering if a happy ending is in store.

Fortunately, Cath has plenty to take her mind off Portia’s schemes–like her gutsy decision to leave her job in advertising to fulfill her dream of opening a bookstore. And then there’s James, the sexy real-estate agent who keeps dropping by even after the bookstore deal is done. With his irresistible smile and boyish charm could he be the one to melt Cath’s heart? 

Told with Jane Green’s captivating wit and flare, Bookends is above all a story about friendship–its twists, turns and complications–and how it weathers the challenges of love, ambition, marriage, and, most of all, growing up. Warmhearted, sophisticated, and full of delicious surprises, Bookends is Green’s most dazzling novel yet.

My Thoughts: This sounds really fun, and while it will probably remain low on my list, I still think I am interested in it for now.  VERDICT: KEEP


Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

Addie Downs and Valerie Adler were eight when they first met and decided to be best 6066819friends forever. But, in the wake of tragedy and betrayal during their teenage years, everything changed. Val went on to fame and fortune. Addie stayed behind in their small Midwestern town. Destiny, however, had more in store for these two. And when, twenty-five years later, Val shows up at Addie’s front door with blood on her coat and terror on her face, it is the beginning of a wild adventure for two women joined by love and history who find strength together that they could not find alone. 

My Thoughts: I went in thinking this was gonna be a for sure toss, but the summary interested me.  I also am a sucker for a good friendship story.  VERDICT: KEEP


Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes

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With invitations to high-profile baby showers and benefits, more Marc Jacobs clothes than is decent, and a department store heiress for a best friend, our heroine known only as Moi is living at the peak of New York society. But what is Moi to do when her engagement falls apart? Can she ever find happiness in a city filled with the distractions of Front Row Girls, dermatologists, premieres, and eyebrow waxes? Is it possible to find love in a town where her friends think that the secret to happiness is getting invited to the Van Cleef and Arpels private sample sale? And how is she going to deal with the endless phone calls from her mother in England demanding that she get married to the Earl next door?

With enormous wit and an insider’s eye, Sykes captures the nuances of the rich and spoiled in a heartwarming social satire, featuring a loveable “champagne bubble of a girl” who’s just looking for love (and maybe the perfect pair of Chloe jeans).

My Thoughts: I’m really on the fence with this one.  I’m sure it would be entertaining, and I know when I added this book to my TBR it was my favorite kind of read, but I don’t read as much chick-lit as I used to… hmmm. VERDICT: TOSS (for now)


Well, we’re still in the depth of my 2011 chick-lit obsession, but we’re whittling it down slowly, but surely.  Even the ones I kept will probably have low priority on the list, but they still sound good to me.  What do you guys think about my choices this time? Let me know in the comments! ❤

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Wintry Reads to Curl Up by the Fire With

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Now that winter is in full swing, what could be better than curling up by the fire with a good read?  Unfortunately, I don’t have a fireplace in my apartment, but we have a lot of candles and the Netflix fireplace, so that will have to do for now.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is 10 Cozy/Wintry Books.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest

Murder On the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Monthly Wrap-Ups

November 2018 Wrap-Up

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I cannot believe how fast this month flew by.  It seems like just yesterday I was packing for my month away from the city, and now I’m back in my cozy apartment preparing for my next adventure.  This month started off in Sonoma, CA with my Bullets Over Broadway family, where we celebrated one of our own with the most beautiful wedding.  I also got to see my boyfriend, who is currently on tour, after a couple months apart.  After the wedding, I flew home to Wisconsin to spend the rest of the month and the Thanksgiving holiday with my family.  It was the first time all 5 of us have been together in a while, and it was so nice to have that quality time.  Since I was super busy this month, my reading was a bit slower, but I’m glad I used that time to be with my loved ones.

My December is about to start off with a bang, as I begin rehearsing for the National Tour of Cats on Monday! I am incredibly excited, and cannot wait to get started on this dream come true.  Since I will be deeply in the rehearsal process, my blogging is going to take a bit of a back seat.  I am going to try to keep up as much as I can, but bear with me as I try to balance it all.


Books Read:

The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee  ★★★★★

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins ★★★★★

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso ★★★★

The Diviners by Libba Bray ★★★★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenges:

Goodreads Challenge: 74 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 17 of 26

Classics Club Challenge: Once again… 4 of 50.  No progress. Whoops.


Broadway Book Chat: Jeff Brooks

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November Reviews

When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins • The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso •

November Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Backlist Books I Want to Move Up the List • Down the TBR Hole #5 • Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Merchandise I’d Like to OwnNope! Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Thankful for Recommendations • Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Platonic Relationships in Books •