BOTM Book of the Year | 2021

The votes are in and Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds is Book of the Month’s Lolly Winner! What is the Lolly award, you might ask? “The Lolly” is a tribute to Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner, the very first book ever selected by Book of the Month back in 1926. At the time, BOTM judges voted…

The Maid

Buckle in for an unpopular opinion. Molly the maid, works at a hotel, as you guessed it a maid. Molly loves her job as a Maid and getting to ‘return rooms to a state of perfection’ is the highlight of her day. She loves keeping things clean and her attention to detail makes her perfect…

A History of Wild Places

Alright ya’ll, I am thoroughly conflicted writing this review. On one hand it was one of my most anticipated upcoming releases and I think the story is imaginative and well written. On the other hand it takes us forever to get where we need to go, and I found myself counting pages one too many…

Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead

Finlay Donovan is coming back & this time someone has a hit out on her ex-husband. & just like in Finlay Donovan is Killing it, hilarity ensues! FINLAY DONOVAN IS KILLING IT REVIEW If you read the first book in the series, you’ll know that you have to go in expecting these books to be…

December 2021 | BOTM Predictions

It’s the final countdown dun nununu! Or really more just my final predictions for the final BOTM box of 2021! December is always such a toss up when it comes to BOTM picks. December is a fairly light publishing month due to the holidays and so we tend to see some very interesting choices show…

Plain Bad Heroines

I was on a bit of a roller coaster with this book and after finishing this book my feelings for it are conflicted. On one hand I really enjoyed the creepy boarding school vibe, the trippy ‘magic’, and the originality of the story. On the other hand there were some parts of the story that…

December 2021 Most Anticipated New Releases

The last new releases for 2021 are coming soon. Sharing my December 2021 Most Anticipated list a bit early this month to help you stock up for the holiday season and to take advantage of some of those holiday book sales! December is a pretty light month for new releases, especially this year. Most of…

October 2021 Wrap Up

Welcome back to another Monthly Wrap Up here at Speaking Of! I have been awful at posting wrap ups this year, because boy has it been a year! We sold our first home, bought a new house, moved cities, and are gearing up to welcome a new family member in 2022. Busy doesn’t even begin…

Hello, Transcriber

Hazel Greenlee is broken. Her dreams of being a published author seem distant, she’s living in a Wisconsin’s most crime ridden city, and her marriage is less than stellar. When she gets a new job as a transcriber for the local police station, Hazel is not only dragged into a gruesome murder but is forced…