Summer Reading...will have me some fun!

Summer has officially been here for a few days and I am almost finished my first read.  It was just that good. Ibegan with Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.  Missing from my photo is the yet to be released novel, Glass Houses by Louise Penny.  She never disappoints.  I look forward to making my way through the pile.

Happy Reading.


The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

I put this book back on the shelf a week ago and I am still thinking about it.  So the first book of 2017 that has impressed me comes from my daughters bookshelf.  That doesn't mean this book is YA necessarily.  

A story of wealthy families, unhappy kids, and an intentional act of desperation all combine to bring us this unsettling saga while trying to determine what does the 'American Dream' mean to our youth today.

Read Lindsey Lee Johnson's debut novel today! 


Mapping my Reading Habits

Lately I am having a hard time finding books that excite me.  It has been months since I stayed up way past my bedtime to read just one more chapter.  Why is this?  I decided to go back over the past few years books and see what books I loved and when I read them. Am I more apt to like a book sitting outside with birds singing and the sun shining?  Cozying up to a fire with a glass of red?

History has shown that the answer is no, so whats going on?  Am I making poor choices?  

I am going to conduct an experiment and start choosing books that are not on my long list of TBR.  I will buy what is popular, what is on the best seller list, what my neighbor recommends.  Book one will be a book gifted to me at Christmas.  Wish me luck.




Hello, it has been awhile.  I have been working hard on changes and content.  Hope to begin posting soon.


Q & A for hausfrau

I have grown to love the complexities of this story.

hausfrau Questions & Answers segment 


Book Club Questions & Answers

Jill Alexander Essbaum wrote such an interesting character, Anna Benz in her novel Hausfrau.  My opinions have changed since reading this book the first time.  Why?  Come check out the Q & A section for hausfrau soon and see why.


How Did hausfrau Rate?

This shocking tale rated higher than I thought it would.  Come and see why.

hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum



A story where the first line and last line of the book speak volumes.  Let our discussion begin with hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum.


Leap Year Starts it Again

I cannot believe how long it has been since I posted.  I am guilty of getting tangled in way too many "things" since the New Year.  After prioritizing, I woke up this morning rejuvenated.  Enjoying my first cup of coffee in solitude I looked over my list of books I have recently read.  I hesitated at one book and my mind wondered to the main character.  So many emotions went through my mind. There were too many nonentities for me with this novel. Do I like the story? Do I like the protagonist? Did I empathize with her at any time?  It is because of all these questions that I have decided to begin year four of The Book Boutique with Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum


Gift Buying this Holiday Season

I was recently asked by a long lost acquaintance what some of my favorite books were.  I had to stop and think.  She said she was not a reader but would love to pick up a few books to read this holiday season.  I was stumped then but now I can list some.  Here are a few of my go to books for gifts,

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Happy shopping.