Now Reading, Reviews, and Recommendations



Eli post. The bookworm life is just my back up profession, my full-time job is selling beer for a bunch of craft breweries that I represent. Currently reading Business for Punks by James Watt, the owner of Brewdog.



Can we just talk a minute about how stunning this cover is?! Finally picking up Fable by Adrienne Young. Special thanks to Wednesday Books for choosing me as one of the winners of the preorder incentive! Love my tote and the candle is delicious 



Beyond excited that I received an advance copy of Kristin Hannah‘s new book, The Four Winds!! A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending it my way! Mark your calendars now, The Four Winds comes out February 9th. Have a great week bookworms, and happy reading!



Thanks to everyone who came out for The Bookworm’s sidewalk sale yesterday!! Today, I’m trying my first audio book, and listening to Mindy Kaling’s new collection of essays, Nothing Like I Imagined. Happy Reading!



A new season of Schitt’s Creek and a book I’ve been dying to read? Sounds like I’ll be splitting my time between the Rosebud Motel and the Sun Down Motel this weekend!

REVIEW – The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James   indexindexindexindex111

Great book! I loved the spooky/ghost aspects of it, but I wanted more explanation/wrap-up at the end with the with ghosts. I feel like it needed more closure.



Started The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth last night, and I am loving it! Have a great day bookworms, and don’t forget about our $5 bag of books sidewalk sale coming up THIS SATURDAY

REVIEW – The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth   indexindexindexindex111

The Mother-in-Law has been on my radar for months, so glad I finally picked it up! It was my first Sally Hepworth, and it definitely won’t be my last



I’m currently reading Heart of Stone, the final book in Kelly Keaton’s Gods and Monsters series. Don’t forget our $5 bag of books sidewalk sale coming up on Saturday from 9-1!

REVIEW – Heart of Stone by Kelly Keaton   indexindexindexindex111

While I enjoyed having another book in this series, I don’t feel like a whole lot happened to further the story? And it ended on another cliffhanger, but there isn’t another book coming…

Still liked it, love the characters and the world of New 2. Crossing my fingers we get another book in the series!



Eli post – Cortney said I can’t add Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape to my Goodreads unless I cook my way through it, so here’s the first 3 recipes. Happy eating! 



I’m so excited that I finally got my hot little hands on a copy of The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter. I’ll be spending my day devouring this!

REVIEW – The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter   indexindexindexindexindex

Fantastic book! Just further evidence on why Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite authors.



Hello October!
I’m starting Heather Gudenkauf’s newest book, This is How I Lied. Have a great day and happy reading!

REVIEW – This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf   indexindexindexindex111

Really good book! Took a little bit to get into, and it was repetitive at times, but I really enjoyed it! I thought everyone was guilty at one point, which is definitely a sign of a good story, especially for someone like me who reads so many suspense novels. I also read The Weight of Silence by this author and enjoyed that one too.



Hello Tuesday! I’m currently reading A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel

REVIEW – A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel   indexindexindexindex111

I love a story with an unreliable narrator, and A Danger to Herself and Others was no exception! Right at the beginning, Hannah tells you that she is lying about something inconsequential, so I spent the rest of the book questioning everything she stated as fact… which I’m sure was the author intended. Really good story and writing!



The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was one of my favorite books as a child, so I’m revisiting Misselthwaite Manor with Mary today. indexindexindexindexindex



Currently reading Two Truths and a Lie by Meg Mitchell Moore. Stop by The Bookworm today from 10-7 to grab some great books to read over the weekend!

REVIEW – Two Truths and a Lie by Meg Mitchell Moore   indexindex111111111

Honestly? I think this book was a mess… waaaayyy too many characters to keep track of, the entire format was confusing, and I wasn’t thrilled nor surprised about anything that happened. Don’t be fooled by this gorgeous cover, it was mediocre at best.



First time getting my hair done in months and I could not feel safer! If you’re looking for a new salon, check out @lauraandcosalon. Well-deserved winner of Best of the Grand Strand (again!) Currently reading Bitter End by Jennifer Brown.

REVIEW – Bitter End by Jennifer Brown   indexindex111111111

Serious subject, but bad writing and terrible characters.



Hey all you cool cats and kittens, Eli here. Taking over today and rereading Timothy Zahn’s original Star Wars Thrawn trilogy. It’s been 25 years since the first time I read this series. How often do you reread your favorite books?



Good morning bookies! I am reading Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin… I have loved the other books I’ve read by her (Teenage Amnesiac, Young Jane Young, and especially the Birthright trilogy) so I’m looking forward to diving into this one. Have a great day!

REVIEW – Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin   indexindex111111111

Eh, this was just OK for me. I’ve read 5 other books of hers that I really loved, but this one was unremarkable. 2 stars



How quickly Monday rolls around again… Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! I’m reading the final book in the Heirs of Watson Island Trilogy by Martina Boone, Illusion. Happy Reading!

REVIEW – Illusion by Martina Boone  indexindexindex111111

Eh, this was OK. Honestly after how much I loved the first one, both #2 and #3 in this trilogy were lackluster, disappointing, and boring.



A big thank you to @harperperennial for sending me an advance copy of Santa Monica by Cassidy Lucas!!



The Halloween decorations are down from the attic, so now I need a good book to get me in the spirit! Currently reading My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

REVIEW – My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix   indexindexindexindex111

This book had a 5 star rating until the murder of the dog. That’s too much for me.

I also wish we had more of an idea why and how this all happened. Personally, I need a good explanation. The vague reasoning was really unsatisfying.

Still a really great book that kept me on the edge until the end.



It’s your favorite backup bookworm Eli, reading the next book in Clive Cussler’s Oregon Files, Plague Ship.



Good morning bookworms! I am reading the latest book in the Tradd Street series by Karen White, The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street 🎄🎄🎄 Have a great day and Happy Reading!

REVIEW – The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White   indexindexindex111111

3.5 stars rounded down

I’ve really enjoyed this series, but I feel like it’s the same thing over and over and over again… Everyone keeps sweets away from Melanie. Melanie and Sophie just make fun of each other’s clothes. Melanie and Jack continue to lie and keep things from each other. Melanie is in a snit over something. It’s gotten old. If there wasn’t just 1 book left in the series, I honestly don’t know if I’d continue with it…



Hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend! I’m spending the afternoon with Shari Lapena’s Someone We Know. She never disappoints! ☠️🔨☠️

REVIEW – Someone We Know by Shari Lapena   indexindexindexindex111

Shari Lapena never disappoints! I love her writing style and the character building she does. Even though I figured out the circumstances and who killed Amanda pretty early on, I still really enjoyed this book. I started it on a Sunday morning and read it until I was finished. Can’t wait to read her new one!



Happy Friday! I’m reading Shamed by Linda Castillo, the newest book in the Kate Burkholder series, and enjoying one of the new Novelly Yours candles we are adding to The Bookworm! Is there anything better than a good book and a yummy candle?!

REVIEW – Shamed by Linda Castillo   indexindexindex111111

I’ve dipped into this series a few times, and always really, really enjoyed them. So when the newest book came into the store, I knew I wanted to read it before it made it’s way on the shelf.

Unfortunately, it was disappointing. I knew exactly what the circumstances were and who did the kidnapping right from the beginning. Kate knew it too, but it was always just a little out of reach for her to verbalize it. She also just kept letting witnesses clam up, even though a little girl had been kidnapped. It was frustrating. But without her letting them off the hook repeatedly, we wouldn’t have had an extra 4 murders, and therefore wouldn’t have had the book.

Definitely a stretch that this is how a seasoned Chief of Police would actually act in this situation



Excited to be starting The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book!
REVIEW – The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stell Fortuna by Juliet Grames   indexindexindexindex111

I really, really enjoyed this book! It definitely wasn’t the type of book you can fly through in a day, but it was a great story spanning the entire life of Stella Fortuna.

I also enjoyed the format the author used, telling the story from her granddaughter’s perspective.

Great book!



Good morning bookworms! I’m currently reading Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia 💗

REVIEW – Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia    indexindexindexindex111

Kami Garcia never disappoints…

While I didn’t love Broken Beautiful Hearts quite as much as The Lovely Reckless, it was still great! Peyton got on my nerves (which is probably why this is a 4 and not a 5 star review), but the rest of the characters were all perfection. Especially Owen and the twins. Can the twins get a spin-off please?

Really enjoyed this book!



**The Bookworm is OPEN from 10-5** Happy Labor Day! Eli here – reading the book one of my favorite movies is based on, The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Did you like the book or the movie better?



I’ve been making my way through all of Colleen Hoover’s books… So far, it’s a tie between November 9 and Confess as my favorite 💗 Currently reading It Ends With Us. Which one did you love best?

REVIEW – It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover   indexindexindexindexindex

Oh my heart!

I’ve been making my way through all of Colleen Hoover’s books… this might just be my new favorite.

Amazing writing, as always. Absolutely loved the characters and both story lines.

Excuse me while I go redo my eye makeup



Hope you all have a fun and safe holiday weekend! I’ll be reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley. The Bookworm will be open regular business hours today and Monday… Stop by and see us!

REVIEW – The Guest List by Lucy Foley    indexindexindex111111

Honestly? I don’t get the hype over this book…

It was decent, but that’s about the best I can give it. I figured out most of the “twists” pretty early on, and I just kept saying to myself “move it along!”

Solid 3 stars, but nothing special



📚🌞Good Morning🌞📚 I’ll be at The Bookworm alllll day today, reading What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman. Stop by from 10-7 and grab some great new-to-you books for the holiday weekend! Stay safe everyone and happy reading!! 📚🌞We will be open regular hours on Labor Day🌞📚

REVIEW – What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman   indexindexindexindex111

What a weird trip this book took me on…

What We Buried has been on my radar for awhile, but I wasn’t too sure about it because the ratings aren’t stellar. I decided to read it anyway, and I’m glad I did!

I was definitely a little confused at times, and anyone who reads my reviews knows I need a concrete ending that answers all my questions. This book didn’t give me that, and strangely, I’m OK with it. The whole book kept me questioning what was actually going on, so why should the ending be any different?

If you like unreliable narrators and endings left up to your interpretation, don’t let the 3.3 rating sway you away… It was definitely worth the read for me!



We’ve had a ton of new books hit the shelf lately…stop by The Bookworm this week to check them out! We are open M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7. I’ll be reading Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind today. Don’t forget we offer curbside pickup and US shipping too 📚🛍️📚 Have a great week everyone and Happy Reading!

REVIEW – Flowers in the Attic/Petals on the Wind by V.C. Andrews  indexindexindexindex111



None of the books on my “to read” pile are appealing to me today, so I decided to dust off an old favorite… Rereading Rescue Me by Gigi Levangie



Good morning! I’m currently reading White Bodies by Jane Robbins.

REVIEW – White Bodies by Jane Robins   indexindexindex111111

Nothing special about this book… definitely deserving of it’s 3.3 rating.



Good Morning! I’m reading Persuasion, the second book in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy by Martina Boone. Stop by The Bookworm today and grab some great new-to-you reads! I’ll be there from 10-7 📚📚📚

REVIEW – Persuasion by Martina Boone   indexindexindex111111

For as much as I loved Compulsion, Persuasion was a pretty mediocre follow up. Will definitely finish up the trilogy… I’m holding out hope the last one is better than this one.



True love is letting your husband read your Goodreads win before you do… Eli is currently reading The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi



I decided to skip my TBR pile all together and grab the final book in the Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab. Currently reading A Conjuring of Light

REVIEW – A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab   indexindexindexindexindex

Fantastic ending to a great series!! I just loved all of these characters so much.



I read Sadie a few summers ago and just absolutely loved it… So when @wednesdaybooks rereleased Courtney Summers first book, I knew I had to get it… Currently reading Cracked Up to Be

REVIEW – Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers   indexindexindexindex111

This wasn’t an easy book to read… it was sad and upsetting, but I’m really glad I did. There is something about Courtney Summers’ writing that is just so real. Even with how self-destructive Parker was, you couldn’t help rooting for her.



I was the tender age of 27 when I first read Twilight and just fell in love with the story (definitely the target audience, right? 👵😅👵) So very excited to get to revisit the world of Forks with my number 1… Happily, finally reading Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
REVIEW – Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer   indexindexindexindexindex

It was oh so angsty, it was really wordy, but I loved every page of it!



I loved Renee Knight’s first book, Disclaimer, so I’m really excited to read her latest, The Secretary. I’ll be at The Bookworm allllll week, so stop by and grab some great new-to-you reads! Our hours are M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7

REVIEW – The Secretary by Renee Knight   indexindex111111111

Very underwhelming book.

I loved her first book Disclaimer so much, this was such a disappointment compared to that.

All this build up in the story to a trial over ***check Goodreads to view spoiler*** Ugh, what a waste.

The jumping timelines back and forth caused unnecessary confusion too.

REVIEW – Little Miss Little Compton by Arden Myrin indexindexindexindex111

I’m such a big fan of Arden Myrin’s… she was my favorite panelist on Chelsea Handler’s show, I loved her stalker character in Psych, and she is the best part of Insatiable.

I enjoyed learning about her life and what makes her tick… especially loved the story about when she first started dating her husband. Wish there was more about her acting and stories about being on set though.

Definitely give it a read if you’re a fan!



It’s a dreary day in Myrtle Beach… perfect for reading and snuggling with my dogs 🐾📚🐾 Thanks to Running Press for sending me an advance copy of Arden Myrin’s memoir, Little Miss Little Compton. She was always my favorite panelist on @chelseahandler’s show, and she’s the very best part of @insatiable, which was cancelled way too soon… But at least I still have a little more Arden in my life. Have a great day and Happy Reading!



I wasn’t sure whether to read the Dollanganger series in the order it was published or the order in which it happened… Since I already know the story, I decided to start at the beginning with the grandmother’s story. Currently reading Garden of Shadows by V.C. Andrews 🥀🥀🥀🥀 Have a great weekend everyone and happy reading!   indexindexindexindex111



It’s Eli at The Bookworm today, reading the next book in Clive Cussler’s Oregon Files series, Skeleton Coast. Stop by from 10-7 and grab yourself some awesome beach reads (and maybe get attacked by skeleton mermaids) 💀🧜💀

REVIEW – I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid  indexindexindexindex111

I told my husband the other day that I needed something different to read… well, I got it

I’m Thinking of Ending Things has been on my radar for years, but when I saw that Toni Collette was going to be in the Netflix adaptation, I immediately bought it.

It was something. Definitely the “different” I was looking for. It was weird, creepy, and so good! I feel like this is a smart person book… between the intellectual (and pretentious) conversations in the car and the symbolism that I just blew through (annnnddd you just figured out what side of the coin I am on the smart vs. dumb), it definitely made me think way more than usual. But at the end of the day, it was super unique and I really enjoyed it!



REVIEW – Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier  indexindexindexindex111

Jennifer Hillier is one of my go-to authors. While Little Secrets wasn’t my favorite books of hers, I still really enjoyed it. It was more of a slow burn until the last 75 pages… that twist still has my head spinning!

Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!



Finally got my hot little hands on this beauty! I stumbled across Jennifer Hillier years ago and she’s become one of my favorite, go-to authors. If you haven’t read her yet, you’re definitely missing out (start with Creep & Freak, they’re fantastic). Now, please excuse me for the next 6-8 hours while I devour Little Secrets. Have a great day bookworms!

REVIEW – The Perfect Son by Lauren North indexindex111111111

What an underwhelming book.

The writing felt repetitive, the story was just OK, and I figured out the twist practically at the beginning.

The ending was a little bit better, but not definitely not enough to raise my 2 star rating. I’m really surprised the overall rating on this book is so high. But, to each her own.



Happy sunny Saturday! 🌞 Anyone else have a really long week? 🙋🏻‍♀️ I’m starting The Perfect Son by Lauren North, and just might stay in bed until I finish it 🤗 Have a great weekend and happy reading! 📚🤍📚



Eli post – Just finished reading The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. What was the last classic you read?

REVIEW – Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham indexindexindexindexindex

Just finished rewatching Gilmore Girls, so it was the perfect time to pick this book up.

I would have loved another 100 pages about her time filming Gilmore Girls, but I still really enjoyed this book.

And yes, it definitely ended on a cliffhanger…



Just finished our quarantine binge of Gilmore Girls (that ending!) so it felt like the perfect time to pick up Lauren Graham’s memoir, Talking as Fast as I Can. Have a great day bookworms!

REVIEW – A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab indexindexindexindex111

High fantasy is not normally the type of book I enjoy, but I loved her Monsters of Verity duology so much that I grabbed the Shades of Magic trilogy anyway, and I’m really glad I did.

A Gathering of Shadows took me 2 weeks to get through, but I really, really enjoyed it. There’s just something about her storytelling and the dynamic characters that keep me wanting more

While I’m in the world of the 3 Londons, I think I’m just going to roll into the last book…



Penelope and I are reading the next book in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series, A Gathering of Shadows. Hope you all fared well during the storm! The Bookworm will be open regular hours today 📚🐾📚

REVIEW – The Hidden Gallery by MaryRose Wood indexindexindexindexindex

Enjoyed another adventure with the Incorrigibles and Penelope and I loved the addition of Simon! I hope we see him in the next book too



Reading the 2nd book in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood – The Hidden Gallery. Enjoy your weekend!

REVIEW – Eventide by Sarah Goodman indexindexindexindex111

3.5 stars rounded up

Eventide was pretty good, but I just wanted more of everything… I wish the creepy factor and the mystery of it all had been flushed out more. Still a quick and enjoyable read.



Happy Fri-yay! Thanks to Tor Teen for sending me an advance copy of Eventide by Sarah Goodman! I’ll be digging into this today. Stay safe everyone and happy reading
REVIEW – Compulsion by Martina Boone indexindexindexindexindex

Absolutely loved this book! I’ve had it sitting on my shelf for years… so glad I finally picked it up!

I was only a few chapters in before I ordered the next 2 books in the trilogy.



I’ve had Compulsion by Martina Boone sitting on my bookshelf for years and finally just picked it up. I’m so glad I did, I love it! Best part, it’s a trilogy, so now I have 2 other books to look forward to. Have a great day bookworms and happy reading!



Hey, it’s Eli. Thanks to Hachette Books for sending me an advance copy of Bad Religion’s memoir, Do What You Want. If you’re a fan of theirs, or even punk rock, definitely pick this up. 5 stars from me

REVIEW – Calendar Girl Volume 4 by Audrey Carlan indexindexindexindex111

It was the happy, cheesy ending we all wanted after going on this journey. Really appreciated the epilogue and extra goodies at the end!!



Good morning bookworms! I’ve been making my way through the Calendar Girl series by Audrey Carlan… Just starting the final volume 💗💋🔥 Stop by The Bookworm this week and grab some great new-to-you beach reads! 🌞📚🌞 We’re open M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7. See you soon and happy reading!

REVIEW – Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger   indexindexindexindex111

This was my first book by Cristina Alger, and it won’t be my last.

Girls Like Us was an enjoyable and quick read. I wish the details and the mystery had all been expanded on more, but I still really liked it. Had a little trouble connecting with the MC at the beginning, but the further I got into the book, the more I was rooting for her.



Hello Sunday! I’m heading to the pool today with Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger. What are you reading?

REVIEW – Squad by Mariah MacCarthy indexindexindex111111

The first half of the book had a lot of promise, but the second half didn’t deliver. Still a decent book, but the main conflict between Jenna and Raejean was never really explained. Why did their friendship fall apart? Wasn’t that the basis of this entire book?

Quick and easy read, but definitely deserving of it’s 3.3 overall rating.





I ordered Skye Alexander’s book 🦄Unicorns: The Myths, Legends, and Lore🦄 for our littlest bookworm, not realizing it was a full grown, 200+ page book with limited pictures. So, I’m going to read it and stick it on the shelf to give Charlee in about 10 years 😆 Have a magical day! 🦄



Eli post – I’ve always loved visiting and eating in New Orleans. Cortney and I went for Halloween a few years ago, and it was definitely an experience! I’m currently reading The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld by Herbert Asbury. Stop by The Bookworm this week and check out all the new stock we’ve gotten in!

REVIEW – The Royal Secret by Lucinda Riley   indexindexindexindex111

This was my first Lucinda Riley book, and I really enjoyed it. You definitely have to take into account that it was written over 20 years ago and rereleased. It could have used some editing (it didn’t need to be 500 pages to tell this story), but I ended up really liking it. I’ll definitely read more of her books in the future.



Good Morning! I’m starting my first Lucinda Riley book, The Royal Secret 👑 Stop by and see me at The Bookworm this week… We’re open M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7

REVIEW – Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power indexindexindex111111

While I didn’t enjoy Burn Our Bodies Down nearly as much as Wilder Girls, I still thought it was a decent book.

I could have done without Margot’s constant internal monologue analyzing EVERYTHING everyone said and did. It made the book feel really repetitive, and it just made me annoyed with her character. I wish the author had taken all of that and expanded on the mystery instead. The last 75 pages were great, but I wanted so much more.

Still a solid 3, but considering how much I loved Wilder Girls, this was a disappointment.



Wilder Girls was one of my favorite books from last year, so I cannot wait to start Rory Power’s latest book, Burn Our Bodies Down. I’ll be reading this at The Bookworm from 10-7 today. Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!

REVIEW – Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg 


The movie Fried Green Tomatoes has always been a favorite of mine, so I finally decided to pick up the book.

I love this story, but knowing the movie so well, I really didn’t need to read the book too. Still absolutely enjoyed it.



The movie Fried Green Tomatoes has always been a favorite of mine, so it’s about time I read the book, right?! Finally starting Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg… and check out this adorable bookworm hedgehog pin we just added to the store!

REVIEW – Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle   indexindexindexindexindex

4.5 stars rounded up

I started this book yesterday morning and read it every chance I got until I finished it… I was hooked from the first page!

I had the bad guy pinned pretty early on, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this book.



REVIEW – The Playground by Jane Shemilt   indexindexindexindex111

3.5 stars rounded up

I really enjoy Jane Shemilt’s writing… The Playground was a good story, but not really the suspense I was expecting. I’m not sure if the twist was supposed to be a twist, but I knew how it was going to end from the start.

Still really enjoyed it! Looking forward to reading what she comes up with next.



Happy Saturday! I loved Jane Shemilt’s book The Daughter, so I’m really excited to read her latest, The Playground. Have a safe weekend and Happy Reading!




I recently read the first book in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Mayrose Wood and loved this adorable book! Now I’m on the hunt for the rest of the series #bookwormproblems 😆 Have a great day!

REVIEW – The Shadows by Alex North   indexindexindexindexindex

4.5 stars rounded up

Great follow up to The Whisper Man… I actually even liked The Shadows better.

Quick, easy read, good characters, unexpected twists. Really, really enjoyed it!



When Celadon Books sent me an advance copy of Alex North’s first book, The Whisper Man, Eli helped himself and started it before I even got home. This time around, he at least asked nicely… He finished it last night and loved it, so now it’s my turn. Happy Pub Day to Alex North’s latest book, The Shadows!! I’ll be reading this at The Bookworm all day. Stop by from 10-5 and make sure you add The Shadows to your must read list!

REVIEW – Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover   indexindexindexindex111

3.5 stars (I really don’t want to round up or down… I’m looking at you Goodreads)

Oh the angst! Oh the tears!

While it wasn’t my favorite Colleen Hoover book, it was still good, if a little cheesy. It became a running joke with me and my husband that I would announce “And she’s crying again…” He lost count. Seriously, all Sydney did was cry.

I guess I’ll round up because I enjoyed it more than I didn’t.



I wasn’t a big fan of Verity (😳gasp😳) so I’m going back to what Colleen Hoover does best… Reading Maybe Someday

REVIEW – The Wedding Thief by Mary Simses   indexindexindex111111

I liked the premise of the book, but it didn’t really deliver. The writing was just OK, and I didn’t like a single character. Easy read, but it wasn’t great.



🇺🇲 Happy 4th of July!! 🇺🇲
The Bookworm will be OPEN today from 10-2 and following the mandatory face mask order of Horry County 😷 Please make sure to grab your mask before heading our way! I’ll be reading The Wedding Thief by Mary Simses, which comes out on Tuesday 💒 Stay safe, enjoy your weekend, and happy reading!! 🌞📚🍻🎆

REVIEW – The Furies by Katie Lowe   indexindex111111111

DNF at 50%

I just can’t force myself to read anymore of this book. I’ve been reading (avoiding) it for weeks, and I have too many shiny books sitting on my TBR pile to waste any more time on it.

It wasn’t awful, I still think it deserves 2 stars, but I just don’t want to read anymore. It had been on my radar for months, and despite the bad rating, I still wanted to read it. I should have paid attention to everyone else’s opinion and saved myself the time.



Good Morning! I’ll be reading The Furies by Katie Lowe at The Bookworm today. Stop by from 10-7 and grab some great beach reads for yourself 🌊📚🌞



Finished reading Sister Sister by Sue Fortin yesterday. It was a story about a long lost sister that suddenly gets back in touch with her family in England. It was a quick and easy read, but rather predictable. I definitely preferred The Birthday Girl by this author. 3
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REVIEW – The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware  indexindexindexindexindex

4.5 stars rounded up

What a great book! I started it Sunday morning and basically didn’t do anything else until I finished it. I wish the story and the ending had been flushed out a little more, and I am not a fan of a cliffhanger ending, but this was definitely my favorite book of hers so far.

Can’t wait to read the next one!



Since we still can’t really go out and do much, I’ll be spending my Sunday Funday with Ruth Ware’s The Turn of the Key. Which book of hers has been your favorite?

REVIEW – Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry   indexindexindexindex111

Adorable book… made me laugh/smile throughout. Great and relatable characters. Definitely worth picking up!



Good morning bookworms! I’m reading Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry on this sunny Saturday. Enjoy your weekend and Happy Reading!

REVIEW – Dragonfly  by Leila Meacham   indexindexindexindexindex

I loved this book. Historical fiction is not the type of book I am usually drawn to, but I really enjoyed Roses, so I thought I’d give Dragonfly a try. I’m so glad I did.

Great characters, great story, loved the ending. I was worried that all the different POV’s would get confusing, but the author did a really good job reminding you of who each character was within the first sentence or two of each chapter.

Really, really enjoyed this book!



I’m going to mix it up today and read some historical fiction… Starting Dragonfly by Leila Meacham. I’ll be at The Bookworm from 10-7. Stop by and grab some great summer reads!

REVIEW – Watching You by Lisa Jewell  indexindexindexindex111

Good story with lots of twists. While the middle felt slow and repetitive to me, once I hit the 200 page mark, I flew through the rest.



Starting Watching You by Lisa Jewell on this hot and sunny Tuesday afternoon!

REVIEW – The Heat Wave by Kate Riordan   indexindexindexindexindex

What a fantastic book!

After a string of a few not so great books, I was in a bit of a reading slump, but The Heatwave cured it. It was just such a really well done, great read. If I hadn’t picked The Bookworm’s summer book club pick already, I would have done this one in a heartbeat.

If I had one complaint, it was the amount of French used. You could infer what they were saying, but I don’t think it added anything to the story. Additionally, when two of the characters were conversing in French, it was typed out in italics (English), which got a little annoying after awhile. But in the grand scheme of how great this book was, that’s tiny.

I loved it



I started The Heatwave by Kate Riordan yesterday, and could hardly put it down! Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for sending me an advance copy. The Heatwave comes out August 18th… Add it to the top of your must read summer books!



Happy Father’s Day!! Eli here – pecan pie and Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern is on my agenda for this afternoon. Don’t forget to enter Dallas’s giveaway for a signed copy of Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank! Check out yesterday’s post for details

REVIEW – This Little Light by Lori Lansens  indexindex111111111

This was a rough read for me… I definitely ended up skimming the memories and just read the parts that were happening now so that I could just get through it.

There was a good story in there, but the author’s attempt to talk like a 16 year old was grating and pretty awful. “If Anne Frank were alive, she’d totally be an influencer.” Ugh.

The ending was good, but not enough to raise my 2 star rating.



Thank you to ABRAMS Books and Overlook Press for sending me an advance copy of This Little Light by Lori Lansens! I’ll be reading this at The Bookworm today (and singing This Little Light of Mine in my head all day) Don’t forget that we updated our hours to M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7. Stop by and grab some great summer reads! 📚🌞📚

REVIEW – Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso   indexindexindex111111

The synopsis (and that cover!) made this book sound so cool… unfortunately, it was pretty mediocre. I didn’t particularly like or care about any of the characters. I feel like too much of the book was about how angsty the main character was, as opposed to actually building the suspense and both mysteries. It all just fell flat for me.



Good morning bookworms! I’m starting Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso. This books has been on my radar for awhile, so I’m excited to finally get my hands on it!

REVIEW – Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey   indexindexindexindex111

3.5 stars rounded up

I really enjoy Rea Frey’s writing… looking forward to her next book!



Hello Friday! I loved Rea Frey’s first book, so I’m really excited to start her follow up, Because You’re Mine. Have a great day and Happy Reading!

REVIEW – Hunting November by Adriana Mather   indexindexindex111111

Honestly, I’m a little disappointed with the follow up to Killing November. I really loved that book, and this one was just OK for me. I kept putting it down and picking something else up… so much so that it took me 2 weeks to finish it, which is really unlike me.

I think that the fact I read Killing November over a year ago (and had a hard time remembering a lot) definitely impacted how I felt about it.

I still like Adriana Mather’s writing and stories, and will still read whatever she writes, but this one was a bit of a disappointment.



Starting Hunting November by Adriana Mather today. I loved Killing November, so I’m excited to get into the sequel!



Good Morning! Dallas is working at The Bookworm today, so Cortney and I are having a pool day. I’m reading the next book in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series, Deep Six. Don’t forget to enter our June giveaway 📚

REVIEW – A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigin Kemmerer  indexindexindexindexindex

Great follow up!! I already loved Grey and ended up really loving Lia Mara too. I can’t wait for the next book.



Diving back into the world of Emberfall with A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. Don’t forget The Bookworm has updated hours! M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7. Happy Reading!

REVIEW – You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott   indexindex111111111

I just didn’t enjoy this book. I’m trying to think about one redeeming quality to mention, and I got nothing. The story felt convoluted, none of the characters were memorable or likeable, and the ending fell flat.

This has to be the 4th or 5th Megan Abbott book I’ve read, and by far my least favorite. If you want to read something by her, check out Give Me Your Hand



Monday again?! Starting off my day with pancakes and You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. Don’t forget we have updated hours at The Bookworm! M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7. Stop by and see us this week! 📚❤️📚

REVIEW – Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren  indexindexindexindex111

Definitely more serious than the other books of theirs I have read, but I still really enjoyed it.

Great story with great characters, as always. I just loved Elliott, he was my favorite.



Happy Sunday! Penelope and I were in the mood for something light and fun, so we grabbed Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. They’re always my go-to for cute romance books 💗 Have a great day and happy reading



Hey book nerds, Eli posting today. Decided to cross a book off my bucket list and tackle The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Any other fans out there?

REVIEW – Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker   indexindexindexindex111

I’m a big fan of Wendy Walker, and Don’t Look for Me did not disappoint!

Great story, great characters, and an ending I didn’t see coming. I think I thought every man in the book was guilty at one point.

Can’t wait to read what she comes up with next!



Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending both me and @libraryofdallas an advance copy of Wendy Walker’s new book, Don’t Look For Me! We are both huge fans of her work and are excited to do a buddy read this weekend… and check out this stunning cover!

REVIEW – The Guests on South Battery by Karen White   indexindexindex111111

3.5 stars rounded down

This was definitely my least favorite book in the series. Melanie really bugged me in this book, and I saw the “twist” coming from miles (and miles) away.

Will definitely keep reading the series because I did enjoy it.



Who says a girl from up North can’t learn a little southern hospitality?! Reading the 5th book in the Tradd Street series by Karen White, The Guests on South Battery. Don’t forget The Bookworm has updated hours! M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7.



Good morning from a very rainy Myrtle Beach! Over our time at home, Eli and I watched United States of Tara (it’s amazing and got cancelled way too soon). The show sparked my interest in multiple personalities, so I had to grab Sybil off the shelf for my next read. Don’t forget that The Bookworm has new hours. M-W from 10-5 and Th-Sat from 10-7. Happy Reading!

REVIEW – Crave by Tracy Wolff   indexindex111111111

I really do not get the hype over this book. It had the worst case of insta-love I have ever read, I lost count of the number of times I rolled my eyes, and the MC, Grace, kind of (definitely) sucks.

The writing was juvenile and mediocre, and the book was at least 200 pages too long.

While we know about the supernatural element from the blurb, they actually didn’t even discuss it with the “helpless” human or the reader until 300 pages in. 300 PAGES!

I love a good, angsty vampire story, and I really wanted to love this one. Unfortunately, it was not and I did not. And that big reveal at the end may be the stupidest thing I have ever read. Seriously.

Needless to say, I will not be continuing with the series. Here’s just a few of the eye rolls I threw over this 540 page book



Happy Memorial Day! The Bookworm is OPEN from 10-5. I’ll be at the desk reading Crave by Tracy Wolff 🧛‍♂️



I’m trying something a little different than my normal type of book today… Reading Volume 1 of the Calendar Girl series – January, February, March by Audrey Carlan. Stop by The Bookworm today to find something a little different for you too. We have a full shelf of staff and customer recommendations to check out 📚📚📚 I’ll be there til 5!



It’s Eli at The Bookworm today, reading Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor 🍕🍕🍕 Stop by from 10-4 and grab some great books for the weekend!

REVIEW – An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen indexindexindexindexindex

Great book!! It’s amazing to see how far these two have come since their first novel together.

This book definitely kept me guessing… I really liked the MC, Jess.

Looking forward to seeing what they come up with next!



REVIEW – The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond   indexindexindexindex111

I had one of those great, lazy Sundays where I spent the whole day reading this book. It was a little farfetched, but I really enjoyed it!



I had one of those great, lazy Sundays yesterday where I spent the majority of my day lost in a book. Currently reading The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond 💀💍💀

REVIEW – The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson   indexindexindexindex111

Cute and easy read



Stopped by Local on the Water today for a delicious lunch and a quick photo op with my current read, The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson. Please remember to support your local businesses! 💙💙💙



Happy Friday everyone! I’m enjoying my afternoon off and sitting outside reading Coraline by Neil Gaiman 🌞

REVIEW – The Power by Naomi Alderman   indexindexindex111111

Books about women who fight the patriarchy are my jam… I love them. That’s what I thought this book was going to be. It isn’t. This is not a book about feminism, it’s about the corruption of power.

I know that there are bad people who are going to do bad things, regardless of their gender, background, ethnicity, etc., but I wanted the women to be better than the men. I’m just disappointed that they weren’t.

Roxy was by far my favorite character.

I still think it was a unique and well-written book. 3.5 stars rounded down



Starting The Power by Naomi Alderman… Have a great day everyone and happy reading!



It’s Eli, brewing some beer and reading Randy Mosher’s Tasting Beer in preparation for the Cicerone exam. There’s so much information in this book, I hope I can remember it all. Wish me luck 🍻

REVIEW – I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson

It isn’t often that an ending takes me by so much surprise. WOW! I did not see that coming!

Really enjoyed this book



Good Morning! I’ll be reading I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson today at The Bookworm. Stop by from 10-4 and find some great new-to-you reads!

REVIEW – The Night Swim by Megan Goldin   indexindexindexindexindex

Fantastic book!! I loved The Escape Room, but enjoyed The Night Swim even more. Cannot wait to see what else Megan Goldin writes!



I loved Megan Goldin’s first book, The Escape Room, so I was super excited to get an advance copy of her newest book, The Night Swim. Thank you St Martin’s Press! I’ll be reading this at The Bookworm today from 10-4. Have a great day and Happy Reading!

REVIEW – A Highland Christmas by Gerry Bartlett   indexindexindexindex111

Cute story, as always. I am enjoying reading about Glory and Jerry’s early life together.



Good morning book friends! I’m reading the latest book in Gerry Bartlett’s Real Vampire series, A Highland Christmas. Stop by The Bookworm today from 10-4 and find your new favorite book! As always, our paperbacks are 50% off the original cover price, and hardbacks are 75% off. Stay safe and happy reading!

REVIEW – The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah   indexindexindexindex111

The last 100 pages made this book for me.

Don’t get me wrong, this was a really good book, but I don’t really understand the fanfare over it. I think The Nightingale is miles above The Great Alone. Though I did really love Leni and Matthew…

4 solid stars



The overwhelming response was The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah… I’ll be reading this all day at The Bookworm. Stop by 10-4!

REVIEW – Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins   indexindexindexindex111

I really enjoy Kristan Higgins books.

I liked the 4 different POVs in this one, but Sadie was the shining star out of the group. I would happily have read a book just completely from her perspective. I know that Barb is the wronged woman here, but she was a very unsympathetic character. I didn’t particularly care for her.

And while I didn’t quite love this book as much as others, I still really enjoyed it. 4 solid stars.



I read my first Kristan Higgins book a few months ago and loved it, so I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of her new novel, Always the Last to Know. Thanks to Berkley Publishing Ground and Goodreads for sending it my way!

REVIEW – The Similars by Rebecca Hanover   indexindexindexindex111

3.5 stars rounded up

This book was a solid 4 for me until the ending… but the virtual reality stuff was dumb. It took away from the rest of what was a solid book in my opinion. There seemed to be a lot of repetition throughout the book too, it probably could have been at least 50 pages shorter. I did care about what happened to the characters, and I’ll probably read the sequel if I come across it…



On this rainy morning in Myrtle Beach, I am finally picking up The Similars by Rebecca Hanover… It’s been on my TBR pile since October. What book have you had sitting around the longest?



Hey bookworms, it’s Eli. I love to cook Indian food, so when I can across The Pasha of Cuisine by Saygin Ersin, I had to give it a try 🥘 🥘 🥘

REVIEW – Mata Hari’s Last Dance   indexindexindex111111

3.5 stars rounded down

Definitely not my favorite book by Michelle Moran, but still a good and quick read. I could have done with less talk of her various men and all the jewelry they bought her and taken more actual story, but I still enjoyed it.



I’m going to swerve a little from my usual type of book and read a fictionalized account about Mata Hari. I’m a big fan of Michelle Moran’s books, so I’m looking forward to getting into this one! Don’t forget, The Bookworm is OPEN! Monday-Saturday from 10-4. Stay safe and happy reading!

REVIEW – Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams   indexindexindex111111

I absolutely loved The Bromance Book Club (loved!) but Undercover Bromance was a weak follow up. It was missing the magic of the guys book club… I adore all those characters and especially loved when they discuss their romance reads!

That coupled with the fact that Liv is just utterly obnoxious, left me feeling let down. And honestly, if I had a dollar for every wink and middle finger that was thrown about, I could buy 10 copies of this book.

Still looking forward to the next one, I just hope that the author recaptures what made the first one so great.



I just needed something light and fluffy this morning, so I’m starting the second book in The Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams, Undercover Bromance. I loved the first one, so I can’t wait to get into this one! Don’t forget The Bookworm is reopening Monday at 10 📚📚📚



Eli here – reading the 3rd book in the Oregon Files series by Clive Cussler, Dark Watch. Don’t forget The Bookworm is reopening on Monday at 10!

REVIEW – The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins   indexindexindex111111

This book took me 2 weeks to read… I kept putting it down for something else. It picked up the last 50 pages or so, but overall it was pretty slow. The author kept alluding to things, I’m guessing to stir up the suspense, but it really just left me kind of confused.



Good Morning! I’m reading The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins. Have a great day bookworms!

REVIEW – The Safe Place by Anna Downes   indexindexindexindex111

I thought The Safe Place was really good! It was a quick and enjoyable read.

I do feel like it struggled with it’s identity though, if that makes any sense… The marketing materials and even the title didn’t really go with the story. Is it a mystery? Is there something paranormal going on? In an attempt to create a mystery, it almost just left me confused about what was going on.

Still really enjoyed it. Looking forward to see what else Anna Downes comes up with!



Book mail is the best mail! Thank you to Minotaur for sending me an advance copy of The Safe Place by Anna Downes! Eli and I headed to The Bookworm last night to do a curbside pick up and grabbed some Flavors Ice Cream and Gelato on the way home. Hope everyone is staying safe and please remember to support small businesses in your area!

REVIEW – Willow by Julia Hoban  indexindex111111111

While this book is about a very serious subject, I honestly just didn’t enjoy it. The writing was mediocre, and Willow was just obnoxious. Obviously, you have to feel for her tragedy, but I was just annoyed when I should have been rooting for her.



I’ve had Willow by Julia Hoban sitting on my bookshelf for years… What better time to finally pick it up?!



Eli here – a big thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy of Tom Clavin’s new book, Tombstone. I loved the movie growing up… can’t wait to read about what actually happened!

REVIEW – Master Class by Christina Dalcher   indexindexindexindex111

3.5 rounded up

Christina Dalcher has a way of writing that makes the implausible seem plausible.

While I enjoyed her first book Vox more, I still thought Master Class was really good… and that ending!



Thanks to Berkley Publishing and Goodreads for sending me an advance copy of Christina Dalcher’s new book, Master Class! I loved her first novel Vox, so I’m really excited to get into this one 👩🏻‍🏫

REVIEW – A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma   indexindexindex111111

I’m not totally sure what I just read?

I think the author is a beautiful writer, but this book confused the hell out of me. It started out really strong, but once Bina got to Catherine House, it just went downhill for me. I think the author was trying to build the mystery, but it really just confused me and left me not actually caring.

I think there is a good story in there, but it just wasn’t explained well enough. And the ending?! Whaattt??

If you are looking for a book that gives you answers and a definite ending, this is not the one for you. So much wasn’t explained and there was a lot I still have questions about.

Overall, I still (kind of) enjoyed it. I think. 3 stars



Good Morning bookies! I’m reading A Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma today. Hope you’re all in the middle of a great book!



It is a dark and stormy morning here in Myrtle Beach… It’s Eli, your favorite back up bookworm and I’m reading Priest of Bones by Peter McLean. Don’t forget The Bookworm is offering curbside pick up by appointment! Email us at for inventory questions!

REVIEW – The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson   indexindexindexindex111

I loved the first 3 books in this series, but was not a fan of #4, so this one has been sitting on my shelf for years.

I’m so glad I finally picked it up! Even though it was repetitive at times, I still really enjoyed it. It was nice to be back with Fredrika and Alex again



I picked up the 1st book in the Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht series by Kristina Ohlsson years ago and absolutely loved it. Reading The Chosen now, # 5 in the series. The writing and the stories are always so great, it’s hard to believe they’ve been translated from Swedish 🇸🇪

REVIEW – Poison’s Cage by Breeana Shields   indexindexindexindex111

Good follow up to Poison’s Kiss… I really enjoyed this duology!



I am putting in some work on my TBR pile! Reading Poison’s Cage, the sequel to Poison’s Kiss, by Breeana Shields 🐍🐍🐍 Be well and Happy Reading!

REVIEW – A Palm Beach Wife by Susannah Marren  indexindex111111111

2.5 stars rounded down

I’ve had this book on my virtual TBR shelf forever… When I came across a copy and looked it up on GR and saw the terrible rating (2.7) I was about to just drop it… but as I read the reviews, it seemed like everyone’s main complaint was the constant description of the designer items. This doesn’t bother me, so I decided to go for it… if for no other reason than the gorgeous cover!

Well, what all these reviews failed to mention was the terrible writing! The story didn’t flow, the dialogue was awful, and it felt like we were missing important aspects of the story. Plus, it just ended so abruptly, I’m pretty sure I said “WTF?” out loud.

I wish I hadn’t wasted my time.



Next up! A Palm Beach Wife by Susannah Marren 🌴🌞🌴 Love this cover!



Eli here… with lots of reading time on my hands. Giving Mark Greaney’s The Gray Man a try, hoping to find a new series to get into. Don’t forget that The Bookworm offers curbside pick up by appointment and US shipping! Email for inventory questions

REVIEW – A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson  indexindexindexindexindex

What a fantastic book!! I absolutely loved it. It’s hard to believe this was Holly Jackson’s debut. I’m super excited that is going to be a series!

This book is definitely worth the hype! 5 stars



Good Morning! I’m starting A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson… Stay safe everyone!!

REVIEW – A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell   indexindexindex111111

I feel like the concept of this book was pretty cool, but it wasn’t executed very well.

I like the idea that each person views each interaction differently, but I was just confused about what was happening for the first 70 pages or so. And while I enjoyed the ending, I feel like it was just thrown at you and a lot didn’t get explained.

Still a decent story.



It was hard not being able to open The Bookworm today, but I wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who used our curbside pick up! A special thanks to @litchfieldbooks for helping to host a great virtual author talk with the super entertaining Grady Hendrix @paperbacksfromhell ! If you haven’t yet, check out his new release, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires 🧛‍♂️ It’s gruesome and amazing! I’m off to get lost in Michele Campbell’s A Stranger on the Beach. Be well everyone!