Over the Hills and Far Away by Matthew Dennison (Book Review)

Until reading Over the Hills and Far Away by Matthew Dennison I, admittedly, only knew of Beatrix Potter as the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. As it turns out, she wrote and published over 30 tales and books. I'd heard of some of them but have never actually read them. Or, if I have read them it was so long ago I can't remember when. Despite not knowing much about Beatrix Potter, I do love a good biography and the cover of this one caught my eye a few months back as I was browsing Edelweiss. I even put it on my summer reading list roundup. … [Read more...]

Hilltop Doc by Leonard Adreon (Book Review)

My grandfather, Virgil, fought in the Korean War and one of my biggest regrets is that I didn't ask him more about it while he was here to tell his stories. Granted, he was never one to talk about his time in the war but I wish I'd have asked questions and encouraged stories. I feel like a huge part of our family history is missing because I never encouraged him to talk about his time overseas. When I visited Washington D.C. a few years ago it felt like all of the tourists were mesmerized by the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the WWI and WWII … [Read more...]

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (Book Review)

Ready? This book gets a good ol-fashioned NOPE from me. I wish that could be it. I wish that could be the beginning and the end of the review. Just, NOPE. It isn't though because this book has caused me to feel so much rage while reading that it has to come out. So, here we go (spoilers discussed below). This book is terrible. It wants to be something more than it is and it feels like author desperately wants to build a reputation as a dark gritty author (see: Gillian Flynn) but it fails. It's basically sex, incest, sex, incest, sex, oh, … [Read more...]

The Must-Have Book Before Starting a Patio Garden

When I first started my patio garden I had very low expectations. I had purchased a few plants from Lowe's (mostly herbs and easy vegetables) and thought, "If I keep half of these alive, I'll call it a success!". Well, they all survived and we've been able to eat from our garden so it's definitely been a successful venture. Having fresh herbs to mix into a homemade salad dressing or greenery to add to a tablescape has been fantastic! I'm totally still a novice but I know there are a lot of gardening beginners out there. That's why I wanted to … [Read more...]

Books I Can Read Again and Again

This post contains affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. I feel like I've shared a lot of disappointing books lately. Today, I want to change that. I'm in the middle of re-reading The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure and it made me think of other incredible books I've read. I have read hundreds of great books but I only re-read the truly great ones.  I know that re-reading books is oddly controversial among book lovers. Whenever I mention re-reading a book someone always exclaims, "So many books, so little time!". … [Read more...]

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (Book Review)

This post includes spoilers for See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt As soon as I finished See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt I thought of a quote by Dr. Seuss.  "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss I thought, "No Dr., in this case, I'm crying because it's over and I'm crying tears of joy!". If you follow me on social media then you probably know how much I have struggled with this book since I started reading it three weeks ago. I wanted to like it.; truly I did. When I first picked it up, I … [Read more...]

Books on my 2017 Summer Reading List

This post includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. Am I wrong for saying that one of my favorite things about long summer days is the extra reading time? I set ambitious reading goals for myself and it seems the majority of my reading is usually done during the summer. I can't help that one of my favorite places is in my patio chair with a sweet iced tea in one hand and a book in the other. Also, oddly enough, summer seems to be the only time I prefer paperbacks to eBooks. I hate trying to read on my iPad outside in the … [Read more...]

With My Eyes Wide Open by Brian “Head” Welch (Book Review)

After I decided to consider Luck, Love, and Lemon Pie a DNF (did not finish) I moved on to reading With My Eyes Wide Open by Brian "Head" Welch. I've always been a big fan of KoRn and I remember when Head first made the announcement that he was leaving KoRn to focus on raising his daughter as a single dad. I knew that he'd devoted his life to following Jesus and religion played a major role in his new life. I also remember when he rejoined KoRn. This book shares his life as a single dad, his tense relationship with his daughter, and the … [Read more...]