March Wrap-up 2022 – Five-Year Anniversary! #books #bookreviews #music

Hi, friends! Hopefully, you’ve had an excellent weekend. I wanted to post a quick wrap-up for March and announce that this blog (readrantrockandroll) hit its fifth anniversary! It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years. Over that time, I’ve come close to quitting, but it looks like I’m not going anywhere. I can’t get enough of you guys. ❤ The idea to switch to Instagram was not a good one. It won’t work for me, so I’ll be staying here in the book blogiverse indefinitely because it seems like the best place for me.

Unfortunately, in March, we lost our 14-year-old cat, Rambo. His brother passed last fall, and we had a feeling Rambo might not make it through the winter. Rambo was a cat who loved his outdoor life in the country and would never attempt to come in the house unless you had food. He did fine over the coldest months, and in late February, he just started wasting away quickly. Rambo began coming into the house, and we knew there wasn’t much time left. He stayed in the house with us for four days until he passed away. I was with him every minute, and either my son or I slept in the dining room so he wouldn’t be alone. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. It’s not like we haven’t lost pets in the past, but Rambo was my best bud. Rambo was our escort because he and his brother, Ishmael, would be with you the moment you walked out the door, and Rambo specifically would stay with you until you went back in. It’s like a ghost town outside without them. It’ll take some getting used to this summer without them in the greenhouse and the gardens with us. I contemplated sharing a post about Rambo because he has such a neat story, but I don’t want to bring depression to anyone. We’ve all been dealing with a hefty amount of that over the past few years.


March was a decent month for reading. I managed to post five regular book reviews, not including Shabby Sundays. None of these were ARCs, even though there are a few on my backlist. 🤭

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

The Babysitter by Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Wish by Nicholas Sparks

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Book Haul: Gallant – The Overnight Guest – Klara and the Sun and more #BookHaul #Books #Barnes&Noble #Fiction

Hello, friends! Are you all ready for the weekend? This week was fairly low-stress for me, but it was still busy as usual. I’m looking forward to kicking back and catching up on some reading this weekend.

Today I have a book haul that I strictly purchased for myself. Two of these books I’ve had on my list for some time. The others were either books I found on blogs or those that were recommended to me. These were all purchased in-store at Barnes and Noble.

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Book Review: The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer by Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan #TheBabysitter #TrueCrime #BookReview

The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer
by: Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan

Blurb:

This chilling true story and “harrowing account of the evil that can lurk around the edges of girlhood” (Carolyn Murnick, author of The Hot One) – reminiscent of Ann Rule’s classic The Stranger Beside Me – follows a little girl longing for love who finds friendship with her charismatic babysitter, unaware that he is a vicious serial killer.

Growing up on Cape Cod in the 1960s, Liza Rodman was a lonely little girl. During the summers, while her mother worked days in a local motel and danced FD most nights in the Provincetown bars, her babysitter – the kind, handsome handyman at the motel where her mother worked – took her and her sister on adventures in his truck. He bought them popsicles and together, they visited his “secret garden” in the Truro woods. To Liza, he was one of the few kind, understanding, and safe adults in her life. 

But there was one thing she didn’t know; their babysitter was a serial killer.

Though Tony Costa’s gruesome case made screaming headlines in 1969 and beyond, Liza never made the connection between her friendly babysitter and the infamous killer of numerous women, including four in Massachusetts, until decades later.

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YA Book Haul #BookHaul #YAbooks #Books #Barnes&Noble #Fiction #YoungAdult

Hello, friends! Hopefully everyone is having a good week so far. I have a couple book hauls to share this week. This young adult book haul is a group of books for my oldest daughter and me to read. One is a middle-grade book I sneaked in for my other kids. Lets get to it.

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