Review of Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Hello everyone! I’m officially back from my blog hiatus and ready to hit the ground running with a review of my most recent read, “Since We Fell” by Dennis Lehane. This was my May book for the Book of the Month Club (more about that at the end of this post) and I finished it just in the nick of time. Can you believe it is already June?

I’ve got a pretty cute book prop, don’t I? ūüôā

Synopsis from the publisher:

Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. By turns heart-breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best.

My take on Since We Fell:

Unfortunately I cannot agree that Dennis Lehane was at his very best with this book because (gasp) I have never read Dennis Lehane before. Frankly I am a little embarrassed to admit that, especially because I love thrillers. However, with that being said, I definitely have some Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Gone Baby Gone on my To-Read list now after enjoying Since We Fell.

Lehane¬†started off a little slow¬†with this book and initially I was more fascinated by the extreme personalities of Rachel and her mother than the story line. Nonetheless before I knew it the plot was picking up steam and BOOM I was led through various emotions all the way up until the very last page of the book. There was a strange mix of horror, romance, humor, and suspense, done in a very unique way. I went from thinking, “this Rachel girl is hard to relate to and frankly a little annoying” to “YAAASSSSS GIRL!!” I would definitely recommend this book to people who not only love thrillers, but like to mix it up a bit from the run-of-the-mill stuff.

Now get your copy!

So where do you find a copy of this tantalizing tale? Well if you become a member of the Book of the Month Club, you can add it to your box for next month! My smart friend Raelynn talked me into joining just last year and I thought, “what the heck? I’ll try it out and if I don’t like it I will just cancel it.” Yet here I am, almost a year later, an avid Book of the Month (BOTM) member. You really can’t beat what they got going on there. Right now if you click here you can get BOTM for 3 months for just $10/month. We are talking big, beautiful hardcover books shipped directly to your house for just $10 each! Insanity! That’s cheaper than the bookstore.

BUT if you’re not sold on the whole BOTM club yet, SHAME ON YOU! Just kidding. ūüôā But seriously if you want to just buy this book without getting roped into anything, I recommend purchasing it on Amazon. Just click the link below.

So do you think you’ll read Dennis Lehane’s newest novel? Or if you already have, what did you think? Any Dennis Lehane fans out there? I’d love to hear your take in the comments!

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Ways to get creative with your library.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the 61st Annual VNSA Used Book Sale, a.k.a. heaven for a bibliophile like myself.

Photograph by Raelynn Pfaff who so kindly accompanied me to the sale

I went last year for my first time and splurged on a LOT of books. This year I had a little more discipline and managed to get 15 or so books for $13.

Still, my bookcase¬†is already swollen with books and I wasn’t¬†sure how I was going¬†to fit in my new additions. ¬†I scoured the web to help me get ideas, and I’m sharing some below. So if you also need some ideas on how to fit extra books into your library in an artistic, yet functional way, you’ve come to the right place!


Space can be maximized in a library simply by orientating the books differently. This photo shows book space maximized by alternating stacks of books horizontally and vertically. There is something very pleasing to the eye about effectively using every piece of precious space!

Another creative way to arrange your books is to stack them and tie with some twine. It is a great way to show the rest of the world how much of a gift books really are!

If you are seeking a more organized look but still want to get the most with your space, try keeping one row the same and mixing up books in another. Although the top row has books in different orientations, there is still a balance of symmetry.


While this bookshelf also does a little mixing of the orientations of its books, I especially like the addition of a house plant to freshen things up.

This giant bookcase is composed of cubbyholes instead of uninterrupted horizontal shelves. I love how this designer takes advantage of the unique layout by adding decor items in between the books.


Photograph by Amy at Matilda’s Bookshelf
Futhermore, it is not uncommon to organize books based on color. Amy has done this with her bookshelf and it has become a work of art!

Photograph by Caitlin at The Book Shire
In this “shelfie,” Caitlin really takes advantage of her¬†books’ colors to design a beautiful library.¬†¬†I am all for judging a book by it’s cover when it is done like this!

All in all, don’t be afraid to get creative with your library! There are plenty of different ways to design your reading space, and hopefully you were able to pick-up some inspiration with this post. I can’t wait to find a¬†way to incorporate book orientation, decor, and color in my bookcase. Hopefully the design will help me fit in my extra goodies from this weekend as well. What does your library look like? How do you prefer to sort your books? I’d love to hear more from my readers! Let me know in the comments below.

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