Book Reviews

Review: The Goodbye Witch by Heather Blake

18107798 Title: The Goodbye Witch

Author: Heather Blake

Series: Wishcraft Mystery

Published: May 6, 2014

As Enchanted Village’s resident Wishcrafter, Darcy Merriweather has the power to make other people’s wishes come true, but what she really wishes is that she had the power to uncloak the invisible man who’s stalking her best friend….

I love cozy mysteries and The Goodbye Witch was a great jump back into the genre.  It’s a solid mystery that adds depth to Starla’s backstory and brings the regular cast of characters to the forefront. It also nicely solved the issue of Darcy snooping into cases and bumping heads with Nick in his role as sheriff.

The best part of this book was the focus on relationships between the characters we already know.  I loved the progression of Darcy and Nick’s relationship and look forward to their new dynamic now that the work issues have been resolved.  I enjoyed the focus on her deepening bond with Mimi and her friendships with Starla and Mrs. P. Even the antagonistic relationship between Darcy and Glinda moved out of the holding pattern it’s been in for the last couple of books.

A good series not only builds on what came before but also sets up what comes next and this book did a great job of that.  I’m excited to see what’s next for Mrs. P, I’m curious about Missy’s next move, and the identity of the Elder seems closer to a reveal.  Mostly, I’m just looking forward to spending more time with this group of characters who are quirky and charming and fun.


Keeping Track of Your Reading

In the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out a system to organize my reading challenges so I can check off the categories as they’re met. This exercise has made me take a fresh look at the way I keep track of the books I’ve read.   I’ve always kept it simple – just a notebook where I jot down author, title, and date finished – but when I go back a ways it’s hard to remember my reactions so I’ve decided to keep a more detailed record.

I use Goodreads and I love that as a resource but I can’t be without some written record.  There are just too many pretty pens and journals in the world for everything to be digital!  Browsing on Amazon has given me some ideas but none of the reading journals has jumped out as a must-have so I don’t think a pre-formatted journal is for me.

Do you have a favorite journal or method for logging what you’ve read?  What information do you keep track of? Any and all suggestions are welcome!

Reading Challenges

Reading Challenges

In preparing my 2017 reading goals, I stumbled across a list of reading challenges and several of them struck my fancy.  I’ve never participated in a reading challenge beyond the Goodreads pledge but these seemed like an easy way to guide my reading choices and a fun way to keep myself from falling into a rut.

I’ve set up a page that lists the reading challenges in which I’ve chosen to participate and I’m in the process of setting up pages to keep track of my progress for each individual challenge. In the meantime, there are links to the challenge host if you want to check out the details and participate yourself.  Books read for the individual challenges will count toward my overall progress which will be tracked here. Happy Reading!

Site Notes


Welcome to Eliza Rae Reads! A new year means a new reading challenge and I thought a blog would be a fun way to focus my reading this year.  The last few years I’ve fallen short of my goal. At times I’ve had issues getting my attention span to cooperate enough to really lose myself in a book and other times I had trouble finding the right book to really suit my mood but I think I’m finally starting to shake theses things off. The problem I’m having diving back in is that I’m playing catch up with so many of my favorite series and authors; the bright side to this is that I have a well populated TBR list!

My goal for this blog is to be more than just a log of what I’ve read.  I want to chronicle my impressions but I also want to capture the reading experience. Some books are meant to be enjoyed with a glass of wine, others with a cup of tea.  Some books you can dive into for a few minutes at a time throughout the day, others need solitude and quiet. I want to catch up with old favorites and expand my reading horizons.  In addition to the Goodreads challenge, I’m also taking a shot at the 2017 Read Harder challenge.  I may even deviate from the topic of books on occasion.  I don’t have a set plan for how I’m going to go about this but I’m excited to get started on the journey!