I can’t wait for : The Poop Diaries by Abby Ross (Can’t-Wait Wednesday)

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at  Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming books we are excited about reading.
There are so many books that I can’t wait to read!
Here is my choice for this week:
The Poop Diaries by Abby Ross

The Poop Diaries

Published February 6, 2020 by Black Rose Writing

From Amazon:


They come into our homes. They see us in our most fragile moments. Plumbers are a fixture in our lives. When a toilet clogs, faucet leaks, or a sewer line plugs, we call those unsung heroes, desperately seeking help. They scoop out our poop and pull underwear, toothbrushes and cotton balls out of our toilets, doing whatever it takes to get the job done.

On a late Wednesday evening, after my toilet clogged, I asked our plumber to share his top five “greatest hits.” The stories were so hilarious, I had to share them with the world. The Poop Diaries features true stories told by my plumber, and many other plumbers, about the most memorable service jobs they have worked on and most unique people they have helped. Whether it’s nudity, rats, fake vaginas, dildos, snakes, weapons and so much more, these plumbers have seen and smelled it all.



My Thoughts:

I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I read a lot of heavy and emotional books, and during this difficult time, some lighthearted and funny reads are definitely welcome.

The author did a reading of some of her favorite stories from her book and posted it on Youtube. I watched it and now I’m even more excited about reading the book. Here’s the clip from Youtube if you’d like to take a look:



I hope you are all safe and healthy.   Take care and happing reading!



REVIEW – The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

The Familiar Dark

Published: March 31st, 2020 by Dutton Books


I really enjoyed Amy Engel’s previous novel “The Roanoke Girls” and have been looking forward to her next novel ever since.

It was worth the wait!

 “Sometimes the answers are worse than the questions. Sometimes it’s better not to know.”

Thirty-year-old, Eve Taggert can’t wait for her shift at the local diner to be over. Eve promised her twelve-year-old daughter, Junie that she’d be home early so they could order a pizza and watch a movie. Junie had spent the previous night at her friend, Izzy Logan’s house. Just then Eve sees her brother, Cal pulling up in his police car. Eve is surprised as Cal doesn’t come to the diner on Saturdays. Eve and Cal are very close. He’s always been there for her and together they survived a traumatic childhood. As Cal gets closer, Eve notices a strange look on his face. She thinks about the sirens she heard earlier. She reassures herself that they had nothing to do with Junie.  But now she can see that Cal has been crying. Cal NEVER cries.

“It’s Junie, Eve”

Since her daughter’s birth, Eve has expected that something would happen that would tear Junie away from her. She worried about accidents or terrible diseases. But she never thought something like this could happen.

Why would someone murder two innocent twelve-year-old girls?

Though she hadn’t seen her mother in years, her mama’s voice was always in her head. “Ain’t nobody gonna give a shit about who killed Junie except you.”

When Eve finds Junie’s journal she realizes her daughter had been keeping secrets. She’s surprised by what she reads but it gives her a place to start. It gives her a reason to get up. A reason to keep going. She is devastated by her loss but she needs to know what happened.

This means Eve may have to visit places and people she NEVER wanted to see again. The anger Eve kept in control since her daughter was born is burning hotter now and she makes a promise that she will find out what happened and she WILL make the person or persons responsible pay dearly. No one is going to get in her way.

An addictive read that pulled me in right from its heartbreaking start.

The story is told from a grieving mother’s point of view. It’s a dark and compelling read with subject matter that isn’t always easy to read. However, I thought the author handled it well. This was a riveting story with many unforgettable characters. A novel that deals with family relationships including the complicated bond between mothers and daughters.

An emotionally powerful and chilling story about grief, heartbreak, betrayal, and vengeance.

With an excellent combination of complex characters and a gripping plot, “The Familiar Dark” is a novel I won’t soon forget.



I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.