REVIEW: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

200px-ThirteenthtaleTitle: The Thirteenth Tale

Author: Diane Setterfield

Official Summary:

“Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author’s tale of gothic strangeness — featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.”

My Thoughts: I have had this book on my shelf for about a year until I picked it up to read a couple of weeks ago. Up until then I was binging on YA novels. I had just finished Allegiant and I needed a palette cleanser. Not that Allegiant was bad, in fact I loved it, but I needed to get away from the common themes that crop up in YA literature.

This book is not a sci-fi thriller. It is not a dystopian novel. It is a story of siblings, twindom, loss, and love. The Thirteenth Tale is a mystery and a ghost story. I really enjoyed reading this book and the insight it had on what life is like for siblings and twins. I am an only child; therefore, I had little idea of what kind of love is developed between siblings.

I never quite understood the attachment people have with their siblings or twin. I have read empirical evidence about the connection made but I have never read or heard about the spiritual side of siblings. That is until I read this book. I absolutely loved this book. I plan on recommending this book to all of my friends to read. I recommend it to you my readers as well.

Have you read any good books lately? What are they?

Warming Up.

It is finally getting cold here in the Ozarks. We don’t have cold days we have chilly days right now. But out mornings and nights are cold. It is the kind of cold where your toes and nose stay cold despite the fact that you are inside your warm home.

On nights like this I tend to wear my leggings and a large t-shirt:


I make a warm cup of tea:


I put a movie on:


Then I curl up on my couch in my biggest, softest, warmest blanket:


(This is seriously the best blanket ever! I know it is the best blanket because if I try to sleep with it I won’t get up in the morning because I am TOO cozy.)

IMG_2963I may even light a candle.

This is what I do to warm up when I am cold on those frigid Ozark nights.

What do you do in your neck of the woods?

Favorite Things.

I have recently purchased new things and they have become some of my favorite things.



My old roommate and I discovered the BEST lip color ever. The brand is NYX and it is the Matte Lip Creme. I absolutely love it. It is smooth and not chalky like other lipsticks and it is not shiny and sticky like lipgloss. Another great thing about this lip color is that you can find it at Target.


I bought this super comfy sweater yesterday at T.J. Maxx. Talk about a steal. It is really warm and it goes well with leggings, skinny jeans, or shorts with tights. I love it. I think everyone should invest in a boyfriend sweater.



I got these new moccasins yesterday too. I got them from Charming Charlie’s. I was finally able to throw away my old tattered pair (I had them for about 7 years) and replace them with these. I love moccasins.


Lunch With Pops.

IMG_2918I had lunch to day with this handsome man! This would be my dad! I do not usually get to take lunch with my dad during the work week but today I was off. It’s a funny story really.

My roommate and I both work at the same nursing home and we were working the same at the same time today. So I thought it would be a good idea to just ride together. I mean why not? We’d save gas, help the environment, blah blah blah. However, when I got to work I found out that I was not actually working today. Yeah, I am that girl who goes into work even though she does not have to. Oh well, I thought I’ll just go to lunch with the pops.

We went to this place here in town called Pappy’s Place. It is a tiny place. I’m pretty sure it only seats like 30 people. But they have REALLY good food. We split a cheddar bacon burger. But this was a cheddar bacon burger like you’ve never seen before. The cheese and bacon was in SAUCE FORM! Talk about good noms. Plus, I got to spend some much needed time with my dad. IMG_2916

Waiting for Allegiant.


I have not had a count down for a book release since the last Harry Potter book but I have been waiting since I finished reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth. We have seven days, five hours, thirty-seven minutes, and some odd seconds until we can read it. Unless you are one of those people who got the accidental shipping this last month. I secretly wish there was going to be midnight release party at my local Barnes & Noble. Even though there is not going to be a party I will be celebrating when I get my hands on that book!