The Undertaker’s Daughter

Guess I should have waited a bit, and added one more to my year end total! I didn’t think I’d finish this by the end of the day, but I made it!


The Undertaker’s Daughter will be published January 13and it’s a lovely memoir about a daughter of a Kentucky mortician in the 1960s-70s.

Kate Mayfield had a very close relationship with her father. As one of the youngest in her family, she was the first sibling to be raised strictly in the funeral home, and so she had a natural curiosity about the family business, as well as everything else around her. Her memoir tells the story of the small town she grew up in during the Civil Rights years, just south of the Ohio River.

While I enjoyed this book, whenever I read an ARC I always think about the reception it is going to get upon publishing. This is kind of a rocky time for a memoir from a white southern woman raised in the 60s to come out. While the racial issues are not quite as prominent in the story as in, say, The Help, they are definitely there–desegregation of the schools, interracial relationships, class differences. The movement is more a setting, part of the background of her story, and Kate is fighting against the racist beliefs that surround her. Still, I wonder if the release of the book will be hindered at all, because of the environment we are in currently. I hope not, but this has been a very tough year for a lot of people, unfortunately.


Here’s hoping for a better 2015. Happy New Year, everyone!


2015 Reading Goals

Happy Holidays, my friends!

It’s so hard to believe that 2014 is almost over. I’ll be doing a year end wrap up post later in the week, but I wanted to go ahead and set some goals for the upcoming year. I’m already on my way on some of them, and it’s going to be a pretty intense, educational year!

2015 PopSugar Challenge–I’ve talked about this challenge already in detail. I’ll be tracking my progress HERE!

Read one short story every weekday–I do this for the most part right now anyway, but my goal is to finish the Short Fiction collection I’ve been working through.

THE BIG GOAL–I am taking on what I call “study books.” These are the books I never seem able to finish. The books I get a chapter or two into and go…NOPE. The books that don’t have so much of a story to them, or have weird prose flow, or they are epic poetry or play formatting. THOSE books. So, rather than try and battle through them all at once, I’m going to break them up. I can manage a chapter a day, along with the short stories I read. It doesn’t take away from the regular books I read, and I know I’m going to get so much more out of them if I read them this way. Here’s the list I have posted on my bulletin board. I’m already halfway through The Iliad. The color coding just tells me what format I have the book in.





Goodreads Goal–I based my Goodreads goal on last years numbers, and I don’t really know what happened, but my reading just exploded this year, like almost 300% over last year, exploded. So, I’m going to set my 2015 goal at 200 books.



I’m so excited to see what 2015 brings and to be able to share it all with you!