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Your Next Favourite Beach Read

What makes a great beach read? For me, it’s one that is easy to sink into requiring less mental energy, as my concentration seems...

TBR & Wrap-Ups

Monthly All-Stars: May 2021

  To help you grab the good ones at the bookstore, I’m going to focus on the reads that stood out in my monthly reading....

Eats

Cafe Worthy, FODMAP Friendly Summer Drinks

If you haven’t seen some of my prior posts on this topic, I’ll catch you up real quick: I have an undiagnosed digestive disorder/chronic...

Vegan Lemon Strawberry Muffins

Vegan, Gluten-Free Tired of the same chocolate chip muffins I’d been making my daughter for her quick, grab-and-go breakfasts and wanting something light to match...

Vegan Plantain “Banana” Bread

Vegan, Gluten-Free   I’ve talked and talked …. and talked… about how all my bakes have to be dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free due to the cumulative...

Vanilla Caramel Cake

Vegan, Gluten-Free It was my hubby’s birthday recently which means I get to play with my baking! I love any opportunity to come up with...

Strawberry Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Vegan, Gluten-Free There really isn’t anything more quintessential “Valentine’s Day” than strawberries + chocolate … other than red & pink roses. But I’ll take cake...

Go-To Gluten Free, Vegan, Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan, Gluten-Free I make this recipe every single week. Sometimes multiple batches, you know, when life is chaotic and stressful and only eating multiple batches...

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Unboxing: OwlCrate June 2021

"Go Your Own Way" Use my discount code TALES15 to save yourself 15% off your first OwlCrate or OwlCrate Jr subscription! Now that Fleetwood Mac’s “Go...

Hi, I'm Cheryl

Welcome to And other tales. The little corner of the interweb where we don’t count cups of coffee, believe cancelling plans to stay home & read is just good life advice, refuse to acknowledge the calories in baked goods and will never judge you on the number of marshmallows in your hot chocolate or the size of your TBR piles. Curl up, get comfy and click through for book reviews, life chats, playlists, vegan & gluten free baking recipes, gift guides and more.

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Reading: Mister Impossible

Mister Impossible

Audiobook: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Watching: Superstore

Superstore

Listening: Summer Americana

SPOTLIGHT

Anticipated Middle Grade Reads of Early 2021

I think the fact that it was, at least, twice as hard to find upcoming middle grade releases says something about how much they...

Go-To Gluten Free, Vegan, Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan, Gluten-Free I make this recipe every single week. Sometimes multiple batches, you know, when life is chaotic and stressful and only eating multiple batches...

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan, Gluten-Free Well, I haven’t done one of these in awhile. Multiple reasons: 1) Summer + No air conditioning = no baking and 2) Me...

Great Reads for When It’s Hard to Concentrate

I know I’m not alone when I say I am having a hard time concentrating on my reading lately. Some people are able to...

Picture Books for Middle Grade

There are areas in my life in which I refuse to “grow up”. Sparkly pencils, smelly stickers, overdoing the Christmas decorations and twinkle lights,...

Monthly Pick – July 2021: Felix Ever After

July 2021 BOTM: Felix Ever After Author: Kacen Callender Genre: YA Contemporary Page Count: 368 Published by: Balzer + Bray Date Published: May 5, 2020 You can find it here:...

Fiction Reviews

Review: Golden Girl

Review: Malibu Rising

Title: Malibu Rising Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid Genre: General Fiction, Family Drama Page Count: 384 Published by: Ballantine Books Date Published: June 1, 2021 You can find...

Review: The Siren

Title: The Siren Author: Katherine St. John Genre: Fiction, Mystery Thriller Page Count: 417 Published by: Grand Central Publishing Date Published: May 4, 2021 You can find...

Review: The Music of Bees

Title: The Music of Bees Author: Eileen Garvin Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Page Count: 322 Published by: Dutton Books Date Published: April 1, 2021 You can...

Young Adult Reviews

Review: Instructions for Dancing

Title: Instructions For Dancing Author: Nicola Yoon Genre: YA Contemporary Page Count: 304 Published by: Delacorte Press Date Published: June 1, 2021 You can find it here: Bookshop.org Goodreads...

Review: Midnight at the Electric

Title: Midnight at the Electric Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi/fantasy Page Count: 272 Published by: HarperCollins Date Published: June 13, 2017 You can find it...

Review: A Court of Silver Flames

Title: A Court of Silver Flames Author: Sarah J. Maas Genre: Romance Page Count: Infinite Published by: Bloomsbury Publishing Date Published: February 16, 2021 You can find it here: Bookshop.org Synopsis Because...

Middle Grade Reviews

Review: Root Magic

Review: Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice

Title: Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice Author: Amanda Foody Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Page Count: 304 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Date Published: March 30, 2021 You can...

Review: The In-Between

Title: The In-Between Author: Rebecca K. S. Ansari Genre: Middle Grade Mystery/Thriller Page Count: 320 Publisher: Walden Pond Press Date Published: January 26, 2021 You can find...

Review: Amari and the Night Brothers

Title: Amari and the Night Brothers Author: B.B. Alston Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Page Count: 416 Publisher: Balzer + Bray/ HarperCollins Date Published: January 19, 2021 You...