Book Club July 2020: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Title: The Hate U Give Author: Angie Thomas Publisher: Blazer + Bray Page Count: 444 Publication Date: 2017 Category/Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Race, Social Justice, African-American Culture Good Reads Rating: ★★★★★ (4.52) Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy … Continue reading Book Club July 2020: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

May 2020 Reading Challenge: The Mortifications by Derek Palacio

Title:  The Mortifications Author: Derek Palacio Publisher: Tim Duggan Books Page Count: 320 Publication Date: 2016 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural Good Reads Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.22) My Rating: ★★★★☆(3.8) Derek Palacio’s stunning, mythic novel marks the arrival of a fresh voice and a new chapter in the history of 21st century Cuban-American literature. In 1980, … Continue reading May 2020 Reading Challenge: The Mortifications by Derek Palacio

Book Club June 2020: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Title: Beloved Author: Toni Morrison Publisher: Vintage Page Count: 324 Publication Date: 1987 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural, African-American, Classics, American History Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.85) Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past. Sethe was born a slave and escaped to … Continue reading Book Club June 2020: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Book Review: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

Title:  The Bastard of Istanbul Author: Elif Shafak Publisher: Viking Adult Page Count: 368 Publication Date: 2007 Category/Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction. Turkish Literature Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.83) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) From one of Turkey’s most acclaimed and outspoken writers, a novel about the tangled histories of two families. In her second novel … Continue reading Book Review: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

April 2020 Reading Challenge: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Title:  Man’s Search for Meaning Author: Viktor E. Frankl Publisher: Beacon Press Page Count: 165 Publication Date: 1946 Category/Genre: Memoir, Autobiography, Non Fiction, Psychology, Self-Help Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.36) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for … Continue reading April 2020 Reading Challenge: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Book Club May 2020: Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Title: Goodbye, Vitamin Author: Rachel Khong Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Page Count: 208 Publication Date: 2017 Category/Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.73) Goodbye, Vitamin is the wry, beautifully observed story of a woman at a crossroads, as Ruth and her friends attempt to shore up her father’s career; she and her mother obsess over … Continue reading Book Club May 2020: Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

March 2020 Reading Challenge: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Title:  The Reason I Jump Author: Naoki Higashida Publisher: Random House Page Count: 135 Publication Date: 2013 Category/Genre: Memoir, Autobiography, Non Fiction, Psychology Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.82) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how … Continue reading March 2020 Reading Challenge: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Book Club April 2020: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Title: The Lovely Bones Author: Alice Sebold Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company Page Count: 372 Publication Date: 2002 Category/Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Crime, Contemporary Fiction, Drama Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.81) The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? … Continue reading Book Club April 2020: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Title:  The Immortalists Author: Chloe Benjamin Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Page Count: 346 Publication Date: 2018 Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.72) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has … Continue reading Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin