December 2020 Reading Challenge: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Title:  The Fault in our Stars Author: John Green Publisher: Dutton Books Page Count: 313 Publication Date: 2012 Category/Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Coming of Age Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.20) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final … Continue reading December 2020 Reading Challenge: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Book Review: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Title: The Book of Lost ThingsAuthor: John ConnollyPublisher: Atria BooksPage Count: 339Publication Date: 2006Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Fairy Tales, Adventure, Mystery, Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.9)My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to … Continue reading Book Review: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Book Review: The Institute by Stephen King

Title: The InstituteAuthor: Stephen KingPublisher: ScribnerPage Count: 561Publication Date: 2019Category/Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, ParanormalGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.20)My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two … Continue reading Book Review: The Institute by Stephen King

Book Review: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

Title: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Author: Patrick SüskindPublisher: PenguinPage Count: 263Publication Date: 2010Category/Genre: Fiction, Classics, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, European LiteratureGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.02)My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift: an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he … Continue reading Book Review: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

October 2020 Reading Challenge: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Title:  How We Disappeared Author: Jing-Jing Lee Publisher: Hanover Square Press Page Count: 350 Publication Date: 2019 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, War, Cultural, Asia, Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.18) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only two survivors and one tiny child. In … Continue reading October 2020 Reading Challenge: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Book Review: The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

Title: The Sisters Grimm Author: Menna van PraagPublisher: harper VoyagerPage Count: 448Publication Date: 2020Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Retellings, Fairy TaleGood Reads Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.32)My Rating: ★★★★☆(3.6) Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity . . . As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, … Continue reading Book Review: The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

Book Review: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Title: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires Author: Grady HendrixPublisher: Quirk booksPage Count: 400Publication Date: 2020Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, VampiresGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.89)My Rating: ★★★★☆(3.8) Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious … Continue reading Book Review: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Book Review: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Title: FreshwaterAuthor: Akwaeke EmeziPublisher: Grove PressPage Count: 229Publication Date: 2018Category/Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Cultural, Africa, LGBT, Magic Realism, Mental Health, Fantasy, NigeriaGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.02)My Rating: ★★★★☆(4) An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a … Continue reading Book Review: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

September 2020 Reading Challenge: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Title:  The Bird King Author: G. Willow Wilson Publisher: Grove Press Page Count: 403 Publication Date: 2019 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Fantasy Good Reads Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.75) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) New from the award-winning author of Alif the Unseen and writer of the Ms. Marvel series, G. Willow Wilson Set in 1491 during the reign of … Continue reading September 2020 Reading Challenge: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Title: Where the Crawdads Sing Author: Delia OwensPublisher: G.P. Putnam’s SonsPage Count: 384Publication Date: 2018Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Coming of AgeGoodReads Rating ★★★★☆(4.47)My Rating: ★★★★☆(4) For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found … Continue reading Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens