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

Book Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Title: The Museum of Extraordinary Things Author: Alice HoffmanPublisher: ScribnerPage Count: 368Publication Date: 2014Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.74)My Rating: ★★★★☆(3.8) Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional … Continue reading Book Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

August 2020 Reading Challenge: A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Title:  A Long Petal of the Sea Author: Isabel Allende Publisher: Ballantine Books Page Count: 336 Publication Date: 2020 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Hispanic, War, Romance Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.08) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of … Continue reading August 2020 Reading Challenge: A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

June 2020 Reading Challenge: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Title:  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers Page Count: 359 Publication Date: 2012 Category/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance, LGBT, Fiction Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.34) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire … Continue reading June 2020 Reading Challenge: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Book Review: The Familiars by Stacey Halls

Title:  The FamiliarsAuthor: Stacey HallsPublisher: Mira BooksPage Count: 344Publication Date: 2019Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Witches, GothicGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.89)My Rating: ★★★★☆(3.8) Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a noblewoman, is with child again. None of her previous pregnancies have borne fruit, and her husband, Richard, is anxious for an heir. Then Fleetwood discovers a hidden doctor’s … Continue reading Book Review: The Familiars by Stacey Halls