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: Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Title:  Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones Author: James ClearPublisher: AveryPage Count: 319Publication Date: 2018Category/Genre: Non Fiction, Pyschology, Mental Health, Health, Habits, Self-Help, Productivity, Business, LeadershipGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.35)My Rating: ★★★★★(4.5) No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one … Continue reading Book Review: Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

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

November 2020 Reading Challenge: The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Title:  The Romanovs: 1613-1918Author: Simon Sebag MontefiorePublisher: W&NPage Count: 657Publication Date: 2016Category/Genre: History, Non-Fiction, Cultural, Russia, PoliticsGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.95)My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest … Continue reading November 2020 Reading Challenge: The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Book Review: The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience and the Secret World of Sleep by Guy Leschziner

Title:  The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience and the Secret World of Sleep Author: Guy LeschzinerPublisher: St. Martin’s PressPage Count: 368Publication Date: 2019Category/Genre: Non Fiction, Science, Mental Health, Health, Sleep, Sleep Disorders, Case StudyGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.98)My Rating: ★★★★☆(3.8) For Dr. Guy Leschziner’s patients, there is no rest for the weary in mind and body. … Continue reading Book Review: The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience and the Secret World of Sleep by Guy Leschziner

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