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 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

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

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

February 2020 Reading Challenge: Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

Title:  Gingerbread Author: Helen Oyeyemi Publisher: Macmillion Page Count: 304 Publication Date: 2019 Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magic Realism Good Reads Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.05) My Rating: ★★★☆☆(3.25) Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories–equal parts wholesome and uncanny, from the tantalizing witch’s house in “Hansel and Gretel” to the man-shaped confection who … Continue reading February 2020 Reading Challenge: Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

Title:  Circe Author: Madeline Miller Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Page Count: 393 Publication Date: 2018 Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Retellings, Mythology, Historical Fiction Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.3) My Rating: ★★★★★(4.5) In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor … Continue reading Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

May BookClub: Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

Title:  Suicide Club Author: Rachel Heng Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Page Count: 339 Publication Date: 2018 Category/Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Adult Fiction. Dystopia Good Reads Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.32) In this debut set in near future NYC—where lives last 300 years and the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming—Lea must choose between her estranged father and her chance to … Continue reading May BookClub: Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Title:  Little Fires Everywhere Author: Celeste Ng Publisher: Penguin Press Page Count: 336 Publication Date: September 12, 2017 Category/Genre: Fiction Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.17) My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5) In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to … Continue reading Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng