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 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

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 Club March 2020: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Title: Northanger Abbey Author: Jane Austen Publisher: Collins Classics Page Count: 251 Publication Date: 1817 Category/Genre: Fiction, Classics, Romance Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.82) Jane Austen’s first novel—published posthumously in 1818—tells the story of Catherine Morland and her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self-delusion. Though Austen’s fallible heroine is repeatedly drawn into scrapes while vacationing at Bath and during … Continue reading Book Club March 2020: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Book Club February 2020:The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz Author: Heather Morris Publisher: Harper Page Count: 262 Publication Date: 2018 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.27) In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as … Continue reading Book Club February 2020:The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Book Review: Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Title:  Wasp Factory Author: Iain Banks Publisher: Simon & Schuster Page Count: 192 Publication Date: 1998 Category/Genre: Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary Fiction Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.85) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) Frank, no ordinary sixteen-year-old, lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank’s mother abandoned … Continue reading Book Review: Wasp Factory by Iain Banks