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: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Title:  Imaginary Friend Author: Stephen Chboksy Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Page Count: 705 Publication Date: 2019 Category/Genre: Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy, Suspense Good Reads Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.49) My Rating: ★★★☆☆(3.5) Imagine… Leaving your house in the middle of the night. Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she’s just as scared as you. … Continue reading Book Review: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Book Club July 2020: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Title: The Hate U Give Author: Angie Thomas Publisher: Blazer + Bray Page Count: 444 Publication Date: 2017 Category/Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Race, Social Justice, African-American Culture Good Reads Rating: ★★★★★ (4.52) Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy … Continue reading Book Club July 2020: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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 Club June 2020: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Title: Beloved Author: Toni Morrison Publisher: Vintage Page Count: 324 Publication Date: 1987 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural, African-American, Classics, American History Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.85) Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past. Sethe was born a slave and escaped to … Continue reading Book Club June 2020: Beloved by Toni Morrison

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