Book Reviews, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Popular Posts

Old Book, New Review: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Title: The Pillars of the Earth Author: Ken Follett My rating: 4 / 5 Genre: Historical Fiction TL;DR: For more conservative readers, there will definitely be some sections to skip over (sex, rape, violence etc.). However, despite these flaws, Follett's world is so captivating and the drama of the cathedral's construction is so captivating, that if you love being sucked… Continue reading Old Book, New Review: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Book Lists, Business, Christian Spirituality, Features, Nonfiction

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Book Reviews, Christian Spirituality, Nonfiction

Old Book, New Review: Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Title: Blue Like Jazz Author: Donald Miller My rating: 3 / 5 Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir TL;DR: I didn't find the writing style sophisticated or completely enjoyable, but the perspective and ideas presented make this one worth the read. Expect to be challenged and prepare to ask yourself questions about your own version of faith. You get a strange mix… Continue reading Old Book, New Review: Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Book Reviews, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Popular Posts

Snooze Alert: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Title: Everyone Brave is Forgiven Author: Chris Cleave My rating: 1 / 5 Genre: Historical Fiction Is it worth reading? No. I found it to be long, flat, and confusing at times. Characters are underdeveloped, the plot tries to accomplish too much, and dialogue is tiresome. There are  so many great WWII novels out there ... this is not one of… Continue reading Snooze Alert: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Book Reviews, Fiction, General Fiction

DNF: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Title: The Nest Author: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney My rating: DNF Genre: Fiction, General Is it worth reading? I wouldn't recommend it. I thought this would be like reading a celebrity gossip magazine—an easy, breezy, guilty pleasure. This was definitely not that. The Nest was more like a romance novel featuring unlikeable characters and catty behavior. >>SPOILER FREE REVIEW<< I hate marking a book… Continue reading DNF: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Book Reviews, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Book Review: Why You Need to Read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Title: The Underground Railroad Author: Colson Whitehead My rating: 4 / 5 Genre: Historical Fiction Audiobook note: Bahni Turpin does a fantastic job narrating. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her mastery of different accents and character voices. As you'll see below, I think listening on audiobook really helped me finish this story. Is it worth reading? Yes, yes, yes. The Underground Railroad is not a… Continue reading Book Review: Why You Need to Read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Book Reviews, Dystopia, Fiction, Popular Posts

Book Review: Is The Circle by Dave Eggers Worth Reading?

Title: The Circle Author: Dave Eggers My rating: 3 / 5 Genre: Fiction (Dystopia) Audiobook note: The Circle's main character is a woman. Soooo I'm still trying to figure out why it was narrated by a man. It doesn't make sense. I wasn't even sure I would be able to enjoy the audiobook, because Dion Graham honestly sounds like the… Continue reading Book Review: Is The Circle by Dave Eggers Worth Reading?

Book Reviews, Fiction, General Fiction

Book Review: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Title: Commonwealth Author: Ann Patchett My rating: 5 / 5 Genre: General Fiction Audiobook note: I highly recommend the audiobook! Hope Davis has this fascinating voice—equal parts smokey, crackly, and hilariously sarcastic—that makes listening to Commonwealth pure pleasure. Each character has a unique vocal fingerprint. I remember thinking while listening, "I could never have brought these characters to life in… Continue reading Book Review: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Book Reviews, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Book Review: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Title: The Light Between Oceans Author: M.L. Stedman My rating: 3.5 / 5 Audiobook note: I initially tried listening to The Light Between Oceans on audiobook, but I had to constantly adjust the volume because the narrator fluctuated between a whisper and yell. Annoying. Is it worth reading? If want a beach read or a quick love story with a little bit of edge, this… Continue reading Book Review: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman