This has been an unusual reading year for me. It's been a weird year, period. I finally finished library school in August, and although my program was only two years, working full-time made it feel more like ten years. Then my husband and I moved across the country for my dream job, and while I … Continue reading 2019 Reflections: What reading taught me this year
Title: Where the Crawdads SingAuthor: Delia OwensMy rating: 2 / 5TL;DR: Expect long-winded meditations on nature, loneliness, and sexual awakening. The lengthy descriptions distracted me from the action of the book (there isn’t much action as it is). I didn't enjoy it. Full disclosure: I usually like the bestsellers. I'm a sucker for a conversation piece. I … Continue reading Am I the only one who didn’t like Where The Crawdads Sing? | Book Review
Title: Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success Author: Adam GrantMy rating: 5 / 5In a nutshell: You probably have to work with other people on a daily basis. Give and Take provides a new model for doing business that is based on the golden rule, and I found it compelling. Even if you don't regularly … Continue reading Give and Take by Adam Grant | Book Review
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
I vanished for two months. Here's why. (Don't worry, it's not too dramatic.)
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
I recently looked over my list of books that I read in 2016 (as book lovers do) and discovered that, unintentionally, I read several WWII-era books last year. I also happened to notice one overarching detail: Each book strongly featured the color blue in its cover artwork. Coincidence? Maybe. Or the smart marketing people at publishing houses … Continue reading Have you noticed? WWII books all seem to have blue covers
In a nutshell, Everyone Brave is Forgiven was one of the most disappointing books I’ve finished in a long time. Chris Cleave is a bestselling author for a reason, and many people have enjoyed this book. Perhaps it's just my personal tastes, but this book didn't work for me on many levels.
It's taken me some time to chew over what to say in a review of The Underground Railroad. How do you review a book about horrors that were not committed toward your ancestors? Horrors that your ancestors, in fact, may have committed?
We all have our pet peeves when it comes to listening to audiobooks. Here are the top 5 reasons I'll hit "stop" on an audiobook.