One of the biggest changes this past year is that I've become a fan of nonfiction. I used to dislike reading nonfiction (see this post), but this year I've found myself enjoying nonfiction just as much—if not more—than fiction. Read more about my reading reflections on 2019 and goals for 2020 here! 1. Bad Blood: … Continue reading 2019 in review: 3 Favorite True Crime books
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
Titles: The Queen of the Tearling, The Invasion of the Tearling, The Fate of the Tearling Author: Erika Johansen My rating: 4 / 5 Genre: Fantasy Is it worth reading? Definitely. If you love fantasy, action, politics, and magic sapphires, this is the series for you. It's central plot conflict stretches across three books, making the resolution exciting and (mostly) … Continue reading The Queen of the Tearling Series | Book Review
Musings on the beginning of a new year and reflections on 2017. Plus, my favorite books of 2017!
Three books you need to read ASAP.
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 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.
Life is too short to finish books you don't like. So I gave myself a gold star and moved on.
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?