book reviews

  • Maame by Jessica George, book cover
    Maame
    Maame by Jessica George is an endearing, emotional story about family, finding one’s self, and coming to terms with life and all that it has to offer. The books I’ve received from Netgalley have been disappointing lately, so I wasn’t expecting much from this. However, I was …
  • 2022 mini-reviews part 1
    Often, I don’t write full book reviews for every book I read. However, I like to capture my thoughts about each book whenever I can. This is a collection of mini-reviews on books I’ve read so far in 2022. There will be a part 2 with more reviews coming soon! L.A. Weather L.A. Weather by …
  • The Paper Palace
    The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller is quite popular and highly rated. So my opinions are, once again, contrary to what others are saying. This review contains spoilers, so don’t read anymore if that’s a concern for you!…
  • A World of Women book cover
    A World of Women
    First off, when I requested this book from NetGalley, I didn’t realize it was originally published in 1913. I found the (newly added?) introduction to the book to be terrible. That should have a been a clue! Regardless, I skimmed and skipped over the intro and started reading. This novel has …
  • Meant to Be
    Meant to Be
    Meant to Be by Emily Giffin is a romance novel centered around a fictional Kennedy-esque family. While enjoyable, I often found the story to be bland, the characters shallow, and overall less than what I expect from Emily Giffin. Touching on a plethora of issues—domestic abuse, dead parents, the …
  • Fevered Star
    Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse is the second book in the series Between Earth and Sky. The sequel to Black Sun, this novel will not disappoint fans of the first. A wild fantasy series, complete with mysticism, magic, intrigue, romance, and family feuds. Fevered Star returns to The Merdian in the …
  • Daisy Jones Book Cover
    Daisy Jones and the Six
    People like this book. People LOVE this book. O.M.G. I do not understand why. Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, uses a rock documentary narrative device. Everything is told as though from transcripts of the documentary interviews. I listened to the audiobook, and while I didn’t enjoy …
  • The Night Shift
    The Night Shift by Alex Finlay is a fast-paced, adventurous murder mystery. There are a lot of characters in this novel. So many that I almost felt I like I needed to take notes to keep track of everyone! With many interesting characters, and several plot twists to keep readers guessing, The Night …
  • Project Hail Mary
    Project Hail Mary, a book review
    Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir is a science fiction, saving-the-world-and-humanity, epic adventure. Ryland Grace is not your typical astronaut, he’s a junior high school science teacher! This is the third book I’ve read from Weir. Like The Martian, this book is engaging, witty, and just …
  • The Soul's Echo book cover
    The Soul’s Echo
    The Soul’s Echo by Jill Creech Bauer is a collection of 13 short stories Stories about memories, living, and what it means to have a soul. Like the collection’s title, the stories seem to be echos of each other, with similar or repeated themes. Overall, the concepts and ideas of the …