recommendations and reviews for the aspiring reader

recommendations and reviews for the aspiring reader

Category: Fiction

Review: Shimmer and Burn

Review: Shimmer and Burn

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta This is the story of two kings: one has taken to hiding among the shadows of a plague-ridden city while the other rules over his land with an iron fist, desperate to hold on to his stolen magic. In […]

Recommendation: The Baby-sitters Club

Recommendation: The Baby-sitters Club

The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier original series by Ann M. Martin The fact that I am recommending this series makes me smile — right from the inside out. As a child, books defined my days. They were an escape from a reality […]

Review: White Horses

Review: White Horses

White Horses by Alice Hoffman In Alice Hoffman’s spellbinding tale of a strange Southwestern family, the assumed chains of binding ties are challenged and left raw – all before eventually disintegrating into dust that rolls along the California hills. A distant and distrusting father figure, […]

Recommendation: The Princess, The Scoundrel, And The Farm Boy

Recommendation: The Princess, The Scoundrel, And The Farm Boy

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken If your son is anything like mine, it is almost impossible to get him to read outside of his allotted “required reading” for school. The summer has always been a struggle for me as […]

Recommendation: The Help

Recommendation: The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Some books are worth reading even if you see the movie — and Kathryn Stockett’s raw and real telling of The Help is one of them. In it’s essence, The Help […]

Review: Watch Me Disappear

Review: Watch Me Disappear

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown ” Leave, and they’ll hate you.  Die, and they’ll love you forever. “ At a cursory glance, the Flanagan family is a typical Californian unit: a techie Dad with cool hair, a beautiful and athletic mother, and a mature […]

Recommendation: Say No To Joe?

Recommendation: Say No To Joe?

Say No To Joe? by Lori Foster ” ‘Yes, Joe.” Then she smiled. “Saying yes to Joe Winston — it has to be one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.’ “ About ten years ago I was living in a small town that was […]

Review: Daisy Chains

Review: Daisy Chains

Daisy Chains by Anita Lounsbach ” ‘You need to love and be loved more as you get older, not less.’ “ What makes a family a family? Is it the dysfunction that all groups of blood-related people seem to have in common? The private jokes […]

Recommendation: The Count Of Monte Cristo

Recommendation: The Count Of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas “ All human wisdom is contained in these two words – Wait and Hope ” For a lot of aspiring readers, picking up one of the numerous tomes deemed “classic” can be a daunting task. From school […]

Review: Azarias Tor – The History Maker

Review: Azarias Tor – The History Maker

Azarias Tor: The History Maker by Richard Abbott-Brailey ” Remember, whatever you do now, in the past, and in the future — timing is everything. “ What if there really is more to life? What if your life truly has a higher purpose? Most members […]