Book Review: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Transcendent Kingdom - Yaa Gyasi (Bond Street Books, 2020) Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi was one of my top reads of 2020 so I went into reading Transcendent Kingdom with very high expectations. While Transcendent Kingdom has a lot in it that is beautiful and thoughtful, it does suffer by comparison to Homegoing and it was… Continue reading Book Review: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Book Review: White Ivy by Susie Yang

White Ivy - Susie Yang (Simon & Schuster, 2020) The blurb for this novel tells us that Ivy Lin is a thief and liar. And while these are certainly true of the main character of White Ivy, it doesn't tell the whole story. Ivy Lin is someone who wants more. At a young age, while… Continue reading Book Review: White Ivy by Susie Yang

Book Review: This Little Light by Lori Lansens

This Little Light - Lori Lansens (Random House Canada, 2019) If I had begun reading This Little Light expecting a young adult book, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more. The book has a very juvenile tone that became frustrating when I was hoping for a more nuanced exploration into conservative Christianity… Continue reading Book Review: This Little Light by Lori Lansens

Book Review: Shiner – Amy Jo Burns

Shiner - Amy Jo Burns (Riverhead Books, 2020) I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. It is on sale now. Wren Bird has lived her whole life on the same mountain, isolated from even the tiny mining town nearby. Her father is the local preacher, the snake handling,… Continue reading Book Review: Shiner – Amy Jo Burns

Book Review: The Escapist by David Puretz

The Escapist - David Puretz (Global City Press, 2020) I received an Advance Reader's Edition of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. The Escapist has a release date of January 28, 2020. Billy Chute is a young man in his early twenties who has recently left behind his home and job… Continue reading Book Review: The Escapist by David Puretz

Book Review: Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Frankly in Love - David Yoon (Putnam, 2019) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Let's start with what doesn't work about this young adult novel. It's way too long. It's over 400 pages and it seems to cover almost everything that could possibly happen to a teenage… Continue reading Book Review: Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Book Review: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee (Harper Collins, 2015) After reading Furious Hours by Casey Cepabout Harper Lee's life and career, I decided to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird and then to finally read Go Set a Watchman. Like many others, I read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school. And like many others… Continue reading Book Review: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Book Review: The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

Can you make an immoral choice and still be a moral, good person? This is the question explored in John Steinbeck's final novel. It's been a while since I read either Steinbeck's previous and more famous works but The Winter of our Discontent strikes me as quite different than his other novels. Not just because… Continue reading Book Review: The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

Book Review: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

The Incendiaries - R.O. Kwon (Riverhead Books, 2018) The Incendiaries left me with a lot of questions. Which isn't surprising in such a taut, relatively short book. But the greatest question was: Is Will a reliable narrator? Will Kendall tells the story of his years at Edwards College, a prestigious (fictional) university on the East… Continue reading Book Review: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network tells the story of two women and two world wars, connected by one profiteering villain. We meet Charlie St. Clair in 1947, newly arrived in Europe with her mother in order to take care of her Little Problem/unwed pregnancy. Charlie has her own plans though and soon escapes from her mother in… Continue reading Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn