Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

The Museum of Extraordinary Things was not a good fit for me. It was recommended to me by a coworker, and when she described the side-show museum, I immediately wanted to read it. I love books about the circus, and a museum of oddities is kind of like a circus, right? Sadly, this book was too character-driven for my taste. There just wasn’t enough plot. The book jumps back and forth between past and present and between two main characters. Coralie is living on Coney Island with her father. She has been appearing as the Mermaid Girl in his museum since she was ten years old. Eddie […]

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Review: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

The Righteous Mind is a fascinating look into the difference between liberal and conservative political and religious views. It really helped me a lot in my quest to understand what’s happening in America with the election of Trump and the continued rampant persecution of minorities. Haidt uses metaphors to explain his theories, all based in evolutionary psychology. This book is probably one of the best organized non-fiction books I’ve ever read. Each chapter starts with a introduction to what will be covered and contains a quick recap of the ideas presented. The whole book is well organized and Haidt gives explanations of why he’s laid things […]

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Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is amazing. This book is another one that I had heard a lot of people recommend over the last couple of years, but I didn’t really know what it was about. The fact that it had “Bookstore” in the title was enough to make me want to read it. What book lover doesn’t love books about bookstores, right? But surprisingly, this book seemed to me to be way more about computers and technology than about books. It was perfect for me! Clay takes the night shift at a bookstore after he cannot find a job doing computer work during the recession. […]

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Review: Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever, Interrupted was my last Taylor Jenkins Reid book. I love her work. She develops amazing characters with interesting plots, and this book was no exception. Less than two weeks after Elsie and Ben’s wedding, Ben is killed in a car/bike accident. Instead of living happily ever after, Elsie has to deal with Ben’s death and her new mother-in-law. She’s grieving and heart broken, and because it was a short relationship, no one understands grief. This book is written in alternating chapters – present day and the past. The reader gets to read about Elsie and Ben falling in love but also Elsie’s struggle to […]

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Review: Come This Way by Michelle Schlicher

Come This Way by Michelle Schlicher

Come This Way is a self-published contemporary women’s fiction novel. I’m not sure I’d ever read a self-published book before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This book was amazing. It had parallel story lines with multiple characters that all come together at the end. It focuses on all different kinds of love and has a sort of Love, Actually feel to it. Fern, a hiking enthusiast, and her twenty-something daughter Colby get lost in the woods. Their cell phones don’t work, and they have limited supplies. Most horrific to me, Colby didn’t bring her glasses, so after the second day she has to remove her contacts […]

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Review & Interview: The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

The Yellow Envelope is an incredibly raw and honest memoir about having the courage to go after a dream. After establishing her career and acquiring everything she always thought she wanted out of life, Kim Dinan realized that she wasn’t happy. She didn’t want that life. She wanted to quit her job to travel the world and write. And she was able to convince her husband to support her in this journey. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. With the help of some amazing friends, Kim and Brian’s plans expanded to include giving away money to whomever they chose while traveling the world. This […]

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Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 was a great suspense story, and it made me want to go on another cruise. Lo, a travel journalist, gets a break when her pregnant boss cannot go on the maiden voyage of a new, small, luxury cruise ship, The Aurora Borealis. The night before the journey, Lo’s apartment is broken into, so she’s a little on edge. When she witnesses something strange happening in the cabin next door in the dead of night, no one believes her. She begins to go a little crazy, and she doesn’t know who to trust. This book was written so well. I didn’t […]

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Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants was an amazing audiobook. The whole book is written as a case file, so it’s interviews and journal entries performed by a full cast audio (Audible version). It took about an hour for me to understand what exactly was happening in the story, but then I was hooked. Pieces of a giant metal robot have been found on Earth, and they’re suspected to be the remains of aliens on Earth thousands (or maybe millions) of years ago. The main players in the story are the lead scientist, a mathematician, and a couple of military pilots. And the un-named interviewer. It’s so interesting! I don’t […]

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Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite authors. She has the gift of storytelling. All of her books contain artfully constructed webs of plot and tremendously likable characters. This book is pretty wonderful, although it skews a little more towards character development than plot. Evelyn Hugo has been the star of Hollywood for many generations, and she’s finally ready to share her story with the world – including the truth about her seven marriages. She selects Monique Grant seemingly out of nowhere. Through a series of meetings, Monique learns all the intricate details of Evelyn’s life, and the catch is that she has to write […]

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Review: The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night was a good read, but it wasn’t as good as I was hoping given the hype. Four friends, Pia, Rachel, Sandra, and Winifred, head to the remotest region of Maine for a river rafting trip, their annual girls weekend. The story is narrated by Wini, who’s recently gone through a divorce and is still devastated by the death of her brother. She has reservations about the trip, but Pia, the wild, outgoing one, convinces her everything will be fine. The women are accessing a never before rafted river because their young tour guide’s family owns the land that has the only […]

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