Contemporary, Fiction, Social Themes

Home or Away by Kathleen West

Every season I peruse thousands upon thousands of titles from all the major publishers, and some smaller ones, to decide which books to bring into the store. In the 6 years that I've been the adult book buyer, I have never come across an adult book featuring women hockey players. Not once. Never. And if… Continue reading Home or Away by Kathleen West

Book Club, History, Nonfiction

Black Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay Dolin

The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates As a well known lover of pirates, this book had been on my TBR for quite some time. When Nonfiction Book Club was disappointed by the lack of pirateyness in The Last Pirate of New York, I suggested we read this real pirate book! Synopsis From the… Continue reading Black Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay Dolin

Book Club, History, Nonfiction, STEM

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements This was one of my selections for Nonfiction Book Club! Continuing on my obsession with radiation and chemistry, it was a most enthralling read. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes… Continue reading The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

Diary of a Bookseller

International Women’s Day 2022: #BreakTheBias

Today is International Women's Day - a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality (definition from the IWD website). Each year there is a theme to International Women's Day and this year's theme is Break the Bias. As… Continue reading International Women’s Day 2022: #BreakTheBias

Biography, Book Club, History, Nonfiction, STEM, True Crime

American Sherlock by Kate Winkler Dawson

Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI When a member of Nonfiction Book Club put this book forth for voting I admittedly did not want it to get voted through to an actual selection. When it was, I dreaded reading it, but was quite pleasantly surprised. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Berkeley, California, 1933. In… Continue reading American Sherlock by Kate Winkler Dawson

Classics, Fiction, Mythology

Troy by Stephen Fry

The Greek Myths Reimagined #3 - follow up to Mythos & Heroes Back to a catch-up post from a 2021 read, Troy completes Stephen Fry's Greek Myths Reimagined trilogy! Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Full of tragic heroes, intoxicating love stories, and the unstoppable force of fate, there is no conflict more iconic than the Trojan… Continue reading Troy by Stephen Fry

Fiction, Historical

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

In an effort to read more of my advance reader copies that I'd been hoarding on my shelves, and to continue with my mid-century feminist historical cozy fiction kick, I picked up The Kitchen Front last September. (I'm publishing the review now because the paperback is out on Tuesday here in the States). Synopsis From… Continue reading The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Crescent City #1 This book took me over two years to read - I received an ARC in December 2019 and it was partly intentional that I took so long, and partly the fault of the book. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life--working hard all day and partying all night--until a… Continue reading House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas