Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction

Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne

First in a Spinoff Series of the Iron Druid Chronicles I love fantasy, but I discovered I don't read a lot of fantasy by cis white dudes. Because most of fantasy is written by them, I often go looking for stories by women, POC, or LGBTQIA+ authors. But occasionally, a description will nab me, or… Continue reading Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne

Contemporary, Fiction

The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

A Scottish Bookshop Novel After reading the third in the bookshop loosely related series this summer, 500 Miles From You, I decided I'd just fill my summer with lots of Jenny Colgan and go for three with the series! Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Desperate to escape from London, single mother Zoe wants to build a… Continue reading The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

Comic Monday, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

When I first started going to a real comic book store, I discovered that I have a love of reading comics issue by issue, instead of bound volumes. I still only get the comic book shop every few months or so, but this was the first comic I started reading by issue! Synopsis From the… Continue reading Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Biography, History, Nonfiction

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II I always enjoy a good World War II fiction or nonfiction book, and when this one came in as an advance copy at the store with a blurb from Erik Larson on the front cover, I knew it had to… Continue reading D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

Comic Monday, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

The Adventure Zone 1: Here There Be Gerblins by The McElroys

Many of my Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) playing friends have told me how much they love The Adventure Zone. I'm not a big podcast person, but I do love a good fantasy graphic novel! So when the first volume was released, I decided to pick it up and give it a shot! If you want… Continue reading The Adventure Zone 1: Here There Be Gerblins by The McElroys

Book Club, Classics, Fiction

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I've been watching Little Women on near repeat the last few days to cope with being in the epicenter of the Pennsylvania Covid-19 outbreak. I re-read the book in the last month for the tenth time, but the first since I was fourteen and I'd nearly forgotten just how near and dear it is to… Continue reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

I almost posted another review today, but it's International Women's Day, so I knew I had to do a review of a book by one of my favorite female authors about one of my favorite women in history! Synopsis From the Jacket Flap:Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish: to… Continue reading The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Book Club, History, Nonfiction, Sociology

Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade

Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro As the moderator for the Nonfiction Book Club, I typically refrain from voting. I often wind up picking the books for the vote, or at least some of them, so I typically let everyone else decide, then I'll just step in to break ties. I… Continue reading Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Life Undercover by Amaryllis Fox

Coming of Age in the CIA It has become a well known fact that I enjoy memoirs and biographies of female journalists who cover the Middle East - It's What I Do and In Extremis are two of my all time favorite books I've ever read. This past year, however, women in the armed services… Continue reading Life Undercover by Amaryllis Fox

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, STEM

Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage

As a long time Mythbusters fan and maker, I've always enjoyed watching Adam on television. When I found out he was writing his memoir/maker manifesto, I couldn't read it fast enough. Unfortunately I didn't get an advance copy, so I had to wait along with everyone else. Thankfully, it was worth the wait to get… Continue reading Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage