Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

It's hard to believe it was twenty years ago that I first read The Princess Diaries and my love of royalist fiction was born. I first read it after the movie came out and my friends and I became obsessed with the movie. And then I was a bit disappointed that both of my parents… Continue reading Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Biography, History, Nonfiction

Pirate Women by Laura Sook Duncombe

The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas I love all things pertaining to pirates, particularly women pirates. It's long been a fascination for me, piracy seemingly the only women many women could truly be "free" throughout history. I've had this book since it first came out in 2016 and tried time and… Continue reading Pirate Women by Laura Sook Duncombe

History, Nonfiction, True Crime

We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence In my continuing efforts to read a book in every section of the store, I realized that the book I called true crime had a week argument at best. When I came across We Keep the Dead Close as an advance copy, I figured it… Continue reading We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

Book Club, History, Nonfiction, Sociology

The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner

Lessons from the World's Most Creative Places It's another Nonfiction Book Club selection! We discussed this one at the end of August and embarrassingly, I had not finished it by the time we discussed it so I'm a bit behind in posting my review today. Synopsis From the Back Cover:Bestselling author Eric Weiner is no… Continue reading The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner

Bookish Tuesday, Fiction, Historical

Historical Fiction Favorites

Historical fiction wound up being the genre that got me back into reading at the end of my self-isolation during this pandemic and I have a feeling it's what I'm going to want to be reading for most of the summer - to escape a different time in the past where things were, if not… Continue reading Historical Fiction Favorites

Book Club, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

We had our first self-isolation book club meeting this week! While we were supposed to discuss Kabul Beauty School in March, we discussed it a few days ago, and we had a very lively video discussion! Synopsis From the Back Cover:Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan with nothing but a desire to help and a degree… Continue reading Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

Biography, History, Nonfiction

A Team of Their Own by Seth Berkman

How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History I begged and begged our sales rep for an advance copy of this book, and it kept getting postponed again. And again. And again. Which meant by the time it found it's way into my hands, I just wasn't really in the mood for it, with the Winter… Continue reading A Team of Their Own by Seth Berkman

Biography, Bookish Tuesday, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

Real Life Female Superheroes

I've come to discover a favorite sub-genre emerging: women going out into the world and being real life badasses. What follows are a few of my favorites! Current Favorites Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA by Amaryllis FoxAmaryllis Fox's memoir is a chronicle of her time in the CIA in the middle east… Continue reading Real Life Female Superheroes

Book Club, History, Nonfiction, STEM

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

Another Nonfiction book club pick! This particular book came to us highly recommended from one of my coworkers, and overall it was one we greatly enjoyed! Synopsis From the back cover:Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today the dinosaurs remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall… Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte