Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, Sociology

Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade

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 was happy when this one was tied with another because… Continue reading Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade

Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, STEM

The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

‘Tis the last Nonfiction Book Club book of the year, as recommended by a former coworker to the group. Next year, 2020, all book club selections will have been voted on by the group as a whole. Synopsis From the Back Cover:Near the end of the nineteenth century, food was dangerous - lethal, even. Milk… Continue reading The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

Fantasy, Fiction, New Adult, Young Adult

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

This review is SPOILER FREE! What feels like many years ago, I kept seeing this book cover that looked super cool. It was green and had a girl who looked like a total badass on the cover. Little did I know that it was the third in a new series that had, until then, been… Continue reading Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Fantasy, Fiction

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I've been trying to read Nevernight for the better part of two and a half years. Which is weird, because I really like it. I don't know why it's taken me so long to read it, save for my occasionally annoying new obsession with all thing nonfiction that makes fiction seem boring. Which again, weird.… Continue reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Fiction, Historical

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

I love any book set in Europe during World War II, it is by far one of my favorite time periods to read about. I requested the audiobook from the library to listen to while driving to and from work and I wound up enjoying it so much, I bought the actual book as well.… Continue reading At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Fantasy, Fiction, Middle Grades, Retelling

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

I’ll readily admit that Ella’s dark green dress on the front cover of the first paperback edition was what first caught my attention. But given my established record as a lover of fairy tale adaptations, it should come as no surprise that this is the book that started my obsession! Synopsis How can a fairy's… Continue reading Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

A few years ago I was looking for new books to listen to on my long work drives and picked up Eleanor & Park, having seen it all over the book stores and hearing lots of wonderful things about Rainbow Rowell’s work. I almost didn’t bother listening to it after the first 5 minutes –… Continue reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Fantasy, Fiction

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Knowing of our shared love of Good Omens, Ben picked up a copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane for me from the Strand one year for Christmas! Synopsis A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm… Continue reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I finally realized why I read so many books about young women during World War II. My grandmother grew up in Nürnberg during this time and she has never spoken about her childhood. From what my father has told me about her experiences, I wouldn’t talk about it either. I read so many books because… Continue reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

There aren't many books that I can say I jumped on when they were first released in hardcover, but I'm very proud to own a first edition of Seraphina. It is one of my favorite books (I know, I say that a lot), but this one I love specifically to recommend to people. Seraphina, the character,… Continue reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman