Biography, Book Club, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Jell-O Girls by Allie Rowbottom

I've been half-heartedly participating in a book club that used to be mine and has now migrated into someone else's, but I've still had a foot in the door. When a fellow member picked Jell-O Girls for today's discussion, I was thrilled to finally read nonfiction AND get to talk about it. Downside, my opinion and personal experiences seemed… Continue reading Jell-O Girls by Allie Rowbottom

Book Club, Fantasy, Fiction

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Back in January 2013 I was trying to find a new favorite book (which never works, you can’t force it) and I had been eyeing A Discovery of Witches for a while and decided to take a chance on it. I read the first 30 pages, got really annoyed and put it away, only to… Continue reading All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Book Club, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

It is not often that I get the idea in my head that I absolutely must read a book at a particular time, but I decided this year before Christmas that I absolutely had to read Furiously Happy. My coworker, Jennifer, who loves Jenny Lawson, said "No, no. You have to read Let's Pretend This… Continue reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Book Club, Classics, Fiction, Mystery

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Review Previously Published, Updated November 6th with Laura’s Review! Just like A Study in Scarlet, Murder on the Orient Express was one of the Modern Readers' Magical Mystery Tour books from last summer. Every since I saw The Mousetrap, one of Agatha Christie's plays, and watched the Doctor Who episode that includes Agatha as part of the storyline, I've wanted… Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Book Club, Graphic Novel, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis had been on my TBR list for a very long time, probably since I first saw the trailer for the film adaptation (which I still haven't seen) at an art theater in the town I grew up in. When Emma Watson, one of my personal heroes, decided to make it a selection for her Goodreads'… Continue reading Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Book Club, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Review Previously Published, Updated October 16th with Laura's Review! Salt to the Sea first came into my hands as an ARC (advanced reader copy) shortly after I was introduced to Ruta Sepetys' writing when I picked up a copy of Between Shades of Gray at a not-so-little hidden gem of a used book store in center city Philadelphia.… Continue reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Book Club, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror

The Vorrh by Brian Catling

Today my husband and I are celebrating the 7th anniversary of our first date so I figured I would review one of his favorite books, that I also read for our book club, The Modern Readers.  Synopsis Outside the colonial town of Essenwald lies the Vorrh, a vast - perhaps endless - forest. Sentient and… Continue reading The Vorrh by Brian Catling

Book Club, Fiction, Historical

Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

A former co-worker first recommended Cinnamon and Gunpowder to me when I told her of my love of pirate tales. It then became a book that sat on my shelf for far too long until I decided it should be a book selection for my book club, the Modern Readers! Synopsis The year is 1819, and the… Continue reading Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

Book Club, Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Yesterday a book came into the bookstore that I could not believe my coworkers did not show me immediately - a new biography of Prince Harry! I freaked out so much my boss just gave it to me... I should probably tone down my royalist tendencies. But it reminded me of another book that I… Continue reading The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Book Club, Fiction, Science Fiction

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I had wanted to read Station Eleven for quite a while, since I first saw it sitting on a table in a bookstore. I picked it up regularly in stores and contemplated purchasing it before finally doing so two years ago. And then it sat in my to-be-read pile for far too long. So when I decided… Continue reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel