Book Club, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

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

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

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Sociology

Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Millennials unite! This is my first millennial autobiography/memoir (I think?), and I absolutely thought I was not going to be able to relate to Anna, but I was oh so very surprised by her story, and my experience reading it. Synopsis From the Front Flap:In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech-industry idealism, Anna Wiener… Continue reading Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

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

Fiction, Mythology

Mythos by Stephen Fry

Mythos was included as one of Libro.fm's advanced listening copies for booksellers and as I was in the mood for something a little different for my evening listening (and I've always loved Stephen Fry), I figured it was a good one to try out! Synopsis From the Front Flap:Rediscover the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun… Continue reading Mythos by Stephen Fry

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

The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher

I've started reading again! In an effort to ingratiate myself with our publisher reps at the bookstore, I've decided to read an advanced reader copy a month BEFORE the book comes out AND write an "Indie Next" pick for it - this is the first! Downside, I read it back in July so my memory… Continue reading The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher

Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

A book? About a mysterious bookstore with a millennial cast of characters? My response to finding out about was as follows: WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK SOONER?!? And then I told my boss about it and made him buy it. Yep, I'm that kind of indie bookstore manager - I upsell to… Continue reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Biography, Non-Fiction

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

I've always had a certain fascination with Britain's royal family, ever since Princess Diana died. When The Crown started airing, I was watching from the beginning, and, like most, discovered what a volatile character Princess Margaret was. So, as per usual when it comes to books, when our publisher rep for Macmillan told me there… Continue reading Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown