Review: Not a Match by Brian Donovan

Brian Donovan has been on over a hundred online dates, so when he writes a book on online dating disasters, I am all ears. I listened to Not A Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters one weekend before Valentine's Day on a car ride to a conference. An hour and a half commute, … Continue reading Review: Not a Match by Brian Donovan

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Review: The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringwell

He lifted his face toward the treetops and whistled a few notes of one of the tribe's songs. None were tunes you'd hear on the radio, though Kit would have sworn one of them had stolen riffs from a Bowie song. No surprise. Goblins stole stuff every chance they got. The Goblins of Bellwater has … Continue reading Review: The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringwell

Book Review: Burmese Days by George Orwell

Burmese Days by George Orwell is a novel set in 1920's Burma, where Orwell had spent five years as a police officer between 1922 and 1927. Flory is a timber merchant, a man with little backbone and a hideous birthmark. His only friend is Dr. Veraswami, a Burmese man who worships the superiority of the … Continue reading Book Review: Burmese Days by George Orwell

Review: Tarnished City by Vic James

Tarnished City by Vic James is the second book in the Dark Gifts series. Set in modern day Britain, this dystopian fantasy is the story of an underdog. Parliament is run by a technocratic society where magic is power. Supporting this society is the labor of the Unskilled, or magicless lower classes. Every Unskilled person … Continue reading Review: Tarnished City by Vic James

Review: The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain was a novel recommended to me by my Microbiology professor at the beginning of the semester. Crichton is a master of blending science and fiction, and though I am not always a fan of science fiction, this book was one I enjoyed. A space probe has come back to Earth, … Continue reading Review: The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Review: Strangers and Sojourners by Michael O’Brien

"I am a patriot," she went on. "But my country is an invisible one, populated by poets and painters, novelists and thinkers who are interested, above all, in truth." I am a huge fan of stretching outside of your reading comfort zone, which is why I love being part of my local Well Read Mom … Continue reading Review: Strangers and Sojourners by Michael O’Brien

Review: Love in the Afternoon by Alison Packard

After finishing Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace last week I knew I needed to press reset and turn my attention to something lighter. Enter in Love in the Afternoon by Alison Packard. Kayla Maxwell has landed a job as actress on the most popular soap opera, paired with the steamy and talented actor Sean Barrett. … Continue reading Review: Love in the Afternoon by Alison Packard

Review: Dead Sleep by Greg Iles

Dead Sleep by Greg Iles was our latest selection for book club. I finished the book last week, but had held off on writing the review in the hopes of doing another book club review. However, since only three people read the book at the meeting (including me), we did not end up discussing the … Continue reading Review: Dead Sleep by Greg Iles

Review: The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

George Woodbury is a beloved science teacher who once saved the local school from an armed shooter. Fast forward a decade and the same science teacher is in prison after being accused of sexual misconduct with four students. The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall is the story of the family as they await … Continue reading Review: The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

Monday Milestones: Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza is the perfect balm for this ex-New Yorker's soul. I remember when I lived in the city the immense pressure put on you by the fitness community to be up to date: in the know of all the hottest classes and events, a visitor to all the … Continue reading Monday Milestones: Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza