Review: Honor

WARNING: Here there be spoilers — Honor was a total shocker to me. I went to the local library on my lunch break to snoop around and left with this copy of Thrity Umrigar’s book. Then I read 40 pages at a restaurant while I devoured my meal, finished my work day, and drove straightContinue reading “Review: Honor”

Review: Malibu Rising

I had fun with Malibu Rising. It was the first of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books that I read and is probably still my favorite (the other two I’ve read being The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six). Maybe it’s because I read this on a whirlwind trip to Panama CityContinue reading “Review: Malibu Rising”

Review: Girl Made of Stars

Content Warning: This post (and book) discusses sexual violence. — I’m writing a book, which may not come as a big shock. In researching my own story, I came across this one and, after reading the synopsis, knew I needed to get my hands on a copy. I thought it would be useful research, asContinue reading “Review: Girl Made of Stars”

Review: Know My Name

CONTENT WARNING — This post (and book) discusses sexual violence. — I didn’t know that if a woman was drunk when the violence occurred, she wouldn’t be taken seriously. I didn’t know that if he was drunk when the violence occurred, people would offer him sympathy. I didn’t know that my loss of memory wouldContinue reading “Review: Know My Name”

Review: The Four Winds

This story broke my heart into pieces. The Four Winds was my first Kristin Hannah book, so I had no idea that I was supposed to be braced for impact. But I should have been – this book brought forth so many emotions for me. The Four Winds follows Elsa Martinelli and her two childrenContinue reading “Review: The Four Winds”

Review: The Nightingale

If you’re read any of Kristin Hannah’s books, you know to expect something heart-wrenching that produces waterworks. But beyond just being emotional, her works are deep looks at the world around us during varying eras of human history. The Nightingale follows sisters Vianne and Isabelle Rossignol and their activities throughout the Second World War. ToContinue reading “Review: The Nightingale”

Review: West With Giraffes

I made a mistake. I read West With Giraffes far too fast. I practically devoured it as though I were starving. And I haven’t had a drought of good books lately – A Little Life, Shadows of Pecan Hollow, and My Monticello were all excellent reads. But there was something incredibly wholesome and renewing about this one. The animals had myContinue reading “Review: West With Giraffes”

Review: Shadows of Pecan Hollow

WARNING: Here there be spoilers Thank you to Net Galley, William Morrow, and Caroline Frost for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.—The minute I read the description of Shadows of Pecan Hollow I was interested. When I read reviews comparing it to Where the Crawdads Sing and Valentine, two of my favorite 2021 reads, I was on aContinue reading “Review: Shadows of Pecan Hollow”

Review: A Little Life

WARNING: Here there be spoilers — My god. What a story, what a telling. A Little Life follows four college friends and roommates – JB, Willem, Malcolm, and Jude – as they navigate their lives and relationships in New York City. The story centers on Jude St. Francis, whose tragic and mysterious past is unknownContinue reading “Review: A Little Life”

Review: The Great Alone

The Great Alone broke me down and built me back whole all in one fell swoop. This book was my second of Kristin Hannah’s, the first being The Four Winds. I gave The Four Winds a whole-hearted five stars. So, saying all that, I hold The Great Alone even closer in my heart than itsContinue reading “Review: The Great Alone”