Review: The Paris Apartment

Omigosh. I tried to get ahead of the narrator at every step of this book and I could NOT! The Paris Apartment isn’t my usual jam. There weren’t many picks for March’s Book of the Month Club choices that I was interested in so I went with this one, thinking that it would at leastContinue reading “Review: The Paris Apartment”

Review: White Oleander

This book isn’t new, so nothing I’m going to say about it is going to be novel or revolutionary by anyone’s standards. White Oleander has been on my TBR shelf for a considerably long time, and while I really really loved it, it took me an inordinately long time to finish. Usually I could blowContinue reading “Review: White Oleander”

Review: The Night Circus

This one was an interesting read. I’m not one for fantasy (save for my Lord of the Rings obsession and my fleeting fancy for A Song of Ice and Fire) or mystical and magical things, so I probably wasn’t the right audience for this book. If I had been, maybe I would have liked itContinue reading “Review: The Night Circus”

Review: Verity

WARNING: Here there be spoilers — I have an unpopular opinion (I know, big surprise). I think Colleen Hoover is a miserable contemporary fiction writer. In fact, I’d go so far as to say she’s a pretty miserable writer in general. But Verity was different from the other four of her books I’ve read (thoseContinue reading “Review: Verity”

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: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

— The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is not really my usual type of read, but I was captivated by the cover, imagining how beautiful and romantic the story must be, and after reading review after review of it, I picked up my own copy (and a buddy-read copy for my best pal Edith). WeContinue reading “Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”

Review: The Pillars of the Earth

WARNING: Here there be spoilers — When someone asks for a recommendation for an epic, sweeping multi-generational saga, The Pillars of the Earth immediately comes to mind. It’s a fantastically-researched tale of the building of a fictional Gothic cathedral in 12th century England. Which, I realize, doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s amazing what Ken FollettContinue reading “Review: The Pillars of the Earth”

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 Midnight Library

I am absolutely flabbergasted that this book is so ubiquitous. What do you all see in it? The writing was so flat, the characters even flatter. And the plotting! ‘Round and ’round in circles we went and where did we end up in the end? Exactly where we started. So many reviews of this bookContinue reading “Review: The Midnight Library”

Review: We Are Not Like Them

This book was heartbreaking. It’s a wonderful concept for a novel, written by two friends, one white and one black. It’s told from the perspective of Riley and Jen, two lifelong friends whose lives have drifted in different directions. Riley is an ambitious black journalist in Philadelphia, and Jen is a white woman pregnant withContinue reading “Review: We Are Not Like Them”