Beth Harrison St. Amand has written a poignant memoir that can help break the taboos of speaking about suicide. It is obvious what a devastating loss she and many other family and friends have experienced in the death of her son, Gregory, to suicide a few years ago. It is particularly relevant because this family […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
“There are three rules of survival in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife.” This story is told by the three main characters. Dai, who is a spy in the city so that he can gain pardon from his past. Jin Ling, disguised as a boy, is looking for her sister who […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Just how short? You have slightly less than 9 and a half hours between sunrise and sunset today. Time is short, so you’d better read fast. War and Peace at nearly 1,400 pages is out, but there are many shorter classic novels that can […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
It’s official, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is the most recommended book of all time. This is probably not a surprise to anyone since most of us read it in high school. I reread this classic a few years ago and have to say that it affected me much more than it had […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
There is something about the fall and winter months that makes reading dystopian fiction especially appealing. Maybe it’s the darkening in the afternoons, or the way that people start to scurry down the streets with their faces tucked down against the wind. Particularly after the holiday decorations come down and the hustle of celebration has […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
It is painful for book lovers to contemplate this fact, but it remains a truth: some people don’t like to read very much. If this is an ingrained preference, it can be hard to sway someone to the literary side. However, I have had great success with a number of books, especially with books that […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Meria has lived her whole life searching for a way to return to her home. After the Kingdom of Winter was brutally attacked sixteen years ago, eight survivors have frantically tried to keep their young king safe and reclaim their kingdom. A broken locket might be the key to their hopes, but finding it and putting it […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Looking for a deliciously-woven story with a plush, well-developed setting? Interested in a main character who learns they have “special powers”–and might not end up using them for good? The Young Elites is the book for you. Adelina Amouteru is the survivor of a blood fever that ravaged her home decades ago. Most of the […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Grave Mercy hooked me with a fantastic premise: a story set in an alternate realm of history, featuring assassin nuns. Count me in. The story opens with Ismae, a teenager who escapes her very tough life and goes to live at St. Mortain, a convent where the sisters serve the god of Death. She learns the tips and secrets […]- Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Any fans of Gothic fiction should check out Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Since it was Halloween time, I decided to pick up something creepy, and Marina definitely fits the bill. The story is narrated by 15 year old Oscar Drai, a boarding school student in 1979 Barcelona. On one of his daily explorations of Barcelona, […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.