Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This story had some twists and turns that I didn’t predict. I thought this would be my 3rd and last novel this spring break but I finished it in just over a day. This YA fantasy is fast moving and the character of Alina is very reliable when she doubts herself and then proves herselfContinue reading “Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

Circe by Madeline Miller⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Circe just doesn’t fit in with the other gods and goddesses. Her own family ridicules her. When she is finally cast away, it is a relief. She can now live as she wishes and practice her “pharmaka” or witchcraft. Madeline Miller weaves known Greek Mythological stories of Circe with fleshed out storytelling of Circe’s childhoodContinue reading “Circe by Madeline Miller⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The House in the Cerulean Sea takes the protagonist, Linus Baker on a journey that results in him finding the meaning of family. Linus is a caseworker with the Department in Charge of Magical Youth (DICOMY). When Linus is sent to examine a home on the island of Marsyas everything he thinks he knows aboutContinue reading “The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This dark magic new adult fantasy novel came as a complete surprise to me. I’ve not read anything by Leigh Bardugo before and was not sure what this lauded novel would be like. Set on the campus of Yale, the novel follows protagonist Alex Stern as she investigates the disappearance of her coworker and theContinue reading “Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

⭐️⭐️⭐️ The format is original and interesting. In order to solve a murder and escape the puzzle of his predicament, Aiden Bishop spends each day in a new host body and relives the day seeing the action from a different perspective. As Aiden spends a day in the body of Sebastian Bell he starts toContinue reading “The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton”

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5) McConaughey tackles some lessons and hard times he experienced as a child and young man. At times I found him nonchalance regarding clearly traumatizing moments to be off putting. However, I loved his easygoing positive viewpoint on the world. He admits his mistakes but doesn’t harp on them and instead uses them asContinue reading “Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey”

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A memoir that is mixes the current day journey of author, Cheryl Strayed, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and then recounts her past including her painful childhood, death of her mother, and painful divorce after repeatedly cheating on her husband. At times I was embarrassed by the details she included and other timesContinue reading “Wild by Cheryl Strayed”

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

How do you move on after an enormous loss? How do you move forward after a huge secret is revealed? When an airplane flying from NYC to the Dominican Republic crashes, two teenage girls are left without their father. While learning how to say goodbye to their father, Carmino from the DR and Yahairo fromContinue reading “Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

White Fragility by Robin D’Angelo

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ There are many specific example of how the racism and lopsided power structure in the US has worked to continue the current. The biggest takeaway is how far we, as humans, still have to go to make the world a safe, humane, and liberated place for every person. We all have much work toContinue reading “White Fragility by Robin D’Angelo”

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’m having a moment where, like Tom Cruise’s character in the movie Cocktail, I always have some sort of self-improvement book in the TBR cue. These books are helpful. They’re quick and easy and uplifting and during a crazy pandemic time, I like them. Hollis’ book is truthful and still says do the hardContinue reading “Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis”