Book Review: Little by Edward Carey

“What casual monsters we are. What calamities we are capable of.”
Edward Carey, Little

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4 disco balls

Published: October 4, 2018 by Riverhead Books
Category: Historical Fiction

This is why I love book club: I would not have picked up this book on my own, but so glad I read it.

It was not my typical jam and sounded a bit strange…and boy was it strange – an oddity – BUT I couldn’t stop turning the page. You really want to know what happens to all these characters; although I hated me some Widow Picot, what a wicked character.

I was a bit fascinated by it all.Read More »

Audiobook Review: To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

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4.5 disco balls

Published: February 12, 2019 by Dial Books
Length: 6 hours and 13 minutes, cast of narrators
Category: Middle Grade, Fiction, LGBT

Total Parent Trap vibes, but obviously not the exact storyline. If you are a fan of the original movie you will start singing “Let’s Get Together yeah, yeah, yeah” 🎶 to yourself quite often, or at least I did. 😉Read More »

Audiobook Review: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

2.5

2.75 stars
I gave an additional .25 for including the Epilogue of The Hating Game

Published: January 29, 2019 by William Morrow
Narrated by: Jayme Mattler, HarperAudio
Length: 11 hours 23 minutes
Category: Romance, Chick-lit, Womens Fiction

It was okay, it could have been way better. I was disappointed in how flat it fell.

It left me more irritated than love sick. What a bummer.Read More »

Audiobook Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, narrated by Bahni Turpin

 

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(Legacy of Orïsha #1)

Overall Story:

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4 disco balls

Narration:

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5 disco balls

Published: March 6, 2018 by Macmillan Audio
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 17 hours and 44 minutes
Category: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction
Kirkus Prize Nominee for Young Readers’ Literature (2018), Goodreads Choice Award for Debut Author and Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2018)

I bought this book in March of 2018 and it had been sitting on my shelf a bit too long. I typically do not read fantasy, but was intrigued by the synopsis and gravitated toward the stunning book cover. Fast forward to January 2019 and it was my book club book! Its a beast of a book clocking in at 527 pages so I thought I would enlist the help of the audiobook from the library to keep me on pace.

I am SO glad I picked up the audiobook! The book is action packed and narrator, Bahni Turpin, brought all the characters to life. She captured the emotions effortlessly that I would often listen to the audio while reading along (as I do like to hold a book in my hands).Read More »

Audiobook Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

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5 disco balls

Published: November 13, 2018 by Crown
Category: Nonfiction, Biography, Memoir

2018 was the year I discovered my love of nonfiction. I thought it wasn’t for me, but after reading Educated by Tara WestoverBad Blood by John Carreyrou, and Becoming by Michelle Obama, I realized how wrong I was.

Over a few weeks I laughed with Michelle, cried with her, and enjoyed simply listening to her. She is graceful, relatable…human. It wasn’t a political narrative, but the story of a young girl becoming a woman and learning more about herself as she grew.Read More »

Audiobook Review: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

3.5

3.5 disco balls

Published: December 7, 2017 by Simon & Schuster Audio
Category: Nonfiction, Memoir, Humor

Comedian Tiffany Haddish made me laugh so many times even when describing painful memories. Her gift of humor shines through her narration of her own memoir.

Its a quick audiobook, one that will help quickly pass the time during longer road trips or doing chores around the house. Read More »

Audiobook Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher

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3 disco balls

Published: August 21, 2018 by Penguin Random House Audio @PRHAudio
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Length: 9 hours, 27 minutes
Category: Fiction, Sci-fi, Dystopian

Julia Whelan is a brilliant narrator. She keeps you engaged in an audiobook and I was not disappointed in her performance of Vox by Christina Dalcher.

I started Vox last week when it felt like women were truly being silenced. We didn’t have bracelets limiting our words to 100 a day, but it felt as if only 100 words a day (if that) were being listened too. It was a heart pumping, blood boiling experience. This book makes you think and it scares you. Although I gave it 3 disco balls (for reasons I will delve into shortly), it’s a read that all should partake in: a fruitful discussion will certainly be had.Read More »

Audiobook Review: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith #HSReadingRedo

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5 disco balls

Published: August 12, 2005 by HarperAudio (book first published 1943)
Narrator: Kate Burton
Length: 14 hours 55 minutes
Category: Classics, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Coming of Age

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was Book 7 out of 8 on my September Reading Challenge High School Reading Redo list. As we approach the new month, I am proud to report I did most of my homework and only need to read the Cliff Notes or watch the movie of one unread book (The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck). 😉

Set in Brooklyn in the early 1900s, we fall in love with the Nolan family; whom are poverty stricken but resourceful. Francie Nolan became one of my favorite literary characters.

Goodreads Synopsis: 4.25 average rating
The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness — in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.

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Audiobook Review: Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

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4 disco balls

Published: August 28, 2018 by Listening Library
Narrators: N’Jameh Camara, Jose Carrera, Dean Flanagan, Angel Romero, Toshi Widoff-Woodson, Mikelle Wright-Matos, Jacqueline Woodson
Length: 3 hours 50 minutes
Category: Realistic Fiction, Childrens, Young Adult

When I requested to read and review Harbor Me through Penguin Random House’s Volumes app I didn’t realize it was a middle grade book; BUT, don’t let that put you off from this story. It is for all ages; and would be a great book for families to read/listen to together. The content would spark discussions on topics such as bullying, grief, racism, classism, and immigration.

Author, Jacqueline Woodson, carefully crafted a story that addresses these major issues without forcing them into place; it was an authentic take on what is going on today and impresses upon our youth to talk more openly about their feelings and try to understand each other. We are all the same in that we want to feel that we belong. Even though the story is rather short, the character development was strong and you can’t help but feel for this group of children. I want to see them 20 years from now.Read More »

Audiobook Review: To All the Boys I Loved Before (Book #1) by Jenny Han, narrated by Laura Knight Keating

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5 disco balls

Published: April 16, 2014 by Recorded Books, Inc.
Narrated by: Laura Knight Keating
Length: 8 hours 22 minutes
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary, Coming of Age
Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee for Young Adults (2016), Lincoln Award Nominee (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2014)

Author Jenny Han is brilliant! She delivered a story reminiscent of Pretty in Pink. She’s the modern day John Hughes.

What a delight: a great read/listen for all ages. It made me want to relive my high school days and that is no small feat. Who wants to be a teenager again? Certainly not me; no way, no how. I don’t even want to remember the teenager I was – I like myself much more now – BUT, this book brought me back to that time and I can feel the butterflies in my stomach for youthful crushes as if it were yesterday. I found myself thinking who my fifteen year-old self would write letters to, and what I would have said. It would probably look a little like this: Read More »