Source: Library

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Posted February 22, 2017 Tags 0 Comments
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The best way to describe the novel The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is to compare it to The Royal Tenenbaums but without the understated humor. The Plumb children were self-absorbed, entitled and while adults acted like children. In short, the characters were all unlikable and were not the reason I became invested in the […]


The Girls by Emma Cline

Posted February 18, 2017 Tags 1 Comment
The Girls by Emma Cline

I am a lover of true crime and have reread the disturbing true crime novel Helter Skelter several times. Therefore, when The Girls by Emma Cline was released I knew I had to read it. I will admit, that I was a bit skeptical at first as both of Cline’s parents are in the publishing […]


The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

Posted January 3, 2017 Tags 0 Comments
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

I first read The Devil’s Arithmetic in sixth grade. I remember being amazed not only by the subject matter but also by the way Jane Yolen laid out impending events. Even at eleven years old I was astounded by the atrocities that occur in the book and left an impression on me. Twenty years later […]


The Graduate by Charles Web

Posted December 28, 2016 Tags 4 Comments
The Graduate by Charles Web

“Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?” is a highly quotable line and Anne Bancroft’s triangle leg being infamous. However, I was always curious about its novel origin. Having never seen the movie, despite knowing the pop culture references I wasn’t sure what to expected. Will it be erotic, serious, or a romp of […]


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Posted December 21, 2016 Tags 2 Comments
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a go-to author for me growing up. I loved the magical worlds he built, the palaces made of chocolate, trained squirrels and gobstoppers create a unique story that is absolutely scrumptious. The characters Roald Dahl draws in his books bounce off the wall Monty Python style. Willy Wonka was crazy like a […]


The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig

Posted December 16, 2016 Tags 2 Comments
The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig

I had been curious about The Pink Carnation series as it has been billed as a “Jane Austen-inspired” series. Jane Austen does make a cameo via a letter but that is where the inspiration stops. I had been looking for a warm holiday read with a bit of intrigue, however, what I received was an […]


The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Posted December 12, 2016 Tags 2 Comments
The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

I have slowly been reading A Series of Unfortunate Events in preparation for Netflix’s adaptation due out in 2017. The first three books were a little formulaic but I was hoping for something fresh in The Miserable Mill and did receive a little of that. Unfortunately, we still had the naive adults who don’t see […]


Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Posted December 7, 2016 Tags 0 Comments
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

When one thinks of John Grisham one thinks of legal thrillers such as The Firm and The Pelican Briefs not a Christmas story. Yet Skipping Christmas was my first John Grisham novel. Considering this was not his usual fare I was a bit hesitant but Skipping Christmas sounded like a cute holiday read and decided […]


Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

Posted December 3, 2016 Tags 2 Comments
Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling was just the book I needed after the horrendous 2016 presidential election. I had been in such a funk and was having difficulty taking Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off” mantra. After binge watching the first three seasons of The Mindy Project I was going through withdrawal. To get me […]