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[7 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Fates and Furies

This is a novel that begs for discussion; that makes me wish I were back in college writing comparative essays; that makes me want to reread Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aeschylus.¬†Mixing both Greek comedy and tragedy, Groff creates a villainous Mathilde reminiscent of Ron Rash’s Serena and Kathy of East of Eden.
I was warned before I started Fates and Furies to give it time. One of my best reading buds and literary soul-mates said it would take at least 100 pages before I was hooked. I appreciate the warning, but for me …

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[8 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Shattered Dreams

Nothing like a book called Shattered Dreams to start out the new year, huh? ūüôā
Well, we all have them.¬†Larry Crabb’s book Shattered Dreams: God’s Unexpected Pathway to Joy¬†is the best book I’ve ever read about what to do with them. Through the eyes of Naomi from the book of Ruth, Crabb unpacks the journey of a Christ-follower whose dreams have been shattered.
So often, when bad things happen, we put a “God works all things together for good” ¬†band-aid on it, apply triple antibiotic prayer and expect healing – or at …

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[31 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Best Books from 2015

I accomplished a first¬†in 2015 – finishing¬†100 books. Most years, I read about 65. A few times I’ve topped out near 85, but this year I actually hit three digits. To see the books and¬†some cool stats about them, goodreads puts together a nice year-end summary. Or, for a quick list, divided by books I physically read vs those I listened to,¬†I keep a running list on this site.
But that’s not really what this post is about. People often ask me for ¬†book recommendations, so this post is about the …

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[15 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Go Set a Watchman

Many of you have been asking, but it is hard to know where to begin. My thoughts on Go Set a Watchman.
Does Watchman change the way we will or should read To Kill a Mockingbird?
This is the question at the heart of every reader who has paused before picking up Watchman. And my answer is, yes, it will forever change TKM. But it isn’t a bad thing or for the worse. Ultimately, Watchman provides a rounder, more fully developed understanding of TKM.
In high school and college classrooms across the country …

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[28 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Review ::The Narrow Road to the Deep North

“A good book… leaves you wanting to reread the book. A great book compels you to reread your own soul,” says Dorrigo Evans, the lead character of Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North. There’s a whole lotta soul readin’ over here.
Flanagan said it is the book he knew he’d have to write if he kept on writing. For him, it is deeply personal ‚Äď his father, a survivor of the horror the novel¬†depicts. It won the Man Booker Prize in 2014 and fully deserves it.
Narrow Road¬†centers around …

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[24 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Missing Person

Written by the 2014 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, frenchman Patrick Modiano, this brief novel takes the reader along the narrator’s journey to learn his own identity. What we know¬†is that early in the Paris occupation, the narrator and several others left¬†Paris. The narrator (presumably) also attempted to escape France altogether.¬†In a sequence of interviews and visits to vaguely familiar locals, the narrator tries to figure out who he is and what happened just prior to his memory loss more than a decade before.
By raising more questions than …

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[31 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]
Year in Review :: Best of 2014

I love everyone’s year end “Best of” lists, so here’s mine – the three best reads from 2014.
Favorite contemporary fiction read from this year: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
This book had me from the start and would also qualify as the best book that took me by surprise. It is the story of a family and the terrible consequences when they lose one their members. The narrator is a young girl who lost her ‘twin’ one summer – the sister being a chimpanzee and her parents being among …

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[9 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Review : This Dark Road to Mercy

Last year our book club read Wiley Cash’s debut novel A Land More Kind than Home and were completely blown away. In fact, it was the highest rated book that we read last year. So, imagine our excitement when we learned he had a new book – it easily found its way onto¬†our short list of this year’s books.
It is looking like This Dark Road to Mercy may be lowest ranked book we read this year. Major disappointment. Cash’s follow-up novel is the story of Easter and Ruby, two girls …

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[30 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: The Bell Jar

I’ve been lying for the last ten years or so – however long those quizzes have been making their way around the internet that ask you “How many of the top 100 books have you read?” Because on every one, I’ve been saying that I had read The Bell Jar. I was sure that during that phase of my college life I had read Sylvia Plath’s infamous semi-memoir from the 60’s. However, another book I was reading earlier this year that went into detail about Plath’s novel made me realize …

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[8 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Club Wrap-Up :: Life After Life

I’m always after that thing that will spur me on to write and review more regularly, so this year, I’m going to try sharing wrap-ups from my book club’s discussion. Maybe this may also help to inspire your club’s book selection or discussion as well.
Recently, we met¬†to discuss our last book from the 2013/2014 list – Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life.
Life After Life¬†centers around Ursula Todd and the various courses her life could take given different circumstances and decisions. In some chapters she dies early on – in other much …