No, Pops: Book Review of Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith

Hardcover, 368 pages Published April 7th 2015 Publisher: Pantheon Genre: Fiction, Romance From Goodreads: The summer after she graduates from university, Emma Woodhouse returns home to the village of Highbury, where she will live with her health-conscious father until she is ready to launch her interior-design business and strike out on her own. In theContinue reading “No, Pops: Book Review of Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith”

ALA’s Top 10 Frequently Challenged Books of 2014

Yesterday, the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom released the top 10 frequently challenged books of 2014. The ALA does this every year to inform the public about censorship attempts that affect libraries and schools: 1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sexContinue reading “ALA’s Top 10 Frequently Challenged Books of 2014”

Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Hardcover, 336 pages Published January 13th 2015 by Riverhead Books Rachel is really down on her luck. She is a severe alcoholic, which led to her losing her job, losing her husband to another woman, and has a small room in another person’s flat. The only solace she finds is the same commuter train sheContinue reading “Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins”

Book review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Kate Baron, litigation lawyer and single mother, is shocked when her daughter’s prestigious school calls her with stunning news: her highly academic 15-year-old daughter, Amelia, was caught cheating. Kate has a difficult time believing that her daughter would be capable of doing such a thing. But before she arrives at the school and find outContinue reading “Book review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight”

The Grantchester Mysteries-a unique British mystery

The Granchester Mysteries by James Runice so far consist of three volumes: Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (2012) Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night (2013) Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil (2014) (The series will have six volumes overall and the fourth volume this coming May.) The series takes placeContinue reading “The Grantchester Mysteries-a unique British mystery”

Short-lived impressions: A review of “First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

(NOTE: I read and reviewed this book in December 2014 on Goodreads. Don’t worry I will post future book reviews but I just wanted to test my “Book reviews” page.) I thought that this having the Jane Austen aspect it would make this book more interesting and a huge improvement from his last novel. AlthoughContinue reading “Short-lived impressions: A review of “First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen”