Monday, October 30, 2023



Title: Cults: Inside the World's Most Notorious Groups and Understanding the People Who Joined Them

Author: Max Cutler & Kevin Conley

Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781982133542
Thoughts: Insightful and disturbing look into some of the world's most infamous cults.

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Late Bloomers


Title: Late Bloomers

Author: Deepa Varadarajan

Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780593498026
Thoughts: Delightful story about four family members learning about love in all it's forms.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Notes on an Execution


Title: Notes on an Execution

Author: Danya Kukafka

Publisher: Audible Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  I enjoyed the characters and their development, but some parts of the story seemed to be left hanging or go against previous events.

Rating: 3/5



Title: 1984

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9790141036144
Thoughts:  The concepts Orwell presents are well-thought-out and terrifying realistic, but it felt a little more like a fictionalized dissertation than an actual story.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, October 20, 2023

Beasts and Beauty


Title: Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales

Author: Soman Chainani

Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9798200743568
Thoughts:  A dark and melancholic collection of fairy tale retellings.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

The Princess and the Fangirl


Title: The Princess and the Fangril

Author: Ashley Poston

Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781683690962
Thoughts:  A fun, geeky retelling of The Prince and the Pauper even if the reason for the switch is rather thin.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Work It Out


Title: Work It Out: A Mood-Boosting Exercise Guide for People Who Just Want to Lie Down

Author: Sarah Kurchak

Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781683693921
Thoughts:  Excellent and slightly irreverent look at exercise with mental health in mind.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The Book of Gothel


Title: The Book of Gothel

Author: Mary McMyne

Publisher: Redhook
ISBN: 9780316393119
Thoughts:  Rich retelling of the origin of Gothel from Rapunzel, but the frame story, while immensely fascinating and atmospheric, was not needed.

Rating: 4/5

Monday, October 9, 2023

The Elenium


Title: The Elenium

Author: David Eddings

Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 9780345500939
Thoughts:  Excellent high fantasy trilogy, even if the third book does devolve into a political numbers game for quite a few chapters.

Rating: 4/5

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store


Title: The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store

Author: James McBride

Publisher: Penguin Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  There were a lot of characters, and the narrator's sonorous voice lulled me so much, that I had trouble remembering who was who and what the connections were, so that hindered my enjoyment.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Hanging with Vampires


Title: Hanging with Vampires

Author: Insha Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781683693413
Thoughts: This is a fun and informative guide for middle graders interested in an introduction to vampire lore.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, October 1, 2023

The Anomaly


Title: The Anomaly

Author: Herve Le Tellier

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio
ISBN: 9780593501139
Thoughts: I am not sure if the original, the translation, or the narration made the story boring, but something did, and there was actually so many plot points that should have made it exciting.

Rating: 3/5