Floating in My Mother’s Palm

Floating in My Mother’s Palm by Ursula Hegi My rating: 4 of 5 stars   Floating in My Mother’s Palm is a warm, tranquil read that is equal parts tragedy and growth. I know – that’s a complete and utter contradiction, but I have no better way to explain it. My reflections on the book […]

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Smoke Bellew

Smoke Bellew by Jack London My rating: 5 of 5 stars   Reader beware – those who open this tale will find their days outside the novel filled with dreams of the Yukon, sled racing, and gold. I promise, you will never look at an egg the same again.   Christopher “Kit” Bellew is a […]

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Seeing Ione

Seeing Ione by Jansen Curry My rating: 5 of 5 stars   In a literary world filled with dystopian futures, wizards, vampires, and closet BDSM billionaires Jansen Curry‘s debut novel is a breath of fresh air. Seeing Ione is by far the most original story I have read in recent years.   Ione McCreery is a young woman with a mysterious […]

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Soul Music

Soul Music by Terry Pratchett My rating: 2 of 5 stars Ok, I’m going to say this very quietly because I know that Terry Pratchett has a devoted following who loves and appreciates his writing style and creativity: I hated it.   Soul Music follows many characters of the Discworld through an independent collection of self awakening. While Susan, […]

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke My rating: 4 of 5 stars   Enter a world of Napoleonic rule, dark alleyways, and reclusive estates. Enter a world of apprenticeship and fa(e)teful dealings. Enter a world of practical magic; a world exclusive to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.   Allow me a moment of honesty – this book requires […]

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Flowing Gold

Flowing Gold by Rex Beach My rating: 5 of 5 stars   Rex Beach is a favorite of mine. Long since passed, his life was filled with adventure, prospecting failure, writing success, and Olympic silver! Flowing Gold was not the first book of his that I picked up, but it is the one I seem to pick up repeatedly.   Calvin […]

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Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures

Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures by Walter Moers   My rating: 5 of 5 stars   Rumo is a Wolperting, although he doesn’t know it yet. His life begins lazily as a Hackonian farmer’s pet pup; spoiled and loved. His only responsibilities to accept belly rubs, the cooing of admirers, and occasionally come to understand the […]

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To Kill A Mocking Bird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee My rating: 5 of 5 stars As a writer I was determined to find out why this book was so highly praised to the point that within a year of printing it had landed the most coveted of writer’s awards: the Pulitzer Prize. Was it because it spoke boldly about the civil […]

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The Big Over Easy

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde My rating: 5 of 5 stars   Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall…   Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…   But was it an accident? Suicide?   Or was it murder?   Jasper Fforde takes us into the extraordinary town of Reading where Nursery Crimes are prevalent, but irrelevant to the upper bosses […]

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