Category: Book Reviews

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I believe that Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is technically Young Adult, but the topics it broaches are painful and relevant to nearly every one. This is a beautiful book – only made better with an audiobook narration by Lin-Manuel Miranda – that stopped me in my tracks and took my …

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus was published in 2011, but somehow I am only just getting the memo about it. And I’m a little annoyed about that, to be honest! As I wrote in an earlier post, I listened to this on audio and it was narrated by Jim Dale, which made this an even more magical …

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Books on Writing That Are Hidden Gems

Books on Writing That Are Hidden Gems

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is on hidden gems. I love reading books on writing, and thought that this would be a fun topic. A lot of us have heard of Stephen King’s On Writing and Margaret Atwood’s Negotiating With the Dead, but there are so many out there that aren’t as popular! I prefer …

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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

And with this finish, I am a Kate Morton completist! I follow her on Instagram so I know that she is working on her sixth book and I am so excited about that. I’ve adored all of her books, but hands down: The Secret Keeper is the best. I’ve said it before, but Kate Morton …

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The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

This is going to sound super dramatic, but The Swan Thieves is the perfect example of what I love about reading books. I loved it! Andrew Marlow is a psychiatrist living and working in DC. He’s practicing medicine for practical reasons, but his passion is painting. He gets a call from a fellow psychiatrist with …

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Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work by Cal Newport

I listened to Deep Work by Cal Newport on audio and I’m kicking myself for not just buying the book. There were so many useful ideas listed and I wish I could have marked up the pages. In Deep Work, the author differentiates deep work from “shallow work.” Shallow work is anything that is consumed …

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven is a dystopian novel set in Toronto. There has been an outbreak of the Georgian Flu, which is rapidly spreading throughout the world. St. John Mandel took on the complicated task of weaving together the stories of several people before, during, and after the outbreak. The bulk of this novel follows Kirsten, a young …

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This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Thank you to Laila at Big Reading Life who introduced me to This is the Story of a Happy Marriage! This is a collection of essays written by Ann Patchett that run the gamut of her life, which is surprisingly relatable. I listened to this on audio book and while it was amazing to hear …

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

In I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Jake is a guy taking his new girlfriend to his family farm to meet his parents. With the story told through his girlfriend, we learn that Jake is a wicked smart guy working in a laboratory on some science-y thing. We learn quickly that she’s been thinking of ending things …

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