Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Book Rating 2/5 Book Review Oh, boy. It’s always unpleasant for me to review books I don’t like, because I feel guilty! But, wow, this book just did not work for me. My husband got it, along with others, for me as a graduation present (you’re reading words written by someone who has an English Masters…

Book Review: One Day in December by Josie Silver

Sometimes you just meet the right person at the wrong time… and you spend every day afterward wishing that time could be rearranged. Book Rating 5/5 Book Review Here I am, one day in December, with my fireplace going, folk music playing, glass of wine in hand, tears glistening in my eyes. I just finished…

Book Review: Happy Doomsday by David Sosnowski

“So you want to make up a whole new religion just so a kid will stop asking questions,” Lucy said. Dev nodded. “That’s what religion was for, wasn’t it? That, and tax exemptions.” Book Rating 2.5/5 Book Review Happy Doomsday had redeeming qualities, for sure. It was well-written, and the characters were awesome, especially Dev.…

Book Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

“What is reality except for the things that people universally experience the same way?” Book Rating 4.25/5 Book Review An Absolutely Remarkable Thing had a strikingly original idea, or maybe I just haven’t read enough science fiction! I loved the narrator, April May, although sometimes she infuriated me. But at least she knew it. The…

Book Review: The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. Book Rating 4.5/5 Book Review Memories are a funny thing. They can be erased. They can…

Book Review: The Party by Robyn Harding

Book Rating 4/5 Book Review Phew. This is a heavy one. But, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Told by the point of view of four characters, it really shows how one night can change lives. QUICK SYNOPSIS: A perfect family. A sweet sixteen. One terrible accident. What really happened that night and how will those involved…

Book Review: Summer at Hollyhock House by Cathy Bussy

You’re here, and I’m here, and I’m home. Book Rating 3.5/5 Book Review Okay, so typically I wouldn’t be caught dead reading a book on my phone, but Kindle has introduced something called continuous scrolling, and it’s literally the best thing ever. I feel so much better reading on my phone and I couldn’t be…