Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

I've had this book on my shelf for a while, but I was prompted to pick it up after reading a novel set in South Africa, and while enjoying Trevor Noah's excellent interviews on the Daily Show during the pandemic.  Noah is the son of a black mother and a white...

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

What is it like to be the sole survivor of an airplane crash that killed 191 people including your mother, father, and brother? Eddie is only 12 when the airplane carrying his family to start a new life in California goes down near Denver. Napolitano alternates an...

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

On Valentine's day eve in Odessa Texas in 1976, a bored fourteen-year-old named Gloria Ramirez gets in a pickup truck with a white oilfield roustabout. The book begins as she wakes up in the dirt next to him, having been brutally raped and beaten. While he is still...

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

If you love Stephen King, then you will enjoy books by Grady Hendrix, who is a campy horror version of the master. I love his books - they are fun and silly and would make great movies. This book is about a book club in Charleston and is advertised as “Steel...

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

This is a small but very insightful book for stress management and personal growth based on Toltec wisdoms from ancient Mexico. Agreement 1: Be Impeccable with your word.Agreement 2: Don’t Take Anything Personally. Agreement 3: Don’t Make Assumptions. Agreement...

Super Host by Kate Russo

This sweet, charming book was exactly what I needed right now. The novel focuses on Bennett Driscoll, a once-famous artist who has taken to renting out his large West London home on AirBed while he stays in the studio shed at the back of the property. Bennett is a...

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Whenever I feel scared or anxious, I like to seek comfort in a familiar story. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is my favorite novel. I’ve read it so many times that I’ve lost count. Published in 1847, Jane Eyre is a gothic novel filled with hardships, romance,...

Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

As one who enjoys both reading and watching fantasy, it’s interesting to compare book adaptations. The best, like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson’s interpretations, bring the story to life even at the cost of some of the richness of the books. I...

Mitford series by Jan Karon

I find unsettled times a good time to revisit Jan Karon’s 14 books in the Mitford series, set in small-town North Carolina. Karon captures interesting individuals, faces challenges big and small, and sometimes surprises us. But these stories are always...
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