Book Review: Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

As I found when I first read Sally Rooney earlier this year, she once more in her latest novel nails human nature. How people communicate, how they react, how they act when they are alone. In Beautiful World, Where Are You, Rooney focuses on slightly older characters, right on the cusp of change that turning… Continue reading Book Review: Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Book Review: These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany

These Impossible Things - Salma El-Wardany (Grand Central Publishing) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Pubdate was 7 June 2022. Malak and Kees and Jenna are best friends. They are a tight-knit trio, linked both by their Muslim upbringing and the ups and downs of being first… Continue reading Book Review: These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany

2022 Highlights: Weeks 23 & 24

I'm used to June being a busy month for Peter but this is the first year that it's felt like a busy month for the kids too. Although this is Pearl's second year at school, it's the first where they've been able to do bigger end-of-the year events like field trips and Sports Day. There… Continue reading 2022 Highlights: Weeks 23 & 24

Book Review: An Island by Karen Jennings

An Island - Karen Jennings (Hogarth, 2022) I received an Advance Uncorrected Proof of this book. All opinions are my own. On Sale July 5, 2022. Samuel lives alone on a small island. He is the lighthouse keeper. When bodies wash ashore, no one cares and Samuel deals with them. He has lived on this… Continue reading Book Review: An Island by Karen Jennings

Book Review: The Further Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels

The Further Adventures of Miss Petitfour - Anne Michaels (Penguin Random House, 2022) I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book thanks to Penguin Random House and NetGalley. All opinions are my own (and Pearl's). Miss Petitfour and her cats are back! Their further adventures include wearing sweaters, visiting a shop that carries just… Continue reading Book Review: The Further Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels

Book Review: Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fleishman is in Trouble - Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House, 2019) Fleishman might be in trouble but I spent much of the novel thinking, This guy deserves it. Toby Fleishman is newly divorced and his ex-wife has disappeared. This is particularly a problem because Toby and Rachel share two young children - Hannah and Solly -… Continue reading Book Review: Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Book Review: Where the Light Fell by Philip Yancey

Where the Light Fell - Philip Yancey (Convergent, 2021) If you look at a list of Philip Yancey's book titles, I think you get a good sense of the kind of Christian thinker he is. Titles like Where is God When it Hurts?, Disappointment with God, and What's So Amazing About Grace. Yancey is now… Continue reading Book Review: Where the Light Fell by Philip Yancey

Book Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Despite this being something of a modern children's classic, I'd never before read Howl's Moving Castle or seen the movie. It was very different than I expected. I found it to be a fun read but somewhat difficult to follow along with. Sophie is the eldest sister of three girls. So she knows she isn't… Continue reading Book Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

2022 Highlights: Week 22

Saturday: After I worked a half day, Peter and I went out for dinner with friends and then to watch Top Gun: Maverick at the local cinema. Top Gun was the first movie Peter and I ever watched together after we started dating because he was aghast that I'd never seen it. When Tom Cruise… Continue reading 2022 Highlights: Week 22

Pandemic Story-Telling (A Book Review of sorts)

This month I inadvertently found myself reading 3 books at once with one glaring thing in common: they were all set during pandemics. Two of these pandemics were fiction, one was real. One of these books was written and published before 2020, two after. Two of these books I finished reading, one I abandoned partway… Continue reading Pandemic Story-Telling (A Book Review of sorts)