Book Review: Next Sunday by Nancy Beach & Samantha Beach Kiley

I received an Advance Readers e-copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Pubdate was 14 June 2022. The subtitle of this book is "An Honest Dialogue About the Future of the Church". The dialogue here takes place between mother and daughter,… Continue reading Book Review: Next Sunday by Nancy Beach & Samantha Beach Kiley

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

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: 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

Book Review: The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

The Son of the House - Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia (Dundurn Press, 2019) Nwabulu and Julie are thrown together when they are kidnapped on a lonely road in Nigeria. Waiting for their families to pay ransom, they begin to tell each other their life stories. With their own mortality at hand, they are completely honest in ways… Continue reading Book Review: The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

Book Review: The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk

The Books of Jacob - Olga Tokarczuk (Riverhead Books, 2022) It is, I think, a testament to Olga Tokarczuk's writing that I undertook to read The Books of Jacob at all. I loved her novel Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead and she won the Nobel Prize for Literature shortly after I… Continue reading Book Review: The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk

Book Review: The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

The Sentence - Louise Erdrich (Harper, 2021) This book was so much more than I expected. I went into it knowing that it was set in a bookstore, that the bookstore was haunted by their most annoying customer, and that part of it was set during lockdown in 2020. All of that is present in… Continue reading Book Review: The Sentence by Louise Erdrich