Book Review: A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver 2012. 96 pages. Genre: Poetry Final Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: I was unfamiliar with Mary Oliver when I chanced upon this book.  I am so grateful that's not the case now, for after reading the poetry within this book, I could easily see Mary Oliver earning... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Echo V.1, Approaching Shatter

Echo: Volume 1, Approaching Shatter by Kent Wayne 2015 206 pages. Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Summary:  In the late 21st century, humanity left Earth due to multiple resource shortcomings aggravated by an acceleration in climate change. They settled Echo, a planet that was nearly a carbon copy of... Continue Reading →

Book Review: You’ve Been Warned

You've Been Warned by James Patterson and Howard Roughan 2007 306 pages. Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Psychological Fiction Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Summary: Kristin Burns has lived her life by the philosophy "Don't think, just shoot"--pictures, that is. Struggling to make ends meet, she works full-time as the nanny for the fabulously wealthy... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Bicycles

Bicycles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni 2009. 128 pages Genre: Poetry Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: Nikki Giovanni is one of the world's most well-known American poets.  And rightfully so.  This lovely book of love poems was a welcome change from the darker and angsty stuff that I normally read (and... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Crash into the Day

Crash into the Day by Gary Zarr 2014. 100 pages Genre: Poetry Rating: 4 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: I stumbled upon this gem as I was browsing through my local public library. A self-published book, it doesn't seem to be very well known. It has only 3 Amazon reviews and the only review... Continue Reading →

Book Review: After Dark

After Dark by Haruki Murakami translated by Jay Ruben 2004. 2007 (translated). 256 pages Genre: Contemporary, Japanese Literature, Surrealism Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Summary: A sleek, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn. Mari, a 19-year-old student, is spending the night reading in a Denny's.... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry 1993. 240 pages. Series: Giver Quartet, Book 1 Genre: Young Adult, Utopian and Dystopian fiction, Sci-Fi My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Summary: Life in the community where Jonas lies is idyllic.  Designated birthmothers produce new children, who are assigned to appropriate family units; one male, one female, to... Continue Reading →

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