Next Year in Havana By Chanel Cleeton

I devoured Next Year in Havana while on a recent vacation. It tells the stories of two women: Marisol, and her grandmother Elisa. The novel alternates between Elisa’s experiences in 1958 Cuba, prior to and then after the Cuban Revolution, and Marisol, who grew up listening to her grandmother’s romantic tales of Cuba, as the […]

July’s Prize Winner is…

Congratulations! Kaylie Jasinski has won the monthly prize drawing for July. Read her reviews including Little Fires Everywhere, The Blind Assassin, Crazy Rich Asians and Prozac Nation. Submit a review in August to be eligible for the our next drawing. Don’t forget prizes are available for all participants who submit a review between June 3 […]

Where’d You Go, Bernadette By Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette follows the story of Bernadette Fox – a once famous LA architect who has since become an eccentric shut-in in her dilapidating Seattle home. One day her precocious 15-year-old daughter, Bee, suggests a family trip to Antarctica, and while Bernadette agrees, she is on the verge of a meltdown and one […]

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I always enjoy a good mystery, especially on audiobook when commuting to work. About half-through this book I was hooked, but it took me that long to really get into it. I could have easily given up earlier, so my main criticism is the pacing at the beginning of the story. It starts off quite […]

Prozac Nation By Elizabeth Wurtzel

I really thought I would enjoy this book but I barely got through it. I had read and thoroughly enjoyed Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, along with Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, both dealing with mental health and to an extent psychopharmacology. But I just could not get on board with Prozac Nation. While there […]

Crazy Rich Asians By Kevin Kwan

I listened to Crazy Rich Asians on audiobook and was thoroughly impressed with the narrator. There are so many different female characters in the book, and some male characters as well, but the narrator manages to distinguish each voice so well. I found myself laughing in the car on the way to work, feeling like […]

Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing was a great summer read. It was a quick read, I devoured it in less than a week, but to simply classify it as a fun beach read would take away from the depths of the story. The novel tells the story of a young girl who grew up alone in […]