Book Review: The Belles

The Review: I am obsessed with Dhonielle Clayton’s The Belles, and I know the world will be, too. A quick summary: Set in Orléans (a city very much French regency meets old-school New Orleans), beauty is a limited commodity. Camellia Beauregard is a Belle, a class of magical women who can sculpt and perfect the moodContinue reading “Book Review: The Belles”

Book Review: ARTEMIS by Andy Weir

The Review: I nearly bailed on this one– but am glad I didn’t. Like many readers, I was blown away by THE MARTIAN. With such a huge breakout book, a second book has high expectations. What this book isn’t: like THE MARTIAN in theme or character What this book is: a rouge-ish caper for theContinue reading “Book Review: ARTEMIS by Andy Weir”

Book Review: Spoonbenders

The Review: The Amazing Telemachus Family was disgraced on national TV years ago and hasn’t been the same since. A generation later, and minus the family matriarch, Teddy and his now-grown children Irene, Frankie, and Buddy view their psychic gifts as more curse than blessing. Add into the works a mob boss calling in hisContinue reading “Book Review: Spoonbenders”

Book Review: The Lying Game

The Review: Four friends from boarding school share a common secret, but how long can something stay hidden in a small town, especially if that something is a body? Fifteen years after their expected graduation date, Isa receives an urgent text from her friend Kate. When she and the others rush to Kate’s side, theyContinue reading “Book Review: The Lying Game”

Book Review: How to Survive a Summer

The Review   Five boys went in, but only four came out. Ten years ago, Will Dillard’s preacher father put him in a “homosexual rehabilitation” camp which ended tragically. Now, Will is distanced from his family, but firm in his identity. Life seems to be falling into place as a film student when suddenly aContinue reading “Book Review: How to Survive a Summer”

Book Review: The Girl with the Red Balloon

The Review: What if there were a group of magicians responsible for getting people out of war zones and oppression to safety? This idea is central to Locke’s premise, and delivers well in the two plot lines they put forth in this book (one during WWII and one in 1988 Berlin). When a balloon designedContinue reading “Book Review: The Girl with the Red Balloon”

Review: The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen

The Review: Hope Nicholson’s primer into the history of female characters in comics is excellent. Need more information than that? I’m more than happy to provide. Starting in the 1930s and progressing to today, Nicholson selects a few characters to focus on at each point in time.  Nicholson highlights better known heroines, like Wonder WomanContinue reading “Review: The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen”

Reading and Writing Wrap-Up for February

The Month in Numbers: Books read: 11 Audiobooks: 3 Nonfiction: 3 Birthdays this month: 1 Girls Nights Out: 3 Hours spend editing new project: 43 Papers graded: 85 Most steps in one day: 14,534 Details Best Books of the Month: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (how had I never read Waters before?) , Homegoing by YaaContinue reading “Reading and Writing Wrap-Up for February”

Book Review: Waveform: 21st Century Essays by Women

The Review In the preface to Waveform, the editor writes, “This book is not a memorial. Although we need to remember the women writers who have come before, this book is about women writing essays now. The wave is an image that catches the sense and motion that define the current movement, its fluidity andContinue reading “Book Review: Waveform: 21st Century Essays by Women”

Book Review: The Chibok Girls

The Review: I chose to read Helon Habila’s book The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria because I, like many, followed the #BringBackOurGirls campaign with great interest and sadness. More than 270 girls taken in the middle of the night from their school by extremists– every parent’s worst nightmare. WhileContinue reading “Book Review: The Chibok Girls”