Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

born-a-crimeTitle: Born a Crime: Stories form a South African Childhood
Author: Trevor Noah
Series: No Series
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Published: November 15th, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

Quick Look: I’d enjoyed Noah’s take on the world from watching him on The Daily Show. Born a Crime gave me new respect for him as a person, separate from his comedic ability, and is easily one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in a long time. Continue reading

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Keep Me In Mind by Jaime Reed

keep-me-in-mindTitle: Keep Me In Mind
Author: Jaime Reed
Series: No Series
Publisher: Point
Published: April 26th, 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5)

Quick Look: Unique characters, a promising storyline, and a lyrical flow come together to create a story about love and rediscovering yourself. Continue reading

Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

through-to-youTitle: Through to You
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Series: No Series
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: July 8th, 2014
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5)

Quick Look:

I wanted a light, fast read that was going to make me happy. That’s what I got. Is the book perfect? No. But it did succeed in making me happy for the afternoon that I read it. And sometimes that’s just what you need from a book. Continue reading

The Memory of Us by Camille Di Maio

the-memory-of-usTitle: The Memory of Us
Author: Camille Di Maio
Series: No Series
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Published: May 31st, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

Quick Look:

I originally saw this book because it was on sale. I bought it because it’s hard for me to resist what sounds to be a good historical fiction novel. I couldn’t put it down because it was beautiful and heartbreaking. Continue reading

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

like-a-river-gloriousTitle: Like a River Glorious
Author: Rae Carson
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: September 27th, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

Quick Look:

I just love everything Carson writes. Add in the fact that this, aside from Leah’s power, has an entirely real outlook on history, and I’m in love. I loved how Leah and her small group of friends grew and started a community that is filled with good people and how that group contrasts with the other people she meets. This is definitely a must-read book and series for me. Continue reading

The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby

the-stranger-gameTitle: The Stranger Game
Author: Cylin Busby
Series: No Series
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: October 25th, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

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I thought I had the story figure out before I started reading. But then Busby created two narrators who are entirely unreliable and everything I thought would happen changed. I was so thrown off for a majority of the novel, with my mind trying to come up with new answers as my theories were proven wrong. Continue reading

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory

the-kings-curseTitle: The King’s Curse
Author: Philippa Gregory
Series: The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (formerly The Cousin’s War)
Publisher: Touchstone
Published: August 14th, 2014
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5)

Quick Look:

While not my favorite of the Cousin’s War series, I nevertheless loved this book. I’d never heard much about Margaret Pole and I found her story fascinating. Her story also provides a different look at Henry VIII, a point of view I hadn’t thought about. Continue reading