Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs: Book Review

Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs Book Cover

When I first finished this book back in January, I rated it 3 stars. I roughly translate that to “good enough but forgettable.” Yet here I am in April, going for walks on the beach every morning, mesh bag over my shoulder, picking up every tiny piece of litter I see along the water line. I don’t want whales to accidentally eat […]

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The White Queen by Philippa Gregory: Book Review

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory Book Cover

3 Stars. I read The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory years ago and enjoyed them both. I have some understanding of England’s history under Henry VIII though and I know pitifully little about the Wars of the Roses. That lack affected my enjoyment of The White Queen a bit. There’s a family tree at […]

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Rome 1960 by David Maraniss: Book Review

Rome 1960 by David Maraniss Book Cover

4 Stars. I don’t know that I agree that these Olympics “changed the world” but I would definitely agree that they showcased changes that were happening in the world at large. I’m not a sports fan but I read this for the “Eclectic Reader Challenge” as a sports book that I might be able to tolerate. I was pleasantly surprised to find […]

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The Society of S by Susan Hubbard: Book Review

The Society of S is about Ariella Montero, a very sheltered, educated 13-year-old growing up in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her father is a brilliant, handsome, reclusive research scientist who is home-schooling Ari and raising her alone. Ari’s mother left them immediately after Ari’s birth. Their Victorian mansion is full of secrets that Ari decides to Continue Reading…

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The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey Book Cover

Twelve-year-old Will Henry finds himself in the unenviable position of assistant to a monstrumologist. What is a monstrumologist, you ask? Why, it’s exactly what it sounds like–it’s someone who studies monsters. One dark and eerie night, a grave robber brings a delivery to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop. After removing the coverings, Will is horrified to see Continue Reading…

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Rising Tide by John M. Barry: Book Review

Telling the story of an epic flood of the Mississippi River in 1927, this book explores the early history of flood control efforts and a rivalry that made flood controls at the time practically a joke, the politics involved in decisions for handling the flood itself, the politics of disaster relief, and the impact of Continue Reading…

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