Genre: audiobook

Book Review 90: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Book Review 90: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

After reading and talking up Silk by Chris Karlsen, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson came highly recommended to me. It is different spin on the Jack the Ripper murders set in modern day London where someone is replicating the Ripper murders in detail and can’t be seen on CCTV. Creepy! Within 30 pages, I knew that Rory, the story’s heroine, was one of my new book BFFs.I decided to deflect her attitude by giving a long Southern answer. I come from people who know how to draw things out. Annoy a Southern, and we will drain away the moments of your life with our slow, detailed replies until you are nothing but a husk of your former self and that much closer to death. Rory doesn’t take any guff from her British classmates. While she does stick out like a sore thumb, she doesn’t hide. She shares her differences and love of Cheese Whiz with her classmates openly. It was refreshing to have a main female character embrace her differences and flaunt them. I wanted to be more like Rory in almost every way! The details of the Ripper murders happen quite quickly as the replicated murders […]

3 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on May 13, 2015
Book Review 86: The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

Book Review 86: The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

I have been fascinated by the sinking of the Titanic since I was in elementary school and they discovered its official final resting place. I recall my parents letting me stay up to watch the 10 PM news (my bedtime was 8:30) and seeing the grainy images of the chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. It was magical and mysterious, scintillating and sad. I haven’t read as many stories about the Titanic, as say ancient Egypt, but The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott caught my eye because it focused on a few of the survivors and how they dealt with the aftermath in the weeks after the disaster. Ultimately the Titanic survival stories focused on class and the main character, Tess, is situated right at the crossroads. Throughout the novel, the reader sees her struggle with the having the connections to accomplish her dream and the desire to stay true to herself. I was rooting for Tess from the very start of the novel. Although I could have done without the love triangle that also centered around class. I loved the secondary plot revolving around Sarah “Pinky” Wade. Pinky was a reporter for The New York Times and it was interesting to […]

0 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on April 22, 2015
Book Review 84: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Book Review 84: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

“What do you seek in these shelves?” Ajax Penumbra My first thoughts after finishing, “I want Mr. Penumbra’s Bookstore to be real.” This book had been languishing on my shelves for awhile. We purchased it during a buy 2, get 1 free paperback deal at Barnes and Noble. We had two books, needed a third when my husband grabbed “Mr. Penumbra” off the table and said, “This sounds like one you would read.” I took the opportunity to listen to the audiobook (thanks to my library) and finish it by reading the physical copy I owned. On my Friday commute, I left the book at somewhat of a cliffhanger and just felt I couldn’t wait until Monday to finish it. The book is about one recent college grad’s quest for purpose and meaning in his life. He finds it in Mr. Penumbra’s Bookstore in the most unconventional way. As a person who has often wondered what my purpose is in life, I enjoyed Clay’s journey. The story was full of geek and bookish references that had me reading passages out loud to my husband and marking up my physical copy with post-it flags. “Penumbra sells used books, and they are […]

12 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on April 15, 2015