Book Review: Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

Book Review: Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

Title: Mama Day Author: Gloria Naylor Publisher: Vintage Paperback: 312 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A fascinating novel that reworks elements of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. On the island of Willow Springs, off the Georgia coast, the powers of healer Mama Day are tested by her great niece, Cocoa, a stubbornly emancipated woman endangered by the island’s darker forces. Buy from the Book Depository! Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Andrew recommended this book to me and so far it’s my absolute favorite…

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Wishlist Wednesday #22: Strange Brew by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.

Wishlist Wednesday #22: Strange Brew by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. I’m slowly but surely making my way through the backlog of paranormal/urban fantasy series that I’ve started; I love these anthologies because they cover a lot of different series I’m reading, and I love getting shorter works from these amazing authors. Title: Strange Brew Authors: Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc….

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Book Review: The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies

Book Review: The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies

Title: The Rebel Angels Author: Robertson Davies Series: The Cornish Trilogy, Book 1 Publisher: Penguin Paperback: 326 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Defrocked monks, mad professors, and wealthy eccentrics – a remarkable cast peoples Robertson Davies’ brilliant spectacle of theft, perjury, murder, scholarship, and love at a modern university. Only Mr. Davies, author of Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders, could have woven together their destinies with such wit, humour-and wisdom. Overall Rating: 3 out…

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Purple Readers’ Holiday Gift Guide – Book Edition

Purple Readers’ Holiday Gift Guide – Book Edition

At this point in the year, I like to start looking over what I’ve read to see which books are my favorite so far to plan for my yearly wrap up post. I’m not sure where this year went — I feel like it’s been so short and so long all at once for a lot of different reasons, but WOW, it’s already October!!! Andrew and I have family on opposite sides of the country, so we’re already holiday shopping,…

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Book Review: Animal Attraction by Jamie Ponti

Book Review: Animal Attraction by Jamie Ponti

Title: Animal Attraction Author: Jamie Ponti Publisher: Simon Pulse Paperback: 248 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Jane’s life is one giant Conspiracy, with the whole world plotting to keep any chance of romance far, far away. Her social history (17 years, 0 boyfriends) is proof positive of that. But this summer, she’s determined to crank it up. Jane’s snagged a gig at the local theme park as part of the star attraction—the Mermaid Show. But then the Conspiracy strikes, and she…

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Wishlist Wednesday #21: Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

Wishlist Wednesday #21: Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. I just picked up the sequel to this — Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness — and while I enjoyed it without reading the first book, I really want to read the first book now to get more context for the series. Also, it was a pretty…

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Novella Review: Mile 81 by Stephen King

Novella Review: Mile 81 by Stephen King

Title: Mile 81 Author: Stephen King Publisher: Scribner Paperback: 54 pages Source: Chicago Public Library OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop on a highway in Maine. It’s a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit…

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Book Review: The Long Way Home by Ann M. Martin

Book Review: The Long Way Home by Ann M. Martin

Title: The Long Way Home Author: Ann M. Martin Series: Family Tree, Book 2 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 214 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Four girls. Four generations. One family. The second entry in the beautiful new series from Ann M. Martin. Dana is Abby’s daughter — but she’s always been much closer to her father, Zander. He’s a celebrated New York author who encourages Dana’s artistic talents . . . even if he sometimes drinks too much. Dana is…

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Book Review: Wherever You Go, There They Are by Annabelle Gurwitch

Book Review: Wherever You Go, There They Are by Annabelle Gurwitch

Title: Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories about My Family You Might Relate To Author: Annabelle Gurwitch Publisher: Blue Rider Press Hardcover: 304 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A hysterically funny and slyly insightful new collection of essays from New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch, about her own family of scam artists and hucksters, as well as the sisterhoods, temporary tribes, communities, and cults who have become surrogates along the way. When Annabelle Gurwitch was a child, surrounded by a cast…

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Wishlist Wednesday #20: The Devil that Danced on the Water by Aminatta Forna

Wishlist Wednesday #20: The Devil that Danced on the Water by Aminatta Forna

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. I’ve been trying to branch out to different genres and expand on what books I read, and this is very much outside of my typical YA, Sci-fi/fantasy fare. I’ve been on a non-fiction kick lately, and I love hearing about other people’s experiences from growing up in different places, and…

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