Posts in category "Book reviews"

Beyond 1984: A Trump-inspired dystopian reading list

Beyond 1984: A Trump-inspired dystopian reading list
The book 1984 by George Orwell has been at the top of the Amazon best seller list for days. The interest in 1984 is so high that print copies are currently sold out. It seems the inauguration of Donald Trump has quite a few people thinking in dystopian terms. This inspired a friend to ask on Facebook... Read more »

Book recommendations based on other things you like

Recently my cousin Kat Strack has been posting small picture collages on Facebook. Each collage recommends a book based on other things that you have liked. I found them clever, so I asked if I could share them here. She said yes, so here nine book recommendations based on other things you like. If you’ve... Read more »

The Warmth of Other Suns reveals a "mirage of equality" in America

I recently read The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. The full title of the book is The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. The book is a non-fiction exploration of how and why six million black people left the American South over the course of six decades in... Read more »
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10 interesting books I've read this year

10 interesting books I've read this year
One of my uber list goals was to read 25 books this year. So far I’ve read 10, which is on pace for meeting my goal. I’ve read some very good books this year and a few that were just okay. No total clunkers that I completed regretted reading, so that’s nice. Here are the... Read more »

Works for Me: Q&A a Day journal for kids

Works for Me: Q&A a Day journal for kids
I’ve written before about my line-a-day journal. I’m now in my 5th year of entering a one line journal entry for each day, and it continues to work with me. Not only have I been able to keep it up, but I love seeing the previous years’ entries for that day. I love it so... Read more »

Who said "well-behaved women seldom make history?"

Who said "well-behaved women seldom make history?"
“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” You may have seen that quote on bumper stickers or t-shirts, or maybe you’ve seen it as “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” The quote often appears without attribution. I’ve sometimes seen it attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt and Marilyn Monroe. But who really said “well-behaved women seldom make history?” Laurel Thatcher... Read more »
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The Goldfinch and the adventure of reading a book I knew nothing about

The Goldfinch and the adventure of reading a book I knew nothing about
I recently read The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt. All I knew about The Goldfinch before I read it was it won a Pulitzer Prize and a bunch of my friends had read it. I had no idea what the book was about. For the first couple dozen pages or more I didn’t even... Read more »

The Haunted Dollhouse, a favorite creepy book from my childhood

The Haunted Dollhouse, a favorite creepy book from my childhood
The Haunted Dollhouse is a book from my childhood that has survived multiple (usually move-inspired) book purges. I still have it even though the pages are falling out of the binding. The copyright says 1982. I’m not sure if that’s exactly the year my parents gave me this book, but it wouldn’t have been long... Read more »

"Halloween Scare in Chicago" book has scary little to do with Chicago

"Halloween Scare in Chicago" book has scary little to do with Chicago
I was at a bookstore browsing Halloween books and spotted A Halloween Scare in Chicago. I was instantly drawn to it since my kids really enjoy books that feature the city. (Our favorite is Larry Gets Lost in Chicago, which I highly recommend.) Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed with A Halloween Scare in Chicago although I... Read more »
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Book review: The Circle by Dave Eggers made me want to puke (in a good way)

Reading The Circle by Dave Eggers made me want to puke. My nausea was not induced by graphic violence or other gross descriptions. I was sickened by Eggers’ detailed descriptions of a dystopia that felt too real. The Circle is not about your typical dystopia where water, gas, and other resources are scarce and people kill... Read more »