Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Spiders revenge.jpgSpider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep

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Happy International Literacy Day! You know I love my obscure holidays, but this one has been around for a while in 1966 the UNESCO center founded International Literacy Day to help spread the word about an international crisis, illiteracy. Thomas Jefferson said, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” I take this quote to heart in all my efforts, whether they be here with this blog, in my community with my non-profit, or even at work and home. This year UNESCO’s theme for International Literacy Day is creating a culture of literacy. Continue reading

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Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith

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Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith

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Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder in Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith, this weeks book in review, and when the eye belongs to a private investigator it’s sure to be an honest assessment. I picked this book to fit the PopSugar Reading Challenge category of a story set in a fascinating place. I have traveled to Africa many times, but never to Botswana, which has a rich culture and fascinating history. This is the third novel in Alexander McCall Scott’s series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, which is a fiction mystery series. The Series was also turned into a BBC radio drama, which is the first time I’ve ever heard of that before. I happened to have this book on my shelf, but I’m not sure where or when I picked it up originally. As I was reading this book, I realized I had read it before. I remembered some portions much better than I remembered others however, so I decided to continue through it and I was pleasantly satisfied again. Continue reading

The Magician by Michael Scott

The Magician: The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

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Immortals, Magicians, and animated gargoyles, Oh My! This week we are reviewing The Magician by Michael Scott. I chose this book to fit my 2018 Popsugar reading challenge category, the next book in a series you’ve started. I read the first book in this series, The Alchemist, many years ago, and simply never made my way back to the next book. Based on the title and the cover, and a bit of past experience, I can expect a teen fantasy book that focuses on mythology and the occult. The cover of this book includes alchemical symbols, the astrological symbol of Aries, the Greek war god, and a symbol often associated with the Illuminati. This book jumps right in with a brief diary entry by the title character, which serves to refresh the reader’s memory of events that passed in the first book. This was a super juicy read, full of intrigue, drama, and danger. Continue reading

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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This week I am reviewing a bestseller from 2012, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I had been wanting to read this book for a while anyway, but it also fit the 2017 Pop Sugar challenge category: a book about an interesting woman. I found this book on Overdrive, my library’s online database and borrowed it as an audio book. I tried very hard to not read any reviews and blurbs before hand, because I love surprises. All that I knew going in was that it was about a woman who disappeared and a “who done it” scenario. Gillian Flynn kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire ride. Continue reading

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu

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This week I am reviewing a fantastic young adult novel by a super charismatic author that I follow on Goodreads: Legend by Marie Lu. I originally picked up this book to fill my PopSugar challenge category: a book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you, but I stayed for the story. I downloaded the book through Overdrive, my library’s online database as an audio book, and the story was really compelling. When I finish a book at work now, I feel compelled to find the next in this series. Unfortunately I have myself on a pretty tight reading schedule, so I haven’t given in yet, but I am definitely looking forward to the next installment. Continue reading

Guilt By Degrees by Marcia Clark

Guilt By Degrees by Marcia Clark

Rachel Knight Series book #2

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This week I am reviewing a book that left me on the edge of my seat, Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark. I picked this book up to fill my reading challenge category for an espionage thriller, and to clear some space on my shelf. This was another of the stripbooks I had picked up during my career at Barnes and Noble, and though the book was fat, it was a quick read. Probably because it is action packed and the lead characters had a non-nonsense take justice. This story switches between a few perspectives as that cat and mouse circle each other. I’ll let you figure out which is which. Continue reading

All The Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

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This week I am reviewing a fantastic summer read, All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue. This was a first time for me reading any of Donohue’s work, but she came highly recommended by Elin Hilderbrand, whom I adore, so it seemed like an easy pick. I chose this book to fit my challenge category: A book with a season in the title. I found this book through my library’s online database: Overdrive, and listened to it will updating databases at work. Continue reading