Sofie Metropolis, by Tori Carrington

If you’re desperately in search of a Janet Evanovich read-alike, then Tori Carrington is your girl… or man… or both! Carrington is the pen name for writing partners, Lori and Tony Karayianni, and although Sofie Metropolis can seem more like a read-the-same at times, it’s certainly worth taking a look at. Born into a quintessentially... Continue Reading →

You Had Me At Woof by Julie Klam

You'll laugh, you'll cry. Last weekend I read this book. I thought the dog on the cover was cute. It's about one woman's love affair with Boston Terriers. By the end of the book she has 4 dogs. It reminded me of my cousin Lyn and her pack of Boston Terriers. In the beginning Julie... Continue Reading →

Stitches by David Small

Highly recommended! If you haven’t read a graphic novel before, make this your first! This memoir is AMAZING. It is so powerful – so heart-wrenching – so disturbing – and so true. Hopefully none of us endured a childhood as devastating as David Small, but he has managed to make his experiences painfully relatable. I... Continue Reading →

A Bad, Bad Man

A Bad, Bad Man Joe Pitt is one bad dude.  But he is one bad dude that does appear to have somewhat of a moral compass.  Much like me, I’m sure you will find yourself instantly liking Charlie Huston’s gritty, chain smoking and hardboiled main character Joe Pitt in the Joe Pitt Casebooks series.  I... Continue Reading →

The Bells, by Richard Harvell

The fact that Moses Froben survived his childhood at all is miraculous enough, but then Moses’ whole life is nothing short of a miracle. From the most humble of beginnings, he transmogrifies into a highly celebrated and world-renowned opera singer. Without that ignoble and completely extraordinary infancy, though, Moses’ transformation could never have been possible.... Continue Reading →

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

This YA novel may seem like a simplistic ‘issue’ story, but is in fact a layered narrative about the morals of anthropomorphizing animals and what it means to be family. Thirteen-year-old Ben Tomlin is not excited about his new “baby brother” Zan, a chimpanzee inserted into his family purely for scientific purposes. His scientist parents... Continue Reading →

The Eyre Affair

Recently I was at a loss for what to read next. I could have been proactive and perused the "new and hot" lists in the library catalog or consulted the "What Do I Read Next" database, but instead decided to complain to my office mate. She, as usual, came through for me and handed over... Continue Reading →

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