January Book Reviews
So many books, so little time! I am an avid reader and love to share recommendations with fellow readers. My choice in books tend to vary by my mood but some of my favorites are mystery, suspense, and thriller. Check back each month for new reviews. I would love your recommendations so please drop them in the comments!
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By: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
From the back cover: According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The exploration of nature vs nurture is done in a masterful and incredibly entertaining way. I also followed up to watch the Amazon Prime series based on the book and absolutely loved the adaptation. I highly recommend this one.
By: Louisa May Alcott
Synopsis: Meet the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Little Women is loosely based on the author, Louisa May Alcott and her three sisters. The story follows the girls as they grow from childhood into adulthood.
I’ve read this work several times but pulled it back out with the release of the new film adaptation. The story is artfully written with complex and wonderful characters. The book remains incredibly relatable today and is one that should be on everyone’s reading list.
By: Sandie Jones
Synopsis: Emily meets Adam while attending a conference at a hotel. He’s seemingly perfect! Emily thinks she’s found her happily ever after until she’s introduced to Pammie, Adam’s mother, who seems determined to split them up at any cost.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are well developed. The story flows along with enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged before coming to one final big twist. It took me thirty or forty pages to really get into it and there was something in the final twist that felt like people had suddenly appeared out of nowhere in the scene. Overall a great suspense story.
By: Jeffrey Rosen
Synopsis: Jeffrey Rosen’s book is a composition of conversations he’s had with Justice Ginsburg, dating back to the 1990s through the present era. The book covers a variety of topics, including her early law career and her opinions on landmark cases, like Roe v Wade.
I am a fan of Justice Ginsburg and have been for many years. Reading Mr. Rosen’s book felt like having a conversation with her myself. This was a very approachable read, compared with other works about the Justice. I found myself jumping ahead through Mr. Rosen’s explanations of the context of the conversation to get into their dialog right away.
By: TJ Johnson
Synopsis: This is Book One in the Davaar Island series. Abby Carson is an aspiring author who has been working on her novel for about 10 years, at home in Australia. Struggling with writers block, she decides to leave her home, husband, and civil service job to pursue her dream of writing in a new setting; Scotland. More specifically, Davaar Island. Not only does Abby find her inspiration, she rediscovers herself with the help of a colorful cast of new friends.
I discovered this series through bookstagramming and I am hooked. I was about halfway through this book when I ordered book two so I could continue reading as soon as I finished. The characters are wonderfully relatable. The story is artfully descriptive with a really interesting cast of characters. There’s an element of suspense and a few racy love scenes thrown in to keep it moving along. This would be an excellent beach read. I can’t wait to continue the series.