May 2022 Wrap Up

Welcome to my May Wrap-Up! I have already completed my reading goal of 94 titles for 2022.

This month, I’ve reviewed five of the titles I completed. All of them are wonderful books and I hope you’ll check them out. You’ll find all of my reading lists from the month along with my short story and a reading list celebrating Asian-Jewish voices in literature.

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Book Reviews


[Book Review] Escape Route by Elan Barnehama

By Elan Barnehama Escape Route, set is 1960s New York, opens with Zach’s Bar Mitzvah. As the Vietnam War reaches it’s peak, Zach becomes fixated with the war. As the son of first generation Holocaust survivors, Zach is fearful of history repeating itself and his family being rounded up. So, with the help of his […]

[Book Review] Jewish Noir II by Kenneth Wishnia and Chantelle Aimée Osman

By Kenneth Wishnia and Chantelle Aimée Osman Jewish Noir II is a collection of twenty-four stories from a combination of Jewish and non-Jewish writers focusing on topics including the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the US, the influence of stereotypes about certain Jewish communities on anti-Semitic attitudes, Israel’s ongoing legacy of regional warfare, the Jewish role […]


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[Book Review] The Next Pair of Shoes by Chaya Rochel Zimmerman

By Chaya Rochel Zimmerman The Grinburg family lives in a Polish shtetl. A young family, just started out, they are faced with a difficult choice. Pogroms against their little community at the turn of the century making decision about seeking safety elsewhere. Froyim, a shoemaker, leaves his wife and infant son, in order to start […]

[Book Review] Shtum by Jem Lester

By Jem Lester Based on the author’s personal experiences, Shtum follows the story of Jewish father, Ben Jewell, is struggling to cope with the care of his ten-year-old son Jonah. Jonah is on the spectrum and non-verbal. Stress of his care and navigating the British social services system, which will decide Jonah’s placement for future […]

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[Book Review] Watch Out for Pirates: Tales from a travel writer’s life by Jules Brown

By Jules Brown In his third installment of his travel memoirs, Jules Brown regales his readers with anecdotes from his years of experiences. Taking inspiration from a travel diary he discovered, belonging to his grandfather, Brown incorporates a generational take in this book. This is my third book by Brown and I enjoy each one […]

May’s Weekly Reading Lists

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My Writing This Month

[May Featured Short Story] My Name is Hathor by Heidi Slowinski

Monthly Short Story Feature One of my writing goals for 2022 is to create more short stories. They’re a good creative exercise and sometimes lead to bigger ideas for novels. Or who knows, maybe an eventual collection of short stories in the form of a new book. My selection this month is just for fun. […]

Celebrating Diversity – Books with Asian Jewish Voices

April is Asian American and Pacific Islander Month. In celebrating diversity within our Jewish tribe, I’ve compiled a list of books by Asian Jews and featuring Asian Jewish characters. Join the conversation by adding your suggestions for other titles to check out in the comments. This page contains affiliate links. This means for any purchases […]

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February 2022 Wrap Up

Welcome to my February Wrap-Up! I managed to cross another twenty-five titles off my reading list and am already two-thirds of the way to my reading goal for the year. I’ve had the opportunity to review five wonderful books this month and have included links to my weekly reading lists as well. Join the conversation. […]

March 2022 Wrap Up

Welcome to my March Wrap-Up! I am two books away from the finish line on my 2022 reading goal. I’ve had the opportunity to review nine wonderful books this month and have included links to my weekly reading lists as well. You’ll also find my March Short Story and my reading list celebrating Women’s History […]

April 2022 Wrap Up

Welcome to my April Wrap-Up! I have already completed my reading goal of 75 titles for 2022. This month, I’ve reviewed six of the titles I completed. All of them are wonderful books and I hope you’ll check them out. You’ll find all of my reading lists from the month along with my short story […]


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