Tag Archives: Book Review

Review: Daddy’s Little Princess by Cathy Glass

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across Damaged, by Cathy Glass, and was completely sucked in. I read it in one day. It was the completely heartbreaking story of a child that Cathy took in as a foster child. Because the book was so intense, I did not run out to read another of […]
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Review: Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith

When I think of a good “thriller,” I think of an adventure story that is full of suspense and mystery. Usually, the outcome of the story is a vital piece of the puzzle that makes everything that came before, make sense. It doesn’t necessarily solve all the problems, but it allows us to understand why […]
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Review: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

Do you ever get that amazing feeling where something so awesome happens that you want to squeal out loud, dance around and and do a fist pump? If that kind of thing ever happens to you, Saroo Brierley’s story is sure to bring on one of those moments. It might even bring on your first […]
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Review: All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

When you can see a part of yourself or a loved one in a character of a book without any stretch of the imagination, you know the author knows how to write well. While of course not every facet of any character will apply to any one person, sometimes they just seem so real— a […]
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June is National Aboriginal History Month

I first heard of John Demos’ latest book, The Heathen School on an NPR Books podcast. They featured a great teaser for the listeners and it certainly piqued my interest. The premise of this school was to bring in “heathens”— native americans and asians predominantly, educate in the language, religion and culture of a Christ-centic […]
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Counterpoint on Reviewing Bad Books – Calling a Spade a Spade

I’m going to take a break from reading to argue with my wife on the internet.  I don’t see how this could possibly go wrong. In her post “Not a Rant” on reviewing bad books, one of Gill’s key points is an early line, “I know the key to a good ‘bad’ review is constructive […]
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Review: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

I have an uncle who works with governments in second and third world countries to build systems, policies and help advance their protocols into the new millennium. Right now, I believe he is in Bangladesh and has been for a few years on and off. When I was growing up, his home base was mostly […]
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Guest review: XXI-XXX of Livy’s History of Rome- The War with Hannibal

I have many friends who are avid readers. Brent LaRoche is among the most committed of them, and is extremely thoughtful about the many books that he consumes. He reads across multiple genres, but History is very much a focus for him. Consequently, he is quite well versed on various topics in history as well […]
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We Were Liars: Get Beyond the Hype

Multiple reviewers said, “the less you know the better it will be.” And so I went in blind. Ann Kingman says, “not just one of the best YA books I’ve read this year, but one of the best books I read this year in any genre.” And I generally love the stuff that the Books […]
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The Martian – How much is a one-way ticket to Mars worth?

As a married father of three young children, there are many days when being stranded alone on Mars sounds like Eden.  Throw in the fact that lead Martian Mark Watney is a mechanical engineer, and heck I’ve daydreamed this scenario several dozen times already. Why do I have such compulsion to escape the people I […]
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