Book Review: The Midnight Library

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Trigger warning: suicide, depression When Nora Seed attempts to take her own life, she finds herself in an in-between known as the midnight library. Filled with volumes of books that lay out her potential lives, Nora has the opportunity to confront her regrets and explore what life could have been like byContinue reading “Book Review: The Midnight Library”

Book Review: Homegoing

Overall rating: 4.5/5 Homegoing was recommended to me by a friend when I shared with her my love for Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, one of my favorite books from earlier this year. It has remained on my TBR list for months, but the critical acclaim that follows Yaa Gyasi’s stellar debut novel made me worryContinue reading “Book Review: Homegoing”

Book Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea

Overall rating: 4.5/5 It has been a long time since I have indulged in fantasy, and this book was the perfect novel to return to the genre. After all, Christmas is approaching, and what better way to embrace the festivity of the holiday season than with a book that is just as magical in spirit?Continue reading “Book Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea”

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 I broke a cardinal rule with this book: I judged it by its cover. And I’m here now, hat in hand, to tell you just how wrong I was. Monique Grant is an aspiring writer who finds herself at the cusp of a breakthrough when Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo personally requests herContinue reading “Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”

Book Review: The Searcher

Overall Rating: 4/5 Like so many others, I have spent the last few months dreaming about the day that I can travel again. I crave the bustle of an airport, the quietude of disconnecting during a long flight, and the excitement of exploring a place unknown…or really just any place that bears no resemblance toContinue reading “Book Review: The Searcher”

Book Review: Leave the World Behind

Overall Rating: 4/5 I stand firmly in the camp that film or TV adaptations of books rarely do them justice, but the chance of seeing what existed solely on paper and in my mind being translated to a screen far too tantalizing for me to turn away. Needless to say, when I saw the castingContinue reading “Book Review: Leave the World Behind”

Book Review: The Shining

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 I knew I wanted to read at least one horror book during spooky season and what better choice to fit the cause than Stephen King’s classic? Of course I had heard of The Shining growing up, but I didn’t actually know anything about the plot. Yes, I’ve seen images of those creepyContinue reading “Book Review: The Shining”

Book Review: How Much of These Hills is Gold

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 How Much of These Hills is Gold tells the story of two newly orphaned siblings growing up in Northern California during the gold rush as they strive to find their place as first-generation immigrants. As someone who has never quite been able to call a country home, the thematic substance of thisContinue reading “Book Review: How Much of These Hills is Gold”

Book Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Overall Rating: 3/5 So many people love this book so I know I am in the minority when it comes to my feelings towards Where the Forest Meets the Stars. The story revolves around Jo and Gabriel, two individuals from seemingly different backgrounds brought together by an unusual child. It is a sweet and heartwarmingContinue reading “Book Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars”

Book Review: Educated

Educated by Tara Westover has been on my reading list for a while now but I immediately turned to it after I finished reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Perhaps it is because distrust (particularly in the government and authoritative bodies) is currently rampant, but there was something strangely comforting about reading these narrativesContinue reading “Book Review: Educated”