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Review—The Pilot’s Wife

I brought this book to the beach for Labor Day weekend thinking it would be a relaxing read, but it was far from my usual beach material. I was entranced immediately by Anita Shreve’s storytelling style, how she made me feel like I was in Kathryn’s house with her as she got the devastating news in the very first chapter. This book was written with the perfect lens, putting us close enough to the action to feel their pain but letting us observe what is happening for ourselves. I only put this book down to take a nap; otherwise I read it in one quick sitting. Continue reading “Review—The Pilot’s Wife”


Review—Into Thin Air

A lover of history and science, my boyfriend lent me this book after he finished it. I’ll admit, I had doubts at first—reading about the deaths of climbers on Everest didn’t sound that intriguing. But he loved it, so I tried it.

The book begins with a short but chilling scene in which Jon Krakauer, a writer for Outside magazine, describes the effects of oxygen deprivation on the minds and bodies of everyone around him. Continue reading “Review—Into Thin Air”

Review–The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

This is the first of many wonderful books I got for Christmas this year, and it was so exciting that I read it in one day! The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins is a novel about a woman, Rachel, who rides the trains in London every day and sees a glimpse of the same couple each time she rides. She makes up a story and life for these people and comes to think she knows them–but then, a morbid mystery surrounds their life and Rachel has a chance to be a part of it. She knows a vital piece of information that may save someone’s life… or does she?

I like this book because I am a huge fan of the shifting perspectives narrative style. Continue reading “Review–The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins”

Review–The Awakening by Kate Chopin

For my history class, I was required to read The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I rented the book and read it grudgingly, expecting nothing amazing. After all, it was assigned by a history teacher. But I was blown away.

Awakening Cover Continue reading “Review–The Awakening by Kate Chopin”

Review–The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

One of the many books I was given for my birthday this year was a cute little mystery novel with a beehive cover. I liked it immediately because I don’t own any other yellow books! This was a very thoughtful gift because I don’t think I would have picked this book for myself, but I loved it.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is a tale concerning the world of Sherlock Holmes, but the renowned detective is now in his retirement years, living a peaceful life in the countryside. Continue reading “Review–The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King”

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