Thursday
Aug272020

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours by Chuck Missler

Title:  Learn the Bible in 24 Hours

: Dr. Chuck Missler

Review:

This is one of the best overviews of the Bible I have found.  Chuck uses 24 chapters to explain how the Bible works together as a whole.  To quote Chuck “It is absolutely astonishing how many controversies about the Bible evaporate once you recognize two things:  the Bible is designed as a whole, not just in broad terms but down to the very letter, and time is not linear and absolute but a physical property that varies with mass, acceleration, and gravity.”  How does Quantum Physics fit into an introduction to the Bible?  You’ll have to read this to find out!

Review by:  Jannelle

Wednesday
Aug262020

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L Armentrout

Title:  Storm and Fury

: Jennifer L Armentrout

Review:

This is a steamy YA. Armentrout weaves a tail with Wardens, demons and angels.

Trinity lives among the a clan wardens, protected and trained by them. Strange things are afoot. Leaders of the clan from DC shows up with news, there has been killings of demons, and wardens.  Trinity's Protector then gets taken by demons, she must then depend on the DC warden Zayne for help.. This is spicy wild book!

Review by:  Julie

Tuesday
Aug252020

The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage

Title:  The Woman in the Dark

: Vanessa Savage

Review:

Sarah and her husband Patrick move back to his family 数字货币合约交易所home.  Patrick has fond memories of his childhood and hopes that Sarah and their kids will fall in love with the house and small town.  But much has transpired in the house since Patrick left and Sarah and the kids discover long hidden secrets.  Great twisty mystery!

Review by:  Jannelle

Sunday
Jul192020

Angel Mage by Garth Nix

Title:  Angel Mage

: Garth Nix

Review:

Garth Nix paints a world where certain humans are blessed with the ability to summon angels to do their bidding.

Unfortunately, a summoning goes horribly wrong in the angel Palleniel's country. Many of the citizens are turned into horrifying creatures. What was the trigger for the Ash Blood Plague? Can it be reversed?

Review by:  Aly

Saturday
Jul182020

How Innovation Works by Matt Ridley

Title:  How Innovation Works

: Matt Ridley

Review:

Sometimes we think that breakthrough progress arrives with the brilliant idea of a lone inventor.  But this is rarely the case.  Most of the time it comes from the accumulation of many improvements and refinements on previous knowledge or methods.

Innovation is all around us, and its history is far more interesting than you might first expect. 

Review by:  Ben

Friday
Jul172020

Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer

Title:  Murder at the Mena House

: Erica Ruth Neubauer

Review:

Jane Wunderly, is a young widow in 1926 accompanying her aunt Millie on adventure to Egypt. They are staying at  the wonderful Mena House taking in the wonders of Egypt.  The worst Jane would have to deal with, she thought, was her aunt trying to set her up with a available rich man.  This will soon to be the least of her problems when she is accused of murder. This romp of a mystery harks back to the golden era with a little of Agatha Christie mixed in.  I could not put it down. Looking forward to the next in this series!!

Review by:  Julie

Thursday
Jul162020

Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow

Title:  Ten Thousand Doors of January

: Alix E Harrow

Review 

“When I was seven, I found a Door.”  Thus begins January Scaller’s account of feeling out of place and alone and discovering other worlds that ultimately help her find where she belongs.  This is a beautifully written story of bravery and perseverance. 

Review by:  Jannelle

Saturday
Jun202020

Devolution by Max Brooks

Title:  Devolution

: Max Brooks

Review: Kate Holland has moved into a new experimental sustainable community called Greenloop.  Located south of Mt Rainier, the 数字货币合约交易所homes in Greenloop are built from 100% recycled materials and have all the latest technology for energy efficiency and communication with the outside world.  Best of all, the community is surrounded by miles and miles of forest.  Shortly after Kate and her husband move in, Mt. Rainier erupts.  They are cut off physically and electronically from the rest of the world.  When the world finally remembers Greenloop, all they find is Kate’s journal chronicling the events of the weeks following the eruption.  It centers around one major fact:  Bigfoot is real.

Review by:  Jannelle

Friday
Jun192020

Simon, The Fiddler by Paulette Jiles

Title:  Simon, The Fiddler

: Paulette Jiles

Review: A poignant, hopeful story of a young man, a fiddler, who had successfully avoided being conscripted into the Confederate Army until the very end of the Civil War.  He and a few others formed a musical group to play at Army functions as required. This small group is at the center of the entire story.   At one of these functions, Simon spots a young Irish immigrant serving as governess to the daughter of a Union officer.  There the story begins.  His determination to find her after the war and the music as the essence of who he is makes an engaging read.  I recommend this book as a good summer read.

Review by:  Dianne

Thursday
Jun182020

Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz

Title:  Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II

: Alan Gratz

Review:

Projeckt 1065 is an exciting, action packed story that takes place in 1943, Nazi Germany.

Michael O’Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Germany, lives in the heart of Berlin with his parents. Much like the other kids at Michael’s school he has been recruited for the Hitler Youth. But Michael has a huge secret; He and his parents are spies.

This is one of my all time favorite books.

Review by:  Zachary

Wednesday
Jun172020

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

Title:  The Girl and the Stars

: Mark Lawrence

Review:

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence is a brilliant and unique read. Living on an ice planet, the citizens must adopt strict rules to enable their race to survive. When Yaz's brother is deemed unfit to survive, he is thrown into the pit of the missing children. The adventure begins when Yaz jumps in to save him. And interesting magic system makes itself known under the ice. Can Yaz find her brother and survive her new reality?

Review by:  Aly

 

Friday
May222020

How We Learn by Benedict Carey

Title:  How We Learn

: Benedict Carey

Review:

Quite a bit of research has gone into understanding how we learn.  This book lays out some of the most effective strategies.  From spaced review, to changing your environment while studying.  If you want to learn how to learn, start here.

Review by:  Ben

Thursday
May212020

Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

Title:  Book of Lost Friends

: Lisa Wingate

Review:

This is the new book by the of Before We Were Yours. Inspired by the "Lost Friends" advertisements in the South after the Civil War, this is the story of two women, Hannie Gossett and Benny Silva.  Although they are separated by 100 years, their stories come together in such a beautiful way.  I loved this book! 

Review by:  Jannelle

Wednesday
May202020

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St James

Title:  The Sun Down Motel

: Simone St James

Review: This was a page turner from the get-go! A nail- biter and heart thumping ride of a book. Carly Kirk was always curious about what happened to her aunt Viv who disappeared 35 years ago. She goes to the last place that aunt Viv was, the Sundial Motel, a throwback from the 60s.  She takes up the post that her aunt Viv had before she disappeared,  a night office clerk. Soon things started happening, The smell of cigarette smoke when she was around a little boy by the pool, lights flashing, doors opening...  It’s an amazing and creepy read!

Review by:  Julie

Tuesday
May192020

A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe

Title:  A Hundred Suns

: Karin Tanabe

Review:

Taking place in the 1930’s, this is a story of a woman, Jessie, leaving poverty and abuse in Kentucky in hope of a better life .

Travelling to Paris, she succeeds in meeting and marrying into the wealthy Michelin family.  From here the story moves to Indochina where the Michelin rubber plantations operate.  There she experiences the beginnings of the communist rebellion against France.  A story with secrets, scandals , mystery and some history of what is now Viet Nam.  A good read.

 

Review by:  Dianne

Friday
Feb212020

Liquid Rules by Mark Miodownik

Title:  Liquid Rules

: Mark Miodownik

Review:

From the of Stuff Matters, comes another book.  This time the focus is on liquids.  I was fascinated by his account of how the liquid ink in a ball point pen works for example.  Or how liquid soap is able to pull dirt from your hands.  If you like the science of everyday stuff, check out this book.

Review by:  Ben

Saturday
Feb152020

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Title:  Little Fires Everywhere

: Celeste Ng

Review:

This poignant and dramatic masterpiece shows what happens when the well-to-do Richardson family starts getting involved in the matters of the unconventional Warren family. Secrets get dug up when both families get tangled up in a moral dilemma turned huge political debate that shakes up the otherwise peaceful and rule-abiding town of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This novel is a masterclass in empathy, and one that I will joyfully return to time and time again.

Review by:  Devon

Friday
Feb142020

The XY by Virginia Bergin

Title:  The XY

: Virginia Bergin

Review:

Imagine a world where men can no longer survive. River grew up in a world very different from our own after a virus targeted every living being with a Y chromosome. That is, until one day when she stumbles across a boy who is very ill but alive all the same. The chain reaction sends River on a course she never saw coming. Bergin explores difficult, complex topics in her newest novel, including gender roles and rape. This is not a light read, but makes you consider the world from a different perspective.

Review by:  Bethany

Thursday
Feb132020

The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross

Title:  The Beast's Heart

: Leife Shallcross

Review:

This story is a wondrous tale of beauty and the beast.  This time it’s told by the beast. Through his eyes the story unfolds. It has new plots and twists but it holds the original flavor of the classic.  A wonderful sweet retelling of a classic I will be sure to re-read it over and over again.

Review by:  Julie

Wednesday
Feb052020

The Body by Bill Bryson

Title:  The Body

: Bill Bryson

Review:

How is it that humans are so intricate yet fail to complete some of the simplest tasks? Bill Bryson, lacking any scientific or medical background, is surprisingly the perfect man to answer these questions (and many more) while also splitting your sides with laughter. This well-researched book combines interesting statistics, amusing anecdotes, and top-notch comedy to make an engaging read for anyone looking for an owner's manual to their own body. Hopefully you read the terms and conditions...

Review by:  Devon