15 Thoughts While Reading “On the Plain of Snakes”

This writing is tedious. Everyone has a story about the border. In fact, we’re STILL at the border. Oh yes, we’re finally going deeper into Mexico. Watch out for the cartels and the mafia and the police. In fact, don’t say their names out loud. Bribe the police if you get pulled over. Be careful! … More 15 Thoughts While Reading “On the Plain of Snakes”

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (Review)

Title: Victoria Author: Daisy Goodwin Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 401 Summary: In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been … More Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (Review)

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Review)

Title: Serafina and the Black Cloak Author: Robert Beatty Publisher: Disney Hyperion (2015) Genre: historical/fantasy/mystery Pages: 291 Brief Summary: Serafina is growing up in the bowls of Biltmore estate. Her father is the mechanic for the boiler room and Serafina traps and kills rats. Except that she isn’t to be seen by anybody who lives … More Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Review)

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (Review)

Title: My Dark Vanessa Author: Kate Elizabeth Russell Publisher: HarperCollins (March 2020) Genre: Contemporary/Realistic Pages: 369 Brief Summary: Vanessa is obsessed with Mr. Strane. He is older, smart, handsome…and he’s her high school English teacher. Strange enough, he loves her too and the two of them are soon entangled in an unnerving relationship. 17 years … More My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (Review)

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Review)

Read: June 2020 Publisher:Random House (2010) Genre: Nonfiction/Biography Pages: 563 (paperback edition) Brief Summary: Louis Zamperini, a one time Olympic running competitor and childhood rebel rouser, joined the Army Air Corps during WWII. In spring of 1943, his plane crashed into the Pacific ocean and thus his 3 year odyssey of survival began. Enduring weeks … More Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Review)