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! You're lucky.Here's some more stories about the…

Review: Maniac by Harold Schechter

Title: Maniac: The Bath School Disaster and the Birth of the Modern Mass KillerAuthor: Harold SchechterPublisher: Little ARelease Date: 09 March 2021Genre: Literary, nonfiction I was given a free copy of Maniac in exchange for an honest review. Summary In 1927, while the majority of the township of Bath, Michigan, was celebrating a new primary…

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…

15 Thoughts While Reading Spooky Ohio

Spooky Ohio was published in 1995. Publisher, Kestrel Publications. Author, Chris Woodyard. 80 pages. These stories are kind of dark for children. I mean, hanging bodies and chopped heads? The writing is simple and easily approachable for young audiences. Neat that it has a glossary so that kids can learn new, unfamiliar vocabulary. I like…

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Title: The Passage Author: Justin Cronin Genre: Apocalypse/science fiction/literary Publisher: Random House Books (2010) Pages: 841 Brief Summary: Amy is a six year old girl abandoned by her mother who is eventually captured by some mysterious men working for the government on a mysterious, yet terrifying experiment. When the man who captures her begins to…

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…

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…

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…

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (Review)

Read: January 2020 Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (2019) Genre: Contemporary, realistic Pages: 305 Brief Summary:Alix is a successful blogger who is driven to market and sell her brand. Emira, her babysitter, is a sweet but aimless 25 year old who doesn't quite know what to do with her life just yet. So when Emira is…