Review | The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

On Sarah Grimke’s eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of a ten-year-old slave named Hetty as a gift from her mother. Sarah, horrified from an early age with the treatment of slaves by her own mother is troubled by the ‘gift’ and promptly tries to free Hetty. Though unsuccessful in her first attempt to free […]

Review | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

At first glance, All the Light We Cannot See seems to be the poster child for book groups and best read lists, but the hype is well-deserved. With a subject that has already been so well covered, you’d think there wasn’t much more to be gained from another book about World War II. But Doerr’s story is fresh, […]

Review | Dodger by Terry Pratchett

The most unexpectedly fun read of the year is Terry Pratchett‘s Dodger. With an unmatched skill, Pratchett shows himself to be a writer akin to to Mark Twain and as adept in the historical world of 19th century London as he is in the imaginary world of Ankh-Morpork.  A month ago or so, Britt came […]

Review | Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

In light of today’s announcement of a new pope, Pope Francis (Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina), I thought I’d share a book with you that I loved. If you’re into conspiracy theories, this is a book for you. Pope Joan’s existence has been denied by the Catholic Church for hundreds and hundreds of years, but her […]

Review | Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I’ve had this book on my to-read list for a few months, but I suspected that the content was going to be heavy so it took me a while to pick it up. Between Shades of Gray tells the story of Lina, a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl living in 1941. Lina, her mother, and brother are […]