Reviews Alphabetically by Title


Charleyboy, Lisa

A profound book about the Indigenous Woman experience by Native American women.

5th Avenue, 5 a.m.

Wasson, Sam

Nonfiction about Audrey Hepburn and the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's.

7-1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (The)

Turton, Stuart

A fantastical, intriguing story as a man is given 8 days and 8 different host bodies to solve a murder in a gothic setting.

A Big Little Life: Memoir of a Joyful Life

Koontz, Dean

A loving tribute by Koontz to his joyful dog Trixie after her death. (mini review)

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

Fletcher, C. A.

A dystopian story of a stolen dog and the adventures and hardships endured trying to rescue her.

A Christmas Carol

Dickens, Charles

The classic story of Scrooge and his three spirits.

A Curious Beginning #1

Raybourn, Deanna

Veronica Speedwell #1 in series: London 1800s. A feisty, outspoken, liberated heroine. A strong, emotionally damaged, mercurial hero. A cozy mystery with murder, lies and deception galore, scientific minds being challenged to solve a winding trail of clues.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Kemmerer, Brigid

A prince is cursed and goes on a killing spree once a year and can only be saved by true love.

A Ladder to the Sky

Boyne, John

The story of an aspiring writer who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. (mini review)

A Memory of Violets

Gaynor, Hazel

Set in London in the late 1800s, this novel tells the story of a young woman who gets a housekeeping job at a home that attempts to help the orphaned girls that sell flowers on the street corners. Part light mystery, part light romance.

A Murderous Relation #5

Raybourn, Deanna

Set in Victorian London, this action packed murder mystery features the independent Victoria Speedwell.

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (The)

Alexie, Sherman

A book to read in a day that explores some serious themes in a sometimes lighthearted way.

After the Flood

Montag, Kassandra

Set in post-apocalyptic world of water, a woman faces dangers as she tries to find her oldest daughter.

All My Puny Sorrows

Toews, Miriam

A story about sisters and the strong bond they share. One wants to end her life and the other wants to save her and give her a reason to live.

Amarillo Slim

Preston, Amarillo Slim

A fascinating look at how Amarillo Slim became a renowned gambler, celebrities he knew, and the some of the history of gambling in Vegas. (mini review)

An American Marriage

Jones, Tayari

A newlywed black couple in the south finds their marriage severely tested when the husband is falsely imprisoned for rape.

An Unkindness of Ghosts

Solomon, Rivers

Aboard a spaceship a slave woman is trained by the ship's doctor and fights to learn about her mother. (mini review)

Anne of Green Gables #1

Montgomery, L.M.

A spunky orphan becomes part of a household and gradually everyone falls in love with her exuberant ways.

Arf: A Bowser & Birdie Novel #2

Quinn, Spencer

An 11 year old heroine and her dog work to solve her dad's murder from years ago. (mini review)

Ask Again, Yes

Keane, Mary Beth

Young love sidetracked by a tragedy that breaks up two families. Can forgiveness save them?

Ask and the Answer (The) #2

Ness, Patrick

Todd and Viola finally get to Haven only to find the army there ahead of them. They are then drawn into the politics of trying to prevent war.


Backman, Fredrik

A small town that revolves around hockey deals with an accusation against their star player.

Beautiful Mystery (The)

Penny, Louise

Set in a monastery in remote Canada, this has all the elements of a locked-room mystery with the added interest of music.


Obama, Michelle

Her very personal autobiography covering childhood to leaving the White House.

Before She Knew Him

Swanson, Peter

A thriller in which a woman becomes suspicious of her neighbor being a murderer, with plenty of twists.

Before the Fall

Hawley, Noah

Eleven people board a private jet flying from Martha's Vineyard to NYC. When the plane crashes into the ocean, only two survive.


Freudenberger, Nina

A beautiful coffee table book celebrating home libraries and collectors.

Binding (The)

Collins, Bridget

Part historical fiction, part magical realism, this book has an unusual binders exist to capture your worst memories into a book. And then you no longer have them. Is that a good thing?


Okorafor, Nnedi

Sci-fi trilogy of novellas about a young woman who leaves Earth for another planet to attend University, makes friends, faces danger, and finds herself.

Blue (The)

Clarke, Lucy

Adventure and danger find two young women who sign on to help crew a yacht.

Blue Heaven

Box, C.J.

Bad cops, a rancher with a good heart, the wilds of Idaho, and two kids on the run.

Bluebird, Bluebird #1

Locke, Attica

A black Texas Ranger deals with personal issues while trying to solve the racially charged murders of a black man and white woman.

Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (The)

Richardson, Kim Michele

An impressive story about the Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky full of emotion, a strong female protagonist, and so evocative of a place and time.

Bookman's Tale (The)

Lovett, Charlie

After a man's wife dies he finds meaning in life by finding a book potentially belonging to Shakespeare.

Bookshop on the Corner (The)

Colgan, Jenny

A book about the love of books and the desire to match everyone with their perfect book is the basis for this charming story. This is the story of how a librarian becomes a literary book matchmaker.

Born a Crime

Noah, Trevor

Memoir of growing up in South Africa in the wake of apartheid.

Butterfly Garden (The)

Hutchison, Dot

In the heart of a city, a man has created a large private garden where he abducts and imprisons women for his pleasures.

Christmas Sisters (The)

Morgan, Sarah

Three sisters go home to Scotland for the holidays, each with their own big problem.


Meyers, Marissa

A VERY creative retelling of Cinderella set in future and Cinder is a cyborg. Fun and exciting.

Convenience Store Woman

Murata, Suyaka

Set in Tokyo, it's a story of a woman who starts working in a convenience store in college and never leaves, even though everyone wants her to.

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