Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Title: My Brilliant Friend Author: Elena Ferrante Genre: Fiction, Historical, Italy, European Literature Publisher: Penguin Random House Published: October 19, 2011 Page Amount: 336 pages Goodreads Summary: The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely…

What’s on my TBR?

In lieu of my book review this week, I’m going to tell you a bit about the books I’ve downloaded onto my Kindle for prime reading activity. In case you’re wondering… I’ve read no books this past weeks. Lather on the shame (actually don’t – I’ve just been insanely busy). Below are all the books…

Book Review: Why The Dutch Are Different by Ben Coates

Title: Why The Dutch Are Different: A Journey Into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands Author: Ben Coates Genre: Nonfiction, Travel, History, Cultural, Netherlands Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing Published: September 24, 2015 Page Amount: 304 pages Goodreads Summary: The first book to offer an in depth look at hidden Holland and the fascinating people that live there, Why the…

Book Review: The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia

Title: The Secret History of Moscow Author: Ekaterina Sedia Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fiction, Russia, Magical Realism, Mystery Publisher: Prime Books Published: December 3, 2007 Page Amount: 303 pages Goodreads Summary: Every city contains secret places. Moscow in the tumultuous 1990s is no different, its citizens seeking safety in a world below the streets — a dark, cavernous…

Book Review: A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain

Title: A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisine Author: Anthony Bourdain Genre: Nonfiction, Food & Drink, Food, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Cooking Publisher: Harper Perennial Published: November 5, 2002 Page Amount: 277 pages Goodreads Summary: The only thing “gonzo gastronome” and internationally bestselling author Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling. Inspired by the question, “What would…

Book Review: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Title: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Author: Anthony Bourdain Genre: Nonfiction, Food & Drink, Food, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Cooking Publisher: Harper Perennial Published: January 9, 2007 Page Amount: 312 pages Goodreads Summary: A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a…

Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Title: Norse Mythology Author: Neil Gaiman Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Fiction, Short Stories, Retelling, Historical Fiction, Classics, Science Fiction Fantasy Publisher: WW Norton & Company Published: February 27, 2017 Page Amount: 304 pages Goodreads Summary: Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to…

Book Review: The Truth And Other Lies by Sascha Arango

Title: The Truth and Other Lies Author: Sascha Arango (Translator: Imogen Taylor) Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Suspense, German Publisher: Atria Books Published: June 23, 2015 Page Amount: 241 pages Goodreads Summary: Dark, witty, and suspenseful, this literary crime thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and The Silent Wife follows a famous author whose wife—the brains behind his success—meets…

Book Review: The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin

Title: The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Author: N.K. Jemisin Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Adult, Post Apocalyptic, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy Publisher: Orbit Published: August 4, 2015 Page Amount: 468 pages Goodreads Summary: This is the way the world ends… for the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with…

Book Review: London Falling by Paul Cornell

Title: London Falling (Shadow Police #1) Author: Paul Cornell Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Horror, Fiction, Crime, Paranormal Publisher: Tor Fantasy Published: February 25, 2014 Page Amount: 432 pages Goodreads Summary:The dark is rising …Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in custody. Furious,…

Book Review: Zeroes by Chuck Wendig

Title: Zeroes Author: Chuck Wendig Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Fiction, Cyberpunk Publisher: Tor Books Published: May 19, 2015 Page Amount: 336 pages Goodreads Summary: Five hackers—an Anonymous-style rabble-rouser, an Arab Spring hacktivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll—are detained by the U.S. government, forced to work as white-hat hackers for Uncle Sam in order…

The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod

Title: The Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1) Author: P.N. Elrod Genre: Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Historical, Alternate History Publisher: Tor Books Published: May 19, 2015 Page Amount: 336 pages Goodreads Summary: On a freezing Christmas Eve in 1879, a forensic psychic reader is summoned from her Baker Street lodgings to…