Book Review | How to Make a French Family: A Memoir of Love, Food, and Faux Pas by Samantha Verant

Authour: Samantha Verant Format: e-Galley Publication date: April 1st 2017 Publisher: Sourcebooks Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: What happens after you reunite with the Frenchman you fell in love with 20 years ago, and the two of you marry in a romantic, fairy tale California wedding? In Samantha Vérant’s How […]

Book Review | Traveling with Ghosts: A Memoir by Shannon Leone Fowler

Authour: Shannon Leone Fowler Format: ARC, 294 pages Publication date: February 21st 2017 Publisher: HarperCollins Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: Both the authour, and the (human) love of her life, Sean were only in their twenties when Sean was stung by a jellyfish in Thailand and died almost instantaneously. What […]

Book Review | The Elephants in My Backyard by Rajiv Surendra

Authour: Rajiv Surendra Format: Hardcover, 288 pages Publication date: November 22nd 2016 Publisher: Random House Canada Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: ” I had no choice here. This was the clarity I needed–Pi was everything to me, and here on out, it was all or nothing.” p. 166 As […]

Book Review | The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Authour: Viet Thanh Nguyen Format: ARC, 440 pages Publication date: February 7th 2017 Publisher: Grove Press Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: You may have heard of the writer, Viet Thanh Nguyen from his Pulitzer (and other prizes/awards) winning debut novel The Sympathizer. And while the synopsis of The Sympathizer […]

Mystery Monday | The Couturier of Milan (Ava Lee #9) by Ian Hamilton

Mystery Mondays is an occasional review feature here on Words of Mystery that showcases books in the mystery (and on occasion thriller) genre that we are currently reading and our thoughts on them. Feel free to comment and leave suggestions as to what we should read and review next. Who is it by? Ian Hamilton, […]

Midweek Mini Reviews #2

Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life by Sayed Kashua Having lived in Israel, where I definitely felt like an outsider, this collection of columns from Israeli-Arab author and journalist, Sayed Kashua had me intrigued. This was because during my time in Israel while I encountered various types of people, I rarely interacted with any Arabs […]

Book Review | Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Authour: Josh Sundquist Format: e-Galley Publication date: January 3rd 2017 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: I came across Josh Sundquist’s Love and First Sight from an excerpt I read of it from the Buzz Books 2016: Young Adult Fall/Winter sampler which was […]

Book Review | We Were on a Break by Lindsey Kelk

Authour: Lindsey Kelk Format: ARC, 404 pages Publication date: January 3rd 2017 Publisher: Harper Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: Okay, show of hands, how many of you thought of the TV show Friends when you hear “we were on a break”? That’s basically what came to mind when I saw the […]

Mystery Monday | Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness by David Casarett

Mystery Mondays is an occasional review feature here on Words of Mystery that showcases books in the mystery (and on occasion thriller) genre that we are currently reading and our thoughts on them. Feel free to comment and leave suggestions as to what we should read and review next. Who is it by? David Casarett, […]

Book Review | My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home by Lisa Anselmo

Authour: Lisa Anselmo Format: E-galley Publication date: October 11th 2016 Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: As someone who has a close relationship with her mother, I can’t even begin to imagine my life without her. As a result, I felt this book would resonate with […]