Book Review: Aster’s Good, Right Things

Eleven year old Aster feels as though she is the only student at her school who isn't gifted. Every day, she sets out to do a good, right thing, with lots of rules governing if it is good and right and how good, right things should feel. She does these things to build her own [...]

Book Review: The Henna Artist

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi transports us back to 1955 India, following a talented henna artist as her life changes forever with the arrival of a previously unknown sister. This novel offers a breathtaking view of a time and place I’ve never studied extensively. The setting is intricately described in a way that makes [...]

Book Review: The Bookshop of Second Chances

Jackie Fraser's The Bookshop of Second Chances is a meandering novel that explores what happens when one woman takes a leap of faith and changes her life, without really intending to. Thea is recently separated from her cheating spouse when she receives notice that she's inherited a house in Scotland. She sets out to sort [...]

Book Review: The House that Wasn’t There

Alder doesn't remember much about his dad, but his favorite photo was taken in front of the walnut tree in the yard between his house and his neighbor's house. He loves that tree. Oak doesn't want to move from San Fransisco to Los Angeles, yet here she is. When her mom decides to do construction [...]

Book Review: The Book of Lost Names

The Book of Lost Names is one of those books that you just know you’ll be thinking of long after you close the cover. It’s the kind of book that years later, something will jog your memory and make you think of it. It isn’t a light or easy read. As with all WWII set [...]

Book Review: Unplugged by Gordon Korman

What happens when the son of a tech icon gets sent to a no-screens wellness center as a punishment? Jett Baranov is the bratty child of a fictional combination of Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs: an ultra-rich, smart, innovative kid who is constantly getting into trouble. When he steps out of line, again, his punishment [...]

Book Review: The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

This lyrical debut novel swept me off of my feet. It's the kind of book that you finish with a big sigh, your heart near to bursting from the sheer magnitude of it. April Wood does not fit in. Her scientist father doesn't seem to notice her all that much, she doesn't have any friends [...]

3 Questions Book Lovers are Always Asked

My latest Knoxville Moms post is all about books and reading!  As a voracious reader who can’t stop talking about books, I’m often asked the same three questions: how do I make my kids love books, where do you find new titles, and how do you have time to read so much? I’ll be tackling [...]

Book Review: Barbara O’Neal’s The Lost Girls of Devon

Barbara O'Neal's books always have 3 things in common: strong women discovering who they are and where they belong; the value of friendship; and a lovable pet who makes the tough things in life a little easier to bear. The Lost Girls of Devon includes these themes in the best of ways. While When We Believed [...]

Book Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman's writing first captured me with My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, and I've since read nearly all of his work and am equally enamored with each moving piece of fiction. His latest novel, Anxious People, is due out September 8, 2020 from Atria. Net Galley and Atria provided me with an advanced copy [...]