Genre: Science Fiction | Horror
Themes: Biological Contamination, Government Conspiracy,
Psychological Fortitude, Supernatural Lifeforms
All I can say is—Wow. I LOVED this book. It dug its tentacles into me from the very first page, and I’m not sure it’ll ever let go. Certainly not until after I’ve devoured the other two books in the Southern Reach trilogy.
Annihilation is smart. It’s creepy. It’s challenging. It makes you think, and it doesn’t give you all the answers. I only wish I’d picked it up sooner, instead of letting it sit and gather dust on my “To Read” shelf for the past four years because I’d heard it wasn’t very good.
Book Report by Kelly Greenwood
Themes: Far North, Wildlife, Native Eskimos, Natural History
I know I’m late to the game on this one, but that is the wonderful thing about books—they are reborn every time a new mind opens their cover. And my mind is blown away by Arctic Dreams. Lopez is well known for invoking a deep sense of place in his work, and since I began reading this book my mind has not strayed far from the wild white world of the north..
Genre: Non-fiction | Writing
Themes: Writing Fiction, Publishing, Social Media, Monkeys & Bees
*Explicit* (In other words, he swears a lot)
Wow, what to say about Chuck Wendig? He’s the blogger at www.terribleminds.com, he’s very funny, and he’s a kick-ass writer. All three of these characteristics of Chuck are wrapped neatly into his book, The Kick-Ass Writer.
This book bears a somewhat lengthier report, simply because my reasons for reading it were more personal than for many of the other books I read.
Genre: Fiction | Horror | Graphic Novel
Themes: Ghosts, Haunted woods, Murder
A delicious trip through visual and lyrical craft. Carroll chills not only with words, but also with texture and color: violent splashes of blood-red across the page, eyes obscured by haunting shadow, and the ever-present woods, black and menacing. Carrolls dark tales are full of twist and intrigue, and just short enough to freeze the breath in your lungs until the last word.
Themes: Themes: On-the-run-thriller, Crime, Coming-of-age,
Sam Hawley is not a good person.
He’s broken all the rules, and he’s got 12 gunshot wounds to prove it.
Hawley is a criminal through and through, guilty of crimes all the way from theft to murder. Hinti makes no excuses for Hawley’s behavior; it’s simply the only life he’s ever known.
Genre: Science Fiction
Themes: Virtual Reality, Utopias, Puzzles & Video Games
What was once required reading at Oculus VR is now primed for Hollywood, scheduled for release on the big screen in 2018 by Steven Spielberg.
Ernest Cline’s 2011 science fiction epic, Ready Player One, is a delightful journey down memory lane—that is, if you were lucky enough to be kicking around during the 80s.
Book Report by Kelly Greenwood
Themes: Pacific Northwest, History, Anthropology, Politics
This book came to me as all good books should—with a friend pressing it into my hands and saying, “You have got to read this one.”
Genre: Fiction | Themes: Preschool, Parental Rivalry, Murder
A cross between Desperate Housewives and Bad Moms, Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies is a delectable tale of moms (and dads—but mostly moms) behaving badly.
With a plot twist à la The Hangover (the beginning of the book starts at the end of the story), readers are uniquely introduced to characters through multiple perspectives—we get to know their personalities through their own words, but their appearances and looks are described by other characters, often painting a very different picture from how the characters perceive themselves.
Genre: Memoir | Themes: Adventure, Skiing, World Records, Travel
Why do we have to wait for life to break us before we reinvent ourselves? What if we’re the ones holding the hammer, and all we have to do is take a swing?
These are the questions that Steph Jagger asked herself when she set out to accomplish something extraordinary—something absurd. Steph was doing quite well at the time: she had a loving family, a successful career, and an apartment that she’d purchased with her own money. She wasn’t going through a terrible break-up, or grieving for a lost loved one, or trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Life had not forced change on her; nevertheless, she wanted a change. She wanted more. She wanted gusto.
Genre: Fiction | Themes: Paris, Bookshops, Love, Loss, Friendship
What Chocolat did for chocolate, The Little Paris Bookshop does for books—infusing them with love, magic, and mystery, not to mention the capacity to heal.
On board the Literary Apothecary, books are medicine, and Monsieur Jean Perdu is the “capitano” who prescribes them carefully and lovingly to each individual person.