's CBR8 Review No:30

New favorite author!

Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner (Buy on amazon.com)


I have been in a complete reading slump.  I am in the middle of three contemporary romances right now, and while I intend to finish all of them, none of them are holding my attention.  Historicals were my first love, and will always be the thing I come back to.  But, the more I read, […]

's CBR8 Review No:21

Come to my Cocktail/Garden Party y’all!

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart (Buy on amazon.com)

the drunken botanist

  I come from a long line of German farmers who emigrated to Missouri. As such I feel strongly compelled to grow things in the dirt and turn those growing things into tasty consumables. Conversely, I love drinking and spouting nuggets of alcoholic wisdom. The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart was right up my alley. […]

's CBR8 Review No:122

Who would want to be the chosen one anyway?

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (Buy on amazon.com)


My recommendation for The Rest of Us Just Live Here also came from that “awesome first lines” list (which must have been YA focused, now that I think of it). I’ve only ever read Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series, which I loved up until the ending. But I went with this one based on its great premise, and I’m […]

's CBR8 Review No:121

I really hated these bitches

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman (Buy on amazon.com)


So I read Girls on Fire immediately after the lovely summer romance of Aristotle & Dante, and while listening to the audiobook of The Rest of Us Just Live Here (which I’m about to review, but let me just say here that it featured some of my favorite YA characters/relationships EVER). So maybe those warm and fuzzy feelings […]

's CBR8 Review No:120

A brief grown up book before I post 3 more YA reviews

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons (Buy on amazon.com)


There’s a lot of bitching in this memoir, but the writing is funny enough to balance out the more curmudgeonly bits. And the author’s message is important enough to make it all worth it in the end. “You don’t get rewarded for creating great technology, not anymore,” says a friend of mine who has worked […]

's CBR8 Review No:119

A really good story trapped behind some not so great writing

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Buy on amazon.com)


I read some article the other day (Buzzfeed? Bookriot) that listed books with really great opening lines. I got a few from the library, and finished this one first. The opening line isn’t really that stellar — “One summer I fell asleep, hoping the world would be different when I woke.” — but the book itself has a really […]

's CBR8 Review No:6

The closest thing I have to a Bible.

The Laws of Spirit: A Tale of Transformation by Dan Millman (Buy on amazon.com)

The Laws of Spirit: A Tale of Transformation by Dan Millman

About 15 years or so ago, way back when I was in college, my theater profession assigned us The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman to read. I remember liking it a lot and when I later found myself in the local used bookshop, I looked around for other books by the author. The […]

's CBR8 Review No:67

Jane Austen-lite

Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope (Buy on amazon.com)


After reading Eligible, I decided that it was high time I tackled the other two Austen Project novels. I started with Sense and Sensibility, because I had heard the least about it, both on CBR and the internet in general. I was especially curious to see how the adaptation fared, since Austen’s original seems fairly […]

's CBR8 Review No:66

Consumerism and total social decay: contained in an apartment.

High-Rise by J.G. Ballard (Buy on amazon.com)


My sister read J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise and then wrote a rave review on Goodreads, calling it a sort of adult version of Lord of the Flies, set in a high-rise apartment building. I was sufficiently intrigued, and also by the news of a recent movie adaptation. You know me—read book first, then watch movie. So […]

's CBR8 Review No:65

Only a month late to the reviewing party!

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (Buy on amazon.com)


You can find my full review on my blog, but I’ve enclosed the highlights here: We’ve discussed at length what did and what didn’t work for us, and ultimately, my review is mixed. Here’s what worked for me: *The time travel—hearing how Kivrin was confused by the language and customs was deeply interesting and made […]

's CBR8 Review No:64

A fine new Erdrich novel

LaRose by Louise Erdrich (Buy on amazon.com)


It’s always exciting when an author you love comes out with a new book. I’ve been working my way through Louise Erdrich’s canon, and I was pleased to see that she had a new novel, written within the same universe as some of her earlier works, including Plague of Doves and The Round House (which […]

's CBR8 Review No:63

A disappointing devotional read

The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White (Buy on amazon.com)


My evening devotional project has consisted of reading Ellen G. White’s Conflict of the Ages series, since I have not read them all the way through, and they are considered landmark texts in the Adventist faith. The Acts of the Apostles is the fourth in the series and is one of the least cited or […]