Beartown : a novel

Beartown : a novel Book Cover

I found myself not wanting to put this book down, even for a minute as so much was happening with the author's character development. This book is just not about hockey but other key elements of life as well. I have to agree with Amazon's review which states" Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain." I hope you enjoy the characters as much as I did in his book.

Red notice : a true story of high finance, murder, and one man’s fight for justice

Red notice : a true story of high finance, murder, and one man’s fight for justice Book Cover

Red Notice, by Bill Browder is a gripping true account of an American financier living in Russia who systematically exposes Russian government corruption in the financial markets. Mr. Bower's actions cost him dearly when his trusted attorney was arrested, tortured and died in a Russian prison. Following that horrific experience, Mr. Browder was transformed from manager of a multi billion dollar investment fund to a human rights activist. A very interesting read into the world of Putin and the Russian government.

This is how it always is

This is how it always is Book Cover

This is How it Always Is, by Laurie Frankel, is a beautifully written bold novel about gender dysphoria and the impact his change has on a family and society as a whole. The author weaves fairy tales and humor into a story of the changes a family experiences when their fifth son becomes a daughter. To make the point that nothing is how it always is, the author weaves fairly tales and humor to chart the course of their son's transformation to a daughter. A must read for our time.

Today we go home : a novel

Today we go home : a novel Book Cover

Book Review states, "Pairing the dual narrative of Larkin and Emily, Estes relates the hardships faced by women who serve in the military. Based on real-life stories of women who served, this is an excellent read." This is Kelli Estes's second book and it does not disappoint her readers. If you liked her first book "The Girl Who Wrote in Silk", you will enjoy her new characters, Emily and Larkin. I never knew that women served in the Civil War and what they had to do to survive and fight in this war. There is a list of other reads that this author provides to the reader in learning more about this subject. I will surely pick several of the books up to further my education on this topic. I would rate this book as a 4 out of 5. Great book club discussion book.

Deep Creek : finding hope in the high country

Deep Creek : finding hope in the high country Book Cover

Selected for the 2020 One Book One Community book. A moving story of the author’s life in the remote mountains of Colorado. A great read during “Stay at Home” orders.

The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars Book Cover

This book is based on true events which occurred in the Depression era involving Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library. The book takes place in rural Kentucky and centers around five amazing women who have their own challenges to conquer in addition to supplying books and magazines to families in far and remote places in their county. Horseback is their only means of traveling to these remote families. Read about these librarians and how they manage to keep their little lending library functioning in hard times. Jojo Moyes always has interesting characters and she won't disappoint you with these ladies.

The changeling : a novel

The changeling : a novel Book Cover

I still can’t figure out if I loved or hated this book. It captivated my thoughts weeks after reading it.

The Rise of Magicks

The Rise of Magicks Book Cover

This is the third book in the trilogy the Chronicles of the One. If you liked Stephen King's book The Stand, then you will enjoy reading this trilogy by Nora Roberts. It is good versus evil like in The Stand, however, one woman named Fallon is the chosen one who continues to build her army so she can fight the black dragon and the darkness that is evil. The evil was re-woken in Scotland in her first book, entitled Year One. Masses were wiped off the face of the earth except some of the people who had magical means and who had the light within them. It was a time of rebuilding life despite the constant raids by the evil ones. If you like fantasy, it's one of her best reads.

Better than Before

Better than Before Book Cover

I love this book so much I bought it for myself. Gretchen challenges habits. How to keep them, how to start them, and why it can be so easy to fall out of an important habit. She uses her own story to connect the reader to who they are. The first two chapters gave me so much insight into myself and what systems work well for me. As I said, I bought this book so that I could continue to reference it and write notes within its pages. If you are looking into being the best You in any way, check out "Better than Before". Gretchen supports you along the way. My family has also started reading and listening to the audiobook on my recommendation. Enjoy!

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Book Cover

This book is fascinating! It tells the story of the heist of priceless specimens from the British Natural History Museum by a young man obsessed with collecting beautiful - and rare - feathers. The Feather Thief is as much about the history of science as it is a heist book, and wholeheartedly recommend to anyone interested in either topic!