Thursday-Murder-Club-by-Richard-Osman

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. [New York] : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2020]. 355 pp.

I love mystery novels of all kinds, from the fluffiest cozies to the grittiest police novel. But my favorite mysteries are ones that challenge me in some way, have interesting characters, and bring me joy as I …

Potlikker-Papers-by-John-T.-Edge

“The Potlikker Papers:  A Food History of the Modern South” by John T. Edge.  New York:  Penguin Press, 2017, 370 pages, $28

Distinguished food writer John Edge talks about the Civil Rights movement and the New South eating scene via the lens of its foodways and culinary traditions.  Subjects covered include black farmers …

Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

The Thirty Names of Night, by Zeyn Joukhadar. Atria Books, 2020. 304p.

The Thirty Names of Night is Zeyn Joukhandar’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut novel, The Map of Salt and Stars. In many ways, The Thirty Names of Night feels almost like a companion piece, similarly following the journeys of two …

Name-of-the-Wind-by-Patrick-Rothfuss

“The Name of the Wind” (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss; DAW Books (662 pages, $16).

“The Name of the Wind” has been the most entertaining fantasy novel that I’ve read so far this year! It follows the story of a man on the run; Kvothe, who’s part adventurer, part mystic, and …

Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming

 Hid from Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming.  New York:  Minotaur Books, 2020, 340 pages, $27.99

Hid from Our Eyes is the ninth outing in Julia Spencer-Fleming’s popular mystery series set in upstate New York with main characters Episcopal rector Clare Fergusson and her husband Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne.  It’s been 7 …

The-Giver-of-Stars-by-Jojo-Moyes

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. New York: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2019. 390 pp.

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is a delightful, feel-good read, filled with adventure, friendship, and romance. Based on the actual historical group of women who became known as The Pack Horse Librarians, the novel is set …

when-no-one-is-watching-by-Alyssa-Cole

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole. New York: Harper Collins, 2020. 352 pp.

Sydney Green is back home in Brooklyn after a devastating divorce, but she’s returned to a neighborhood that’s changing; old neighbors seem to be selling and disappearing. Real estate prices are predicted to skyrocket thanks to a proposed …

Homestuck Book 1 - Act 1 & Act 2 by Andrew Hussie

 Homestuck Book 1: Act 1 & Act 2 by Andrew Hussie; VIZ Media LLC (440 pages, $25).

Homestuck is an interactive webcomic geared towards teens & young adults which was written, illustrated, and animated by Andrew Hussie. The fourth overall webcomic published on MS Paint Adventures, it centers on a group of teens …

book-of-phoenix-by-Nnedi-Okarafor

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okarafor. New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc. 2015. 232 pp.

Imagine being two years old and looking like you’re 40. Imagine spending all of your two years of life inside a tower, where you were conceived, grown and birthed to be a speciMen – an accelerated …

The-Extraordinaries-by-TJ-Klune

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune. New York : Tor Teen, 2020. 399 pp.

Nick is an ordinary teen – his only superpower is his raging ADHD, which makes him impulsive and lacking in common sense sometimes – but that’s okay. He has three really great friends who accept him for who he is …