Bonfire, by Krysten Ritter: a Book Review

I’ll be honest, I was perhaps a little unfairly skeptical of Krysten Ritter’s Bonfire. I didn’t want to believe that a glamorous movie star was capable of crafting a novel that I would enjoy. I was jealous of Krysten Ritter’s seemingly exciting life and her ability to somehow have the two careers I’ve always dreamed of. She couldn’t possibly be capable of writing a coherent novel, I scoffed. I was wrong. Bonfire was a riveting suspense novel, that I found myself utterly unable to put down. Continue reading “Bonfire, by Krysten Ritter: a Book Review”

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2017 Re-Cap

As 2017 winds to a close, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on some of my favorite books, movies, t.v. shows and music. So, here they are, in no particular order. Note: some of them have been reviewed already, some of these reviews are forthcoming, and some will never be reviewed on the blog but belong on the list nevertheless. Continue reading “2017 Re-Cap”

Mother, You May NOT!

Mother, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, is a psychological thriller entrenched with mythological elements. From director Darren Aronofsky, comes an almost epic tale about love, art, creation, and sacrifice. (Note, henceforth I shall refer to Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as JLaw and JB as their characters do not seem to have names. Also note, this post, like the movie, is very long. So buckle up!) Continue reading “Mother, You May NOT!”

The Child Finder: a Book Review

The Child Finder is the story of a woman, Naomi, whose life calling is to locate missing children. Known simply as the Child Finder, Naomi works as a private investigator with word of her uncanny ability traveling from person to person.  Like the children she is hired to find, Naomi was abducted in her childhood.  As an adult she has no recollection of the events that transpired while being held captive. Her mind has blocked the trauma and she only has memory of being found by a group of migrant workers after she escaped. She remembers them driving her to the Sherriff’s office, she remembers being deposited with her kindly foster mother, and she remembers meeting her foster brother Jerome. Perpetually haunted by nightmares, Naomi is terrified of her past catching up with her, but has made it her life’s mission to save and help children like her. Continue reading “The Child Finder: a Book Review”

The Book I Recommend to Everyone and Why

As readers, we all have our go-tos. Our books that for one reason or another pique our interest in a special way, manage to captivate our interests even after we know what is going to happen, and live on in our imaginations long after we’ve finished reading them. Most of us have several. Also, if you are an avid reader you will likely have people frequently approach you (usually while you are reading) and ask for book recommendations. Usually, I immediately ask them what they like to read. They’ll stop and think for a moment, and then most of the time they will say one of two things. They’ll either say “I like to read anything, I’m not really picky,” or they’ll say THRILLERS or MYSTERIES.  (Not always, sometimes they’ll be like “historical fiction” or “romance” or some other such thing. But, by and large non-readers will gravitate to thrillers because they are so compelling and can generally hold the interest of even the most infrequent reader.) If their answer is either of the two responses listed above, I always, without fail, recommend Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. And always, without fail, I’m right on the money. Continue reading “The Book I Recommend to Everyone and Why”