Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is set in rural nineteenth-century China, where women spend most of their lives confined to the four walls of upstairs women’s quarters. They are bound by customs and rules in silent subservience to fathers, husbands, and sons. They cannot travel, they cannot receive a formal education, they […]
People often seem amazed at how many books I can read as the mother of two small children. I try to read fifty-two books a year, and let me tell you: it is a serious challenge. For those who ask how I do it, the simple answer is that I prioritize reading above other forms […]
After I readThe Map of Salt and Stars, everyone urged me to read The Kite Runner, and even though I’m over a decade late to this party (what can I say? It came out when I was ten), I read it. It’s finally checked off my list. Everyone was right, of course; Khaled Hosseini’s The […]
Whatever Fredrik Backman writes, I will always read. I’ll even buy a brand new copy, which I don’t often do; I usually get my books from the library, and if I do buy them, I try to buy them used. Backman’s works are always worth the expense to me, because he writes with such hard-hitting […]
In keeping with the spirit of New Year’s resolutions and self-improvements, the first book I started in 2019 was a book on health and fitness. Whole Body Barefoot, by biomechanist Katy Bowman, is a quick, simple read, but the implementation of her ideas is rather less so. I read the book in three days, […]
I’m pretty sure I’m going to make some enemies with this review. I can just picture the hordes of middle-aged Christian women and Christian mom bloggers hunting me down and swarming towards my door…in Jesus’s name. Honestly, though, will someone please tell me why Ann Voskamp has such widespread popularity? I have heard her praises […]
I finished Mr. Dickens and His Carol on Christmas Eve, and it still isn’t sitting right with me…kind of like Scrooge’s imaginary “undigested bit of beef.” I honestly cannot decide if I liked it or or not. It isn’t often that I feel that way about a book.
I carried our memories all this way, the story of what happened to us. It was heavy on my shoulder this whole time, but I didn’t fall down. ….. The Map of Salt and Stars, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar’s debut novel, is a stinging lungful of air and a gut punch that took my breath away. […]