Genre: nonfiction

Book Review: Every Falling Star

Posted September 12, 2016 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: Every Falling Star

I would encourage anyone that has ever wanted to read a memoir or a biography (but were afraid they would be dry and boring) to start here. Sungju’s journey is a harrowing, dangerous, emotional journey that I will never forget. I met Sungju at ALA and I really wanted to say more than I did, but I didn’t know what to say without my words making me sound like a putz. But to put it mildly, he’s a hero. He survived an experience that many would not have, and though he did what he had to do to survive, not more »

Book Review: John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy

Posted January 17, 2016 by Pixie in book review, Pixie / 0 Comments
Book Review: John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy

Confession time! I don’t read a lot in the middle grade category. Even though I know the first half of the series is clearly in the realm of it, I didn’t really even consider Harry Potter middle grade until recent years when I evaluated it with a more critical eye rather than a fan’s (and I’d still argue that it’s borderline and with the first three books, but the growth beyond the third takes it away from the MG category… my opinion). Okay. So I’m getting off topic. Yeah, I don’t read a lot of MG. But the last few more »

Book Review: I Am Malala

Posted December 27, 2015 by Pixie in book review, Pixie / 1 Comment
Book Review: I Am Malala

I knew going into this book it’d probably be an emotional one. I also picked it at this tumultuous time we are facing, as you all know, because I felt like it was a very important thing I should read. I’m not going to get into politics here though so don’t worry about it–I know where I stand, where I’ve stood since the beginning, so I don’t need to get into that. I Am Malala does take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride right from the start. I could hear her voice and often while reading, I felt like she more »

Book Review: We Had A Job To Do

Posted November 19, 2015 by Pixie in book review, Pixie / 0 Comments
Book Review: We Had A Job To Do

This is actually going to be a short and easy review. I can’t bring myself to get critical when it comes to most historical books, most particularly historical books that are on the biographical side and during a war-ravished time-line of events. These time periods often fascinate me… these stories… and they deeply sadden me also. I get heavily and emotionally involved while reading. We Had a Job to Do takes the reader on a series of war veterans’ tales through World War II and the events they’d lived through. How could I honestly set this book down and think more »

Book Review: A Night to Remember

Posted November 11, 2015 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment
Book Review: A Night to Remember

I’ve always been interested in the Titanic. I’m actually pretty interested in shipwrecks in general. I grew up on the Great Lakes, and I read a lot about the many ships that have gone down there. I saw the Titanic movie (who hasn’t?), I’ve played this AMAZING computer game (Titanic: Adventure Out of Time), and now I’ve read this. A Night to Remember is a must-read classic for anyone interested in the story behind the sinking. All the facts are there, plus a few I didn’t already know. The author lets you know which ones are true, which ones are probable more »

Review: The Glass Castle

Posted September 29, 2014 by Lyn Kaye in book review, Lyn / 7 Comments
Review: The Glass Castle

Each year, for Banned Book Week, I choose a novel that has been recently under fire in the news, or has come under attack in public schools.  In  2011, I picked What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones. It was under fire back then for the “sexual content”.  In 2012, I picked up The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  At the time, it was one that was getting quite a bit of backlash, and I had it in my library, so it was my choice for the year.  Sad to say, due to some issues, more »