5 Best Romance Novels Worthy Of Reading

It’s February and romance is in the air!

With Valentine’s Day almost here I thought it would be appropriate to do a recommendation of our 5 best romance novels that are worthy of reading. We have thoroughly enjoyed these romance novels and consider them to be in at least the top 100 best romance novels of all time.

Best Romance Novels Worthy of Reading

If you like to read romance novels, this list will definitely satisfy your mood for romance! Continue reading “5 Best Romance Novels Worthy Of Reading”

Wonder Book Review

Wonder: Book Review By Willow.
5 out of 5 stars

Please welcome on board our special guest reviewer Willow!

Willow is 12 years old and lives in the UK, in a small town in Dorset. She has a younger brother and sister. Her hobbies are singing, reading books, and playing the piano. She also enjoys running and after school club activities.

Review:

Wonder is a wonderful book written by R. J. Palacio. Continue reading “Wonder Book Review”

Enchantress Of Numbers By Jennifer Chiaverini

Please join us in reading our Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini for suggested monthly read!

We will be reviewing Enchantress of Numbers as well as our book club discussion questions for February 28, 2018.

The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. But her mathematician mother, estranged from Ada’s infamous and destructively passionate father, is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination—or worse yet, passion or poetry—is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes. Continue reading “Enchantress Of Numbers By Jennifer Chiaverini”

Brooklyn Book Review

Brooklyn: Book Review By Dinh.
4 stars

Synopsis:

Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War Two. Though skilled at bookkeeping, she cannot find a job in the miserable Irish economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America–to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland”–she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Continue reading “Brooklyn Book Review”

Brooklyn Book Club Discussion Questions

Here’s a video of Colm Tóibín talking about Brooklyn and other issues.

Discussion Questions:

1. What part did Eilis’ sister, Rose Lacey, play in the decision for Eilis to emigrate? Given that Eilis’ three brothers immigrated to Birmingham, England, there was no work in Ireland, and Rose was the surrogate father and breadwinner, was it inevitable that Eilis should emigrate?

2. Before Eilis set off to America from Enniscorthy, she had sensed that people who emigrated there could become rich and lived there happily. What are the reasons behind this preconception? What are Eilis first impressions of America? Continue reading “Brooklyn Book Club Discussion Questions”

A Stranger In The House Book Review

A Stranger In The House: Book review by Dinh.
2.5 stars

Synopsis:

A present you can’t remember. A past that won’t let you go.

You’re home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second. The phone rings- it’s the call you hoped you’d never get. You jump in your car and race to a neighborhood you thought you’d never visit. You peer into the dark, deserted building, and brace yourself for the worse.

After that, you remember nothing. Continue reading “A Stranger In The House Book Review”

The Blackhouse Book Review

The Blackhouse: Book Review By Dinh.
5 out of 5 stars for The Black House

Synopsis:

When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that has the hallmarks of a killing he’s investigating on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to see if the two deaths are connected. His return after nearly two decades not only represents a police investigation, but a voyage into his own troubled past. Continue reading “The Blackhouse Book Review”

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Please join us in reading Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín for our suggested monthly read!


We will be reviewing Brooklyn along with our monthly book club discussion questions for January 31, 2018.

Summary of Brooklyn

Goodreads Summary:

Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War Two. Though skilled at bookkeeping, she cannot find a job in the miserable Irish economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America–to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland”–she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Continue reading “Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín”

The Stars Are Fire Book Review

The Stars Are Fire: Book Review By Dinh.
3.5stars

Synopsis:

In October 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires break out all along the Maine Coast, racing out of control from village to village. Twenty-four-year-old Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers. After an unimaginable night in which the fire forces them to huddle together at sea, they emerge at dawn to find their lives forever changed.

Homeless, penniless, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists, Grace must learn to drive and find a job, a place to live, and a way to care for her family. Continue reading “The Stars Are Fire Book Review”

The Stars Are Fire Book Club Discussion Questions

Discover books by Anita Shreve.

Discussion Questions:

1. The epigraph is a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “Doubt thou the stars are fire; / Doubt thou the sun doth move; / Doubt truth to be a liar; / But never doubt I love.” What does it mean? What does it have to do with the novel it introduces?

2. “Containerize, her own mother once told Grace, as if imparting the secret of sanity. Her mother meant children as well as dry goods.” (pages 9–­10) In what ways does Grace follow this advice? When does she disregard it? Continue reading “The Stars Are Fire Book Club Discussion Questions”