Goodreads Review: Whisper of the Moon Moth

Whisper of the Moon MothWhisper of the Moon Moth by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Whisper of the Moon Moth is enjoyable historical fiction based loosely around details of the life of Merle Oberon and several people she came in contact with or worked around historically. Having never heard of her I was intrigued. In the blurb I read before requesting the book I understood that this was a fictional account of her life so I wasn’t expecting the details of the book to be accurate so it didn’t detract from my overall rating. I think if you go into the book with some knowledge of Merle it might change your rating of the book because it does delve into her life and the psychology of various details in the cultural and professional context she did live in. If you take the book as a work of what amounts to fan fiction, I think it can be enjoyed.

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Goodreads Review: Strangers in Budapest

Strangers in Budapest: A NovelStrangers in Budapest: A Novel by Jessica Keener
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy for review through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

What drew me to this book was my personal connection to Hungary. Having family there, living there and visiting several times (coincidently during the period this story takes place) are all reasons I was eager to read this book. Although these connections contributed to my enjoyment of the book and high rating, I think that there is plenty to enjoy in the atmosphere and characters of the book.

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Goodreads Review: A Primate’s Memoir

A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the BaboonsA Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons by Robert M. Sapolsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was recommended to me as an extra credit opportunity that I didn’t end up taking advantage of in my primate class. I’m a bit surprised by the commenters who wanted something more scientific because while his language is not what you’d see in a textbook he does chronicle the actual experience of field research.

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Goodreads Review: After the Bloom

After the BloomAfter the Bloom by Leslie Shimotakahara

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy to review through NetGalley*

The description of After the Bloom intrigued me but I set the book aside for awhile because it felt like a book that deserved my full attention. The stories of Rita and Lily are entwined in their telling. Although the story is centered around Lily going missing there’s a level of mirroring between the daughter and mother’s stories. Both are hesitant to accept the truths in their lives and that tension is worked elegantly by Leslie Shimotakahara. Although the background of the story is the internment of the Japanese during WWII it succeeds because the characters not the history are in the foreground.

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Goodreads Review: Sociable

SociableSociable by Rebecca Harrington
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of Sociable through NetGalley*

I give the book three stars because it reflects the Goodreads rating system which is that “I liked it”. Sociable is one of those easy and quick reads that offers a window into a very specific moment in time and looks honestly at the people occupying that without getting hung up on exploring the depths of it all. And that’s a good thing! It’s an easy book to recommend because it could just as easily be a movie or short T.V. series as it is a book. Genuinely entertaining and topical.

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Goodreads Review: Burnt Land

Burnt LandBurnt Land by Tua Harno
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a review copy of this title

First off, the concept of this book really drew me in and kept me there almost through the end. I felt that although the book was strong at least 3/4 of the way in, the ending left me disappointed. Sanna’s story is engaging although her relationships with men feel rather triggered I think Tua did an excellent job of exploring Sanna’s motivation and providing her with meaningful growth. Tua maintains an excellent tension between characters throughout the book and I found myself unable to put the book down.

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Goodreads Book Review: The Shadow Land

The Shadow LandThe Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received The Shadow Land to review through Netgalley. Admittedly the cover drew me in and the description intrigued me.

I’m surprised that I enjoyed the book as much as I did because early on there were stylistic elements that I found difficult to wade through. Specifically the perspective changes between chapters were a little choppy to start and the protagonist failed to draw me in on her own merits. At times the pacing compelled me to put the book down out of frustration.

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Goodreads Book Review: Blog, Inc by Joy Cho

Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create CommunityBlog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reading the description of the book and the reviews I knew what to expect generally from Blog, Inc. It is a spot on title because it really is about blogging for passion turning that into profit and utilizing/creating community connections to amplify the effects of both.

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