Review: Sweet Dates in Basra

Sweet Dates in Basra by Jessica Jiji My rating: 3 out of 5 stars In many ways, this is a classic, familiar, and formulaic tale of forbidden love. The dark-eyed beauty who doesn't know her own potency. The intelligent, kind, and not-like-the-other-guys guy who instantly sees and appreciates her for both her inner and outer … Continue reading Review: Sweet Dates in Basra

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Review: The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die

The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die by Clarissa Pinkola Estés My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is really more of a short story than a standalone book, but I did enjoy it. Clarissa Pinkola Estes bills herself as a "cantandora," or keeper of the old stories. This book … Continue reading Review: The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die

Review: Assassin’s Apprentice

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb My rating: 4 of 5 stars Coming out of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Series and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, I had both high expectations and some trepidation about my first solo purchase and selection of a less well-known, but certainly well regarded fantasy series. … Continue reading Review: Assassin’s Apprentice

Review: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett My rating: 5 of 5 stars When my niece lent this book to me and told me it was about an angel and a demon on earth trying to stop the imminent apocalypse from happening, I was worried that it might … Continue reading Review: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Review: A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Had it not been for a friend's recommendation (thanks, Lisa), I would have never picked this up-- I certainly had never heard of Lucia Berlin. What an incredible writer. These stories all clearly draw from Berlin's own life experience, … Continue reading Review: A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

Review: The Two Towers

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien My rating: 5 of 5 stars Coming into this series familiar with the movies first has probably influenced my reading experience more than is ideal, but I will say that it was absolutely fascinating to read Gollum's voice on the page. I should have realized this right away, but … Continue reading Review: The Two Towers