All posts tagged: Book of the Month

Review: The Philosopher’s Flight

The Stats Title: The Philosopher’s Flight Author: Tom Miller Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 13, 2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy, Feminist Literature Trigger Warnings: Sexism, Sexual Language I received this The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller as a part of my Book of the Month club for February. The Review Robert Weekes always dreamed of joining the US Sigilery Corps’ Rescue and Evacuation Department. The only problem is, he would be the first male to ever attempt the feat. Determined to master empirical philosophy, a female-dominated branch of science, Weekes heads off to the all-girls Radcliffe college in Boston. When Robert arrives he learns he isn’t the only male at the school, but the only one with any raw ability for philosophy. With the help of his friends, Weekes battles sexist stereotypes to survive his Contingency year and to prove that he is worthy of (literally) flying with the best of the sigilwomen. With the Great War ramping up, the only thing that could potentially get in Robert’s way is the Trenchers, an extremist anti-philosophical group …

Review: Dark Matter

The Stats Title: Dark Matter Author: Blake Crouch Publisher: Crown; 1St Edition edition (July 26, 2016) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Science Fiction, Technothriller, Suspense, Horror, Romance Trigger Warnings: Multiverse Theories I bought Dark Matter as a part of my January Book of the Month club box. All opinions are my own. The Review A typical family night in the Dessen’s brownstone involved making dinner and enjoying each other’s company. This time, while on his way back from picking up ice cream, Jason Dessen is abducted and drugged by a masked figure. When Jason wakes up, he is not in his world. He is no longer a college physics professor. He no longer has a wife or child. His brownstone is still his home, but none of the furnishings -down to the location of the electrical outlets- are the same. Instead, he is “friends” with a man he never met, who has been funding his “research” for the past eleven years. Jason cannot tell if this is an elaborate prank or just a dream. While he battles with his sanity, …

Review: An American Marriage

The Stats Title: An American Marriage Author: Tayari Jones Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 1st Edition edition (2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Contemporary, African Literature, Literary Fiction, Social Justice Trigger Warning: Rape, Incarceration I bought An American Marriage as a part of my January Book of the Month club box.  All opinions are my own. The Review A year into their marriage, Celestial and Roy are excited about their future. Roy is a young business executive in charge of selling textbooks, and Celestrial is an artist about to make it big. All they want is a beautiful child to share their joy. However, everything goes array when, on a trip to visit Roy’s parents, the cops rip Roy out of their hotel room and arrest him for a crime Celestial knows he did not commit. Faced with 12 years of imprisonment, Celestial struggles with the idea of attempting to maintaining a marriage. Instead, she seeks comfort in her childhood friend, and Roy’s best man, Andre. But, when Roy’s conviction is overturned after five years, Celestial must decide …

Review: Red Clocks

The Stats Title: Red Clocks Author: Leni Zumas Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (January 16, 2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Feminist Literature, Dystopian, Women’s Fiction Trigger Warnings: Abortion, Domestic Violence, Coarse Language I bought Red Clocks as a part of my January Book of the Month club box. Thank you to Book of the Month for providing us the option to purchase an early release copy of Red Clocks. All opinions are my own. The Review Red Clocks occurs in an America where “the Personhood Amendment” has granted every embryo the right to consent. Thus, Roe vs. Wade is overturned (as the embryo cannot consent to its termination) and in vitro fertilization is banned (as the embryo cannot consent to its fertilization). To further the Personhood Amendment agenda, the Every Child Needs Two initiative will take effect making it impossible for single parents to adopt. In a small town outside of Salem, Oregon, four women attempt to navigate the world they were dragged into. The biographer, an avid feminist, never wanted to settle down but is desperately …

Review: As Bright as Heaven

The Stats Title: As Bright As Heaven Author: Susan Meissner Publisher: Berkley (February 6, 2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction Trigger Warnings: Discussion of Death I bought As Bright as Heaven as a part of my January Book of the Month club box. Thank you to Book of the Month for providing us the option to purchase an early release copy of As Bright As Heaven. All opinions are my own. The Review A historical fiction novel surrounding the Great War and the Spanish Flu, As Bright as Heaven, is told in the perspective of a mother and her three daughters –  Paulina, Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa Bright. Thomas Bright, the patriarch of the Bright Family, has recently been offered a position at his uncle’s funeral home. Haunted by the loss of their baby boy, Henry, Paulina views living in the funeral home as a means to gain closure. The family packs up their bags to head to the big city of Philadelphia for a better life. The girls all have various opinions regarding the move; but, in a little …

Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

The Stats Book: The Heart’s Invisible Furies Author: John Boyne Publisher: Hogarth (August 22, 2017) Genre: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Literary Fiction, LGBTQA+, Fictional Memoir Awards: Book Of The Month Book of the Year (2017), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction Nominee (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction (2017) Trigger Warnings: Hate Crimes The Review If you have not heard of this book yet; then listen up. I quite possibly have found my favorite book of 2018. Yes… this novel was published in August 2017; but, for whatever reason (my wallet), it took me longer than it should have to finally read The Heart’s Invisible Furies. I am beyond thankful that I did. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a fictional memoir about Cyril Avery’s life. Told in the perspective of Cyril, the story begins in 1940s post-war Ireland. Cyril’s mother, young and pregnant with an illegitimate child,  is banished from her home parish of Goleen. With nowhere to go, she heads to Dublin to fix her situation with an ingenious plan – to give Cyril, upon birth, to a hunchback Redemptorist nun. This …

My 5 Best Reads of 2017

My 2017 New Year’s Resolution was to read one book a month – a task that would have been a piece of cake for me when I was 11. As I got older, however, reading for pleasure became a thing of the past. Throughout my entire college career, the only book I managed to read for fun was Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis (an accomplishment really if you have seen the size of Anthony’s autobiography). Thankfully, I stumbled upon the Book of the Month club on Pinterest. It is a subscription book service offering 3-months, 6-months, or 12-months in which you can select one of 5 books each month. You can then pay an extra $9.99 per book to add up to two other selection to your box. A complete steal when all of their books are hard-backed and have an MSRP between $16-$30 dollars. I figured if I subscribed to the 12-month plan then I would be forced to complete my goal. After all, the hardest part of reading is selecting a proper book. With …