A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

By: Flannery O’Connor 1955 Fiction Rating: 4/5 Wowie. Flannery O’Connor is dark. A Good Man Is Hard to Find is a collection of short stories, and also – a bit confusingly – the name of one of the short stories… Continue Reading

Ender’s Game

By: Orson Scott Card The Ender Quintet (The Ender Universe) 1977 Fiction Rating: 3/5 I’m not going to lie: I was pretty excited to read Ender’s Game. It was recently made into a movie (with a pretty killer cast), appealing… Continue Reading

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

By: Pema Chodron 1994 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Spiritual life; Buddhism; China; Tibet; Doctrines Rating: 2.5/5   I’ll start by admitting that I have NO IDEA how Start Where You Are got on my “To Read” list. None. I am not… Continue Reading

The Crimson Petal and the White

By: Michel Faber 2002 Fiction Subject Matter: Great Britain; History; Victoria, 1837-1901; Perfumes industry; London; England; Young women; Prostitutes Rating: 4/5   The first thing I did after finishing this book was sit back and take a long, deep breath.… Continue Reading

The Magicians: A Novel

By: Lev Grossman Magicians Trilogy Book 1 2009 Fiction Subject Matter: College students; College graduates; Magic; Psychological fiction Rating: 1.5/5   The Magicians got a lot of hype. I’m not really sure why. I didn’t enjoy much at all about this… Continue Reading

Changes That Heal: How to Understand Your Past to Ensure a Healthier Future

By: Dr. Henry Cloud 1992 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Emotional maturity; Religious aspects; Christianity; Psychology; Christian life Rating: 2/5 Changes That Heal, in Dr. Cloud‘s own words, “is a book about relationship, and the barriers that must be broken down for us… Continue Reading

The Complete Persepolis

Persepolis 1 Persepolis 2 Persepolis 3 Persepolis 4 By: Marjane Satrapi 2000 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Comic books; Comic strips; Persepolis Rating: 3/5 One first important point: Persepolis is a graphic novel. Graphic novels always frustrate me. I never really know… Continue Reading

Woza Albert!

By: Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema, and Barney Simon 1983 Drama Rating: 3/5   There’s a lot going on in Woza Albert! and I’m not sure that I should even try to talk about it. It’s a play set in Johannesburg,… Continue Reading

Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

By: Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent 2010 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Heaven; Christianity; Near-death experiences; Religious aspects; 1999 Rating: 1.5/5   I have a lot to say about Heaven Is for Real. I guess I should start by saying that I… Continue Reading

The Screwtape Letters

By: C. S. Lewis 1942 Fiction Subject matter: Christianity; 20th century Rating: 4/5   I wasn’t really sure what to expect from The Screwtape Letters, but I was pleasantly surprised from the get-go. In the Christian community, C. S. Lewis… Continue Reading