Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.
– To Kill A Mockingbird, 1960
I first read Harper Lee’s famous novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, a couple of months ago. For those who aren’t familiar with the award-winning story, it was first published in 1960 and has since become one of the great classics of American literature.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is about an investigation of a murder-turned-suicide. Allegedly, Sal Singh killed his high school girlfriend, Andie Bell, then killed himself. Everyone in their small town believes that narrative, except for Pip. For her end-of-year school project, she decides to crack open this devastating case again and find out the truth.
Molly’s Game is a fascinating story. It is the autobiography of Molly Bloom, a woman whose story is incredible and inspiring. It details her life throughout the course of her astounding career running underground high-stakes poker games. Born into a family of competitive over-achievers with very high expectations, Molly and her siblings have been incredibly ambitious since childhood. Continue reading Book Review: Molly’s Game – Molly Bloom
“The Glass Castle”, originally published in 2005, is a deeply moving and poignant memoir about the life of American author and journalist Jeannette Walls. It is one of my top-three favourite books of all time. Beginning with Jeannette’s earliest memory from when she caught herself on fire while boiling hotdogs alone at 3-years old, to one of her recounting the story of seeing her mother scavenging through a dumpster in New York City, “The Glass Castle” is a tale of a broken childhood and fractured family with a message of hope, ambition, love, self-sufficiency and forgiveness.
“The Appeal” is a fascinating and suspenseful story with the theme of corporate corruption, greed and the disappointing reality of our justice system. I consider John Grisham to be one of the best authors of our time. He has written over 36 novels over the span of over 30 years. He specializes in legal thrillers. At least ten of his novels have been turned into very successful blockbuster film adaptations starring A-list actors such as Matt Damon, Mathew McConaughey and Tom Cruise! Continue reading Book Review: The Appeal by John Grisham
Gregg Hurwitz has done it again! “Prodigal Son” is the newest installment in what has been my personal all-time favourite series since the end of 2016/start of 2017. This novel certainly lived up to my (rather high) expectations! Hurwitz is my favourite author. I have read almost all of his novels and I am a huge fan of his writing style. It is clear that he puts a tremendous amount of research into every book, and this comes through with the accuracy and detail in each one.
“Prey” is a disturbing sci-fi thriller about the ignorance and danger of the human race, as well as the threat posed by the rapid evolution of technology in our society. As someone who generally feels indifferent about the sci-fi genre, I can say that this book is in my top 3 reads of all time!
Originally published in 1979, The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore is a very compelling mystery that remains relevant even 42 years later. Fans of the mystery genre or people who enjoy the classic Nancy Drew style novel will certainly find this book fascinating. It features a relatable teen character and an entertaining story.