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Reflections on the #AtoZChallenge

by Donna Huber For the A to Z Challenge, I discussed different book genres/categories. Each day, I gave a few details about the genre/catego...

April 7, 2018

Review: Swimming Between Worlds by Elaine Neil Orr

by Susan Roberts

Normally I try to write reviews as soon as I read a book but this one affected me to the point that I had to wait a few days and think about the book before I could review it. It's about integration in Winston Salem NC in the early 60s. Even though I didn't live in the South during that time period, I have lived in a town close to WS for 40 years and have heard stories about the sit-ins at the Woolworth stores in Greensboro and WS. This wonderful, well-written book gave those events a human perspective.

April 6, 2018

What to Do When Someone Already Wrote Your Book

by CM North

Around this time last year, I wrote about the value of derivative fiction, and how there is little true originality left in the world. This isn’t a bad thing, necessarily; after all, most stories follow similar plot lines (see virtually every one of Marvel’s superhero movies), which can provide a sense of comfort to the audience. It’s exhilarating to see the dangers faced by the hero, but safe to know they’ll survive at the end.

April 5, 2018

Double Review: Not That I Could Tell and Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

by Susan Roberts

Not That I Could Tell is Jessica Strawser's second book. Her first book, Almost Missed You, was really strong and this one is even better - it's a real page-turner.

April 4, 2018

Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

by Donna Huber

The first book I reviewed on Girl Who Reads was by Chris Bohjalian. I loved that book so much that I had to start the blog. I felt the same way about his latest novel The Flight Attendant. It was so good.

April 3, 2018

Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick and Thomas Taylor ~ A Review

by MK French

Scarlett Hart is the orphaned daughter of two famous monster hunters. The Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities (TRAPEZE) feels she's too young to follow in her parents' footsteps, but she is determined to do it anyway.

April 2, 2018

Review: In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts

In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills is a beautiful, well-written novel about a horrific event in world history - the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s. It's about love and creating our families not just from blood but from the people who mean the most to us.

April 1, 2018

It's Raining New Releases

This is no joke. There is a bounty of new books coming to bookstores near you this month. Here's a look at just a few to be on the lookout for. What is on your radar for this month?