East of Eden by John Steinbeck Classic Historical Fiction Review #1 * * Stars (Just ok) Set in the Salinas Valley, California, Steinbeck tells in immense detail the story of two families and how their stories intertwine. The Hamilton family is based off of Steinbeck’s family. This book is hard to read because the details are sometimes “too descriptive,” and it becomes hard to follow.
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan Non-fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) At 24 years old, Susannah Cahalan is an ambitious dedicated reporter for the New York Post. She is seemingly healthy until little things start to go awry and her health starts to deteriorate. Doctors are perplexed at what is wrong and suggest she has mono, but later her seizures prove otherwise. She starts having hallucinations and is admitted to … Read more
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah Autobiography Biography Non-fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Trevor Noah, comedian and current host (as of 2020) of The Daily Show, was born and raised in South Africa under apartheid. He was literally “born a crime,” as his mother was black and his father was white, and their relationship was deemed illegal, as was Trevor, the result of it. Still, there were … Read more
Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules Delilah Dirk #3 by Tony Cliff Adventure Graphic Novel Historical Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Delilah and Selim take a break from their exploits when they meet a Dutch journalist who talks them into undertaking a treasure hunting expedition. Unbeknownst to them (at least initially) he’s sending copy of their adventures back to his editors, and the stories are appearing in a number of newspapers. This … Read more
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Daughter of Sherlock Holmes #1 by Leonard S. Goldberg Adventure Mystery Thriller Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) The story takes the perspective of Dr. Watson’s son and the long lost daughter of Sherlock Holmes. Or so you think. Throughout this book you discover the true father of Joanne and while solving stumble upon another crime. This book is great if you’re a Sherlock fan or a … Read more
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Play Romance Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) In Verona, two families are in a feud. At a Capulet party, Romeo Montague falls in love with Juliet Capulet. It is arranged and the two marry in secret, but during a street fight, Romeo is banned. In a desperate attempt to reunite, Juliet fakes her death, but the message fails to reach Romeo, and believing she is dead, … Read more