Educated

The title of the book is Educated, and while education is definitely a central element to the story, the story isn't even about that. It's about abuse in its many and varied forms, the effects of mental illness, and discovering the truth about the world and yourself FOR yourself.

Camping at Alley Spring

Alley Spring, near Eminence, Missouri, is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, protected and maintained by the National Park Service (NPS). The spring is the 7th largest in the state, pumping an average 81 MILLION gallons per day. Alley Mill, situated on the bank of Alley Spring, was built in 1894 and is open seasonally for tours.

Anxious People

The first book I read by this author was Beartown. I really disliked it. The second book I read by this author, and only because I had heard SO many good things about it, was A Man Called Ove. I LOVED it. And so I found myself in a 50/50 split, and I have never been so torn on an author. When several people recommended Anxious People to me, I had my reservations. A Man Called Ove had a certain magic that is extremely difficult to replicate, and I really didn't think Anxious People could be on the same level, but I read it anyway hoping to break that 50/50 split and definitively lean one way or the other on Backman as a writer. After reading this book, I'm still 50/50. Let me break that down.

The Book of Lost Friends

To be honest, after reading the synopsis for this one, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I loved Before We Were Yours so much that I fully trusted Wingate.  Part coming of age, part adventure story, part crusade, this book doesn’t shy away from the shadowy bits of history we might want to sweep under the rug.

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka JoshiPublished by: Mira BooksPublish Date: 2021Genre(s): Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cultural - IndiaHB&W Rating: 4View on GoodreadsBuy on Amazon: Barnes & Noble, Book Depository Synopsis It’s the spring of 1969, and Lakshmi, now married to Dr. Jay Kumar, directs the Healing Garden in Shimla. Malik has finished his private … Continue reading The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

It All Comes Back to You

it makes me glad to see YA books like this out there because I think they help the younger generations process things they might themselves be feeling or going through. I think that Ms. Rishi did a lovely job of working out the character's inner conflicts, showed a mature viewpoint of romantic relationships, and resolved the story in a very satisfying way that was reflective of Muslim values, with love and kindness.