What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Alice Love is confused when she wakes up at a gym (A gym? What’s she doing at a gym?) and a bunch of strangers flood her with odd questions. The last thing she remembers is being 29, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. But it turns out she’s now…

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Philip Ashley was raised by his older cousin, Ambrose, on a large estate in Cornwall, England.  While Ambrose is in Italy for the winter, he meets, falls in love with, and marries his distant cousin Rachel.  After a series of cryptic and somewhat alarming letters from Ambrose indicating he is being poisoned, Philip decides to…

It doesn’t feel like a coincidence to 17-year-old Calvin that he was born on the day the last Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was published, that his parents named him Calvin, or that he had a stuffed tiger named Hobbes growing up. So when Hobbes shows up and starts talking to him one day and…

14 of Our Childhood Favorites

We come from a family of readers.  Of course we do, our parents are both librarians.  So we each have fond memories of books we read, or had read to us, in our childhoods.  I have to say, no matter how new and fresh and amazing the new children’s books that come out every year…

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

Imagine that you are a 10-year-old boy who has received a book called Birthday Bunny from your GranGran for your birthday.  Do you: A) Treasure it’s sweet message and read it often? B) Throw it away? C) Use your trusty pencil to create it into a completely different book that you enjoy much more? This…

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Usually when I read a book, I mull on it for a couple days and have a pretty good sense of how I feel about it. But this book has been sitting in my “to review” pile for months now because I’m still conflicted. While most mysteries are solved by a protagonist looking outside of…

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

In January 1945, thousands of German, Polish and Prussian refugees converged in East Prussia.  Their goal: to escape the incoming Russian army by sea.  The evacuation of civilians via the Baltic Sea is widely considered to be a successful operation, with an estimated 2.5 million people being rescued.  However, one of those ships, the Wilhelm…

12 Fractured Fairy Tales for a Summer’s Day

It snowed here last week, so for me summer has felt like a mirage. But I suspect my favorite season and all its possibilities is right around the corner. Take a hike every morning? Don’t mind if I do. Go on a vacation? Perfect time to get away. Sit and read in the quiet shade…

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Alphabet books are everywhere.  You’ve got delightful books like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom that make learning the alphabet fun.  You’ve got things like Clifford ABC, wherein a familiar character goes through the alphabet with the reader.  Every parent is trying to teach their kid the alphabet, and so alphabet books are produced in abundance. But…

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Hannah Martin, a stereotypical millennial-type who spent most of her 20s hopping from city to city and from job to job, decides at age 29 it’s time to move back to her hometown of LA–and maybe put down some roots. Right after getting into town, she’s faced with a seemingly inconsequential choice after spending an…

The Martian by Andy Weir

What would happen if we sent a team of astronauts to Mars, and one was accidentally left behind?  The answer to that is the basic plot of The Martian.  Mark Watney was the botanist and mechanical engineer for a mission to Mars.  Through a “ridiculous sequence of events” his crew leaves him behind, believing he…

The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

My 9-year-old overheard me musing about what I was going to write on Bookburger this week, and she asked if SHE could take a turn and review a book.  I, of course, jumped on the opportunity, not only because it meant I didn’t have to write something, but also because I knew it would be…