Review: The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir @AAKnopf

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Synopsis: Esther Ann Hicks--Essie--is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family's fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie's mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show's producers: Do they sneak Essie out of …

Review: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay

Synopsis: Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her 13-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished in the woods of a local park. Riddled with worry, pain, and guilt, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. As the search grows more desperate, and the implications …

Mini-review: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Synopsis: They are an unlikely pair: George is “small and quick and dark of face”; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a “family,” clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation. Laborers in California’s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they …

Short stories worth reading when you have 10 minutes to spare – with mini-reviews!

Are you ever in a reading slump, or not particularly enjoying the book you're currently reading? Whenever I'm in either situation I find the best remedy is to pick up a short story! This gives me a quick burst of entertainment and usually encourages me to pick up my current read or a new book. …