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, Book ReviewsBeing a writer means being a reader. I have always enjoyed getting lost in fictional worlds and delight in beautiful and evocative language. It is this love of novels that has prodded me to write. As I began my writing journey, I remember asking myself, “Can I really do this?” Like all artists, I am inspired to emulate art I admire. And so I read—all the time. This is a page where you can keep track of what I’m reading for pleasure as well as for inspiration / research for my next novel. 

As I realized my dream of becoming a novelist, I began to appreciate even more how important it is to spread the word about great books. Writing reviews helps me engage critically with the work I’m reading and join fellow readers worldwide in conversation. I will post reviews here but make sure to follow me on Goodreads and BookBub to see my recent reviews! If you’d like to learn more about how my reading is influencing my current writing process, or delve deeper into the inspirations behind my first two novels, Eden and The Nine, just click on Writing Inspiration to the right. I am also excited to share the works of fellow authors I’ve been asked to blurb in the far right column.

Want to chat about a book I’ve reviewed? Have a recommendation for me? Drop me a line to start the conversation!

Disclosure: This blog may contain affiliate links, meaning if you decide to make a purchase through one of these links, I may make a small commission (at no additional cost to you), which I will donate to literary organizations in Boston. Thanks!

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Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

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Leave the World Behind by Rumaan AlamMaybe not the best audiobook choice for the day after a coup-attempt and the height of a global pandemic, but Leave the World Behind's end-of-the-world omniscient narrator thoughtfully contemplates what matters, who we are, and, even as…By jbadmin|
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The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik LarsonThe seventeen hour Splendid and the Vile audio book was the perfect companion on a cross country drive. Churchill's bravery, determination, and leadership rang through as did…By jbadmin|
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Dreamland by Sam Quinones

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Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam QuinonesI picked up Dreamland at the suggestion of a person I admire. It details the convergence of our national Opioid crisis and heroine addiction, fueled by criminal drug marketing techniques, an anti-pain…By jbadmin|
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Leaving Coy’s Hill by Katherine A. Sherbrooke

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Leaving Coy's Hill by Katherine A. SherbrookeWith incredible elegance and insight, Leaving Coy's Hill strikes a perfect balance between historical setting and a rendering of the inner woman. I delighted in Lucy’s character, her quirks, ambition, loves, as well as her friendships…By jbadmin|
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Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

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Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. DanforthOkay, so a haunted girls boarding school set in Little Compton, Rhode Island... Plain Bad Heroines had me at hello. Emily Danforth has such a punchy and quick-witted use of language that there were always several layers of entertainment…By jbadmin|

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Books I’ve Blurbed

, Book ReviewsWith incredible elegance and insight, Leaving Coy’s Hill strikes a perfect balance between historical setting and a rendering of the inner woman… Read More

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, Book ReviewsElise Schiller’s Watermark is a poignant novel that gripped me from beginning to end. Masterfully structured and told… Read More

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In her literary debut, Deborah Goodrich Royce has given us the sort of thriller that wants to be devoured in one sitting. Written from… Read More

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Hard Cider is a fabulous novel about starting a business, taking on challenges, and building a family. The real treat was… Read More

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Reading My Mother’s Son is like opening up a time capsule and sifting among the treasures. 1952 Boston comes alive as… Read More