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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!

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Less by Andrew Sean Greer

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You will laugh out loud at the references to turning fifty - since I’ve already hit that milestone. If you haven’t yet turned fifty, this book might terrify you. I was skeptical at first, but it’s a great narrative structure. I will miss Arthur Less.By jbadmin|
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The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

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I love Wolitzer’s observations, the way she describes people, relationships, and the stages of a life. I loved a book ostensibly about feminism where a young man portrays the truest feminist values. I was happy to stay with these characters for a long time and could have stayed…By jbadmin|
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A Hundred Small Lessons by Ashley Hay

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A very mystical style of writing with a mounting suspense that is very nuanced and carved into everyday actions.By jbadmin|
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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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Got to love the family sagas, four generations, the ties that bind!By jbadmin|
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The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

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Elegant and concisely written. Such a simple premise, so many truths. I’m a huge fan of Claire Messud.By jbadmin|

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Books I’ve Blurbed

, 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