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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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The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

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The Days of Abandonment by Elena FerranteWow, The Days of Abandonment was well written with important things to say, but still pretty tough for me to read. As Olga navigates the dark days and weeks after her husband’s departure, the reader cringes and worries for the helpless…By jbadmin|
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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

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The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettI was aware of the general premise of The Vanishing Half before I began it, however the structure was unexpected and delightful. I really loved the multi generational component of this novel, the idea that decisions travel forward and backwards,…By jbadmin|
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Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel

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Musical Chairs by Amy PoeppelAmy Poeppel is my go to author for funny fresh read. Musical Chairs didn't disappoint in its laugh-out-loud smartness, its keen observation of family relationships - especially parenting adult children. Love all the musical references and boy did this…By jbadmin|
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We Came Here to Shine by Susie Orman Schnall

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We Came Here to Shine by Susie Orman SchnallLove this novel's well researched setting. The World's Fair, New York, burgeoning science and synchronized swimming. Max and Vivi are great characters, bold and ambitious. The book highlights the importance of female friendship in a…By jbadmin|
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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth RussellI am a sucker for anything to do with boarding school life, first of all. Second, this book kept showing up places which I took that as a sign it was meant to be my next read. From page one I was addicted and couldn't stop reading My Dark…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