Monthly Archive: August 2021

Blog Post Cultish

Review – Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell

“A cult is like porn, you know it when you see it”

But not everyone sees the tendrils of a cult at first glance and this is what makes Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism a good read – seeing how people get caught up in these groups. That and the fact that it widens the scope of cult to groups who use similar methods to engage their members and dominate their time and attention.

The narrator was engaging the topics discussed in such a way that it was like hanging out over coffee with a friend. Having a really good conversation with a topic that ran and ran eventually leading to a late lunch and then calling it quits only because you had dinner plans you couldn’t cancel. Enjoyable.

Book Review - Amari and the Night Brothers

Review – Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston 

Tucked within a YA adventure story full of magic and intrigue is a powerful message on being you. Holding onto your principles despite the cost, and hoping but not expecting that those with closed minds/ who write you off, will eventually see you for who you actually are, not what they’ve assumed.

Wonderful start to a new series by B.B Alston, read with feeling by Imani Parks. Enjoyed it immensely.

Book Review - The End of Men

Review – The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird

Outstanding, one of the best books I’ve read this year (2021).

Not because it’s about a pandemic to which I could relate but because of the characters who were amazing in their complexity and relatability. Each one, whether reoccurring or featuring once in the narrative, realistically brought the ramifications of this catastrophe eloquently to life. The narration was spot on.

Practically perfect.

Book Review - The Heart Principle

Review – The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

The Heart Principle illustrates all the reasons why I love Helen Hoang’s books. Because she has characters who are funny, interesting and diverse. They represent the real world in a convincing way. I believe that these two are finding their way to love together. It’s a beautiful story that will make you glad you’ve read it.

Book Review - Emily Noble

Review – Emily Noble’s Disgrace by Mary Paulson-Ellis

To die in your home and have no one notice your absence is particularly sad. This is the starting point for Emily Noble’s Disgrace by Mary Paulson-Ellis. The investigation into this death is the start of an intriguing mystery of the deceased and those looking into her death.

Book Review - Now What?

Review – Now What? by Brenda Faatz

Lizzy cry of “Now What?” must be the bane of her and her parent’s life. In Now What?, she’s always on the lookout for something new and interesting – not satisfied with an activity for long. Follow Lizzy on her adventures.

Book Review - The Upper World

Review – The Upper World by Femi Fadugba

This is a book with the focus on children. Yes they are technically teenagers, but who are held accountable as adults.  Children who are fulfilling adult obligations within their homes and on the streets.  Even at school there is only a cursory attempt to treat them as minors. Femi Fadugba takes these issues and more, and crafts a a book that crosses genres, it is fantasy, it is science fiction, yet it is poignantly contemporary.