Genre: Contemporary Women

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Posted December 18, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Kindred by Octavia Butler

Without any warning, Dana Franklin is thrust back through time and space. It’s 1976 and she’s settling into her new California apartment when she starts to feel dizzy. Her modern surroundings fade away and suddenly she’s in antebellum Maryland. She seems to be inextricably linked with Rufus Weylin, the young son of a plantation owner. […]

Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia

Posted December 5, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia

Eighteen-year-old Hattie Hoffmann has big dreams of leaving her rural Minnesota town for New York City and becoming a professional actress. Hours after her well-received performance as Lady Macbeth in a high school play, she goes missing. The next day her body is found in an abandoned barn. It turns out that her acting was […]

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Posted October 26, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Faithful by Alice Hoffman

A beautifully written coming-of-age tale about transformation, redemption, and learning to let go. When Shelby was seventeen, she was the driver in a car accident that put her best friend Helene in an irreversible coma. Helene is trapped inside herself and subjected to an endless stream of visitors convinced that she produces miracles. Shelby blames […]

Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

Posted October 15, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

“Why do you always have to think about the worst things?” “Because the worst things happen all the time.” A character-driven novel about the messiness of love and coping with loss. Sixteen-year-old Lucy runs away with her thirty-year-old English teacher, leaving only a vague note for her adoptive mother and older sister to find. They […]

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Posted September 16, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Eleven-year-old Anna O’ Donnell insists that she’s been living off the manna of heaven for the last four months and no longer needs food to survive. Her parents and community seem to blindly accept the claim. People travel from great distances for a chance to interact with this living miracle. To appease any skeptics, a committee hires […]

A Wife of Noble Character by Yvonne Georgina Puig

Posted August 2, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 2 Comments
A Wife of Noble Character by Yvonne Georgina Puig

This book was inspired by House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, which I haven’t read. As a lifelong resident of Southeast Texas, I was really interested in the Houston setting of this modern version. I enjoyed the writing, the sense of place, and the social commentary, but I wasn’t sold on the love story. The key to […]

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Posted May 12, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 2 Comments
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Bennets navigate modern life in this modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice. I feel like I have been using the words “heartbreaking” and “brutal” too much in my recent reviews, so this book was a nice break from darker topics. Eligible is a fun summer read! I’ve never read Pride & Prejudice, or even […]

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Posted April 12, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Sometimes I need a sweet little romantic comedy in my life! An adorable and heartwarming story about chance, choices, and fate. It’s sort of absurd, isn’t it? How we grab on to facts and consequences looking to blame or exonerate ourselves? … Nine billion choices I’ve made over the course of my life could have […]

When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker

Posted April 6, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker

Melodramatic at parts, but it has a lot of heart. It is a story about a family working through grief, centered around a mystery. I had a hard time putting it down! Natalie Richardson passed away after a year-long battle with cancer and her husband Luke is now faced with the daunting task of raising […]

The Longest Night by Andria Williams

Posted March 10, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Longest Night by Andria Williams

[Paul] It was a moment that had been in the making for a long time; it shouldn’t have been any more horrifying than the ones that had come before. The worst step had already been taken long ago. Engrossing domestic drama set in the time surrounding the USA’s only fatal nuclear accident. It was more […]