The 2021 Top Ten

Last year, I opened the Top 10 with a comment about how much 2020 had sucked. Given that we are still grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, it did leave me with a lot of time on my hands in the early part of the year to devour books like a madman. So, much like last…

Give Me Your Hand

“The raw, ugly, mottled things you fear about yourself in your most private moments – what happens when someone says them aloud to you?  The feeling like your skin slipped from your body, showing everything, red and veined.” As teens, Kit and Diane were bonded by ambition; working hard to attain a scholarship offered by…

The Fever

“You spend a long time waiting for life to start – her past year or two filled with all these firsts, everything new and terrifying and significant – and then it does start and you realise it isn’t what you’d expected, or asked for.” The Fever follows Dennie Nash, a young girl caught up in…

Queenpin

Queenpin is the story of a young woman, who remains unnamed throughout, plucked from a two-bit nightclub where she’s cooking the books for a pair of half-wits and placed under the wing of the powerful Gloria Denton, a big player in the world of organized crime. Under Gloria, our narrator develops into a student of…

Top 5 Reads in 2016

Dark Matter This book absolutely blew me away.  Given that people were rather secretive on the overall plot by throwing out testimonials like, “Just read this, you won’t regret it”, how could I pass it up?  Keeping in the tradition of the aforementioned praise, I will continue to refrain from spoiling the events in Crouch’s…

You Will Know Me

Katie and Eric Knox are parents to Devon, a young, talented and ambitious gymnast with Olympic aspirations.  Devon has sacrificed her childhood in exchange for hard work and dedication to her craft while Eric and Katie have sacrificed their personal lives and finances to help Devon realize her full potential.  As Devon approaches the age…