Reader, Come Home: The Fate of the Reading Brain in a Digital World by Maryanne Wolf – Review

Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital WorldReader, Come Home: The Fate of the Reading Brain in a Digital World by Maryanne Wolf has an expected publication date of August 2018 by Harper Collins. From the author of Proust and the Squid, a lively, ambitious, and deeply informative epistolary book that considers the future of the reading brain and our capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection as we become increasingly dependent on digital technologies.

A decade ago, Maryanne Wolf’s Proust and the Squid revealed what we know about how the brain learns to read and how reading changes the way we think and feel. Since then, the ways we process written language have changed dramatically with many concerned about both their own changes and that of children. New research on the reading brain chronicles these changes in the brains of children and adults as they learn to read while immersed in a digitally dominated medium. Continue reading

Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert – Review

 

Finding YvonneFinding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert has an expected publication date of August 2018 by Little, Brown Books and is a young adult contemporary fiction novel. Since she was seven years old, Yvonne has had her trusted violin to keep her company, especially in those lonely days after her mother walked out on their family. But with graduation just around the corner, she is forced to face the hard truth that she just might not be good enough to attend a conservatory after high school.  Continue reading

The War Outside by Monica Hesse – Review

The War OutsideThe War Outside by Monica Hesse has an expected publication: September 25th, 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and is a young adult historical fiction novel. It’s 1944, and World War II is raging across Europe and the Pacific. The war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado–until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan. Continue reading

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle – Review

The Dinner ListThe Dinner List by Rebecca Serle has an expected publication date of September 2018 by Flatiron Books. At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends within her utterly captivating novel, THE DINNER LIST, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.
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Sons of Blackbird Mountain: Blackbird Mountain #1 by Joanne Bischof – Review

Sons of Blackbird Mountain (Blackbird Mountain, #1)Sons of Blackbird Mountain: Blackbird Mountain #1 by Joanne Bischof was published on July 3rd, 2018 by Thomas Nelson and is a historical romance novel. When Aven Norgaard leaves Norway to serve as housekeeper to her late husband’s cousins in Appalachia, she expects lads in need of care, not three grown men—each in need of a wife and bound by a powerful brotherhood. As the men carve out a living by brewing artisan liquor, young Haakon’s pursuit tempts Aven’s lonely spirit . . . but it is his deaf brother, Thor, whose silent strength shows her the depths of real love. Continue reading

Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously by Kelly Balarie

Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live VictoriouslyBattle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously by Kelly Balarie has a publication date of July 3rd, 2018 by Baker Books. We don’t know what’s coming tomorrow, and usually we live unprepared, just going through the motions of life and practicing a reactive rather than proactive faith. This means that when trouble inevitably comes, we find ourselves mired in disbelief, uncertainty, and doubt rather than ready to endure and triumph over trials. Who wants to live that way? In discouragement, fear, and defeat?
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Chrissy à la Carte by Genevieve Lerner – Review

Chrissy à la CarteChrissy à la Carte by Genevieve Lerner was published on May 8th, 2018. Chrissy’s life has completely fallen apart and if she doesn’t figure it out soon, she’ll definitely be homeless, broke, and a giant failure for the rest of her life. Probably.

A year after college graduation, Chrissy ends up where she hoped she would never find herself: back on her parents’ doorstep. She magically lands a job at the Netflix show “Let’s Cook! with Derrick Longjohns,” and prays it will be a one-way ticket to her dream culinary school. Continue reading