Reading Challenge Book #23, Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

“To Isis worshippers, Princess Selene and her twin brother Helios embody the divine celestial pair who will bring about a Golden Age. But when Selene’s parents are vanquished by Rome, her auspicious birth becomes a curse. Trapped in an empire that reviles her heritage and suspects her faith, the young … Continue reading

Being Happy With What You Have

Something that I really struggled with this year, more than my previous 22 years, was being envious or jealous of those around me. Whenever a friend or family member had it good, as much as I wanted to be happy for them, I couldn’t help but I wonder why I … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #20, The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Date started: August 10, 2012 Date finished: August 19, 2012 The Imperfectionists tells the stories of the employees of an English-language international newspaper based in Italy. My rating: 3/10 The title really does tell you all you need to know about this novel — it’s about a group of people … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #18, Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge

Date started: July 17, 2012 Date finished: July 24, 2012 Child of the Morning is a historical fiction novel about the life of Hatshepsut, the “forgotten female pharaoh” of Ancient Egypt. My rating: 9/10 I’ll admit that I am biased when it comes to novels about Ancient Egypt, but when the … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #17, The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler

Date started: July 8, 2012 Date finished: July 8, 2012 “Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, self-dependent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Unhesitatingly … Continue reading

Reading Challenge Book #16, Lamb by Christopher Moore

Date started: June 25, 2012 Date finished: July 6, 2012 “Everyone knows about the immaculate conception and the crucifixion. But what happened to Jesus between the manger and the Sermon on the Mount? In this hilarious and bold new novel, the acclaimed author Moore shares the greatest story never told: … Continue reading