The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
By:
Michelle Alexander
December 14, 2015
Reviewed by: Lindsay

It has been some time since I have read a book that made me think as critically as this one. If you are looking for a fun light-hearted read, look elsewhere. This is a teeth gnashing, gut wrenching, I’m mad and I’m not gonna take it anymore kind of book. Alexander starts her case back at beginning when the United States was still a handful of colonies, then progresses up to today’s current events, outlining the history and development of our current incarceration system.

Ready Player One
By:
Ernest Cline
November 18, 2015
Reviewed by: Lindsay

I have to say, after reading this book, I definitely think I leveled up (pun intended) my knowledge of everything 80's. Whether it is video games, music, movies, or television shows, if you feel any nostalgia for this time period this book will speak to you. Even if the 80's wasn’t your jam, this novel offers plenty of excitement with a solid SF/action adventure story, complete with evil corporations, a decaying planet, and an all-encompassing virtual reality…and did I mention the audio book is narrated by Wil Wheaton?

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
By:
Matthew Inman
October 16, 2015
Reviewed by: Lindsay

I was a fan of Inman’s work even before I read this book. If you are not familiar, check out his web comic The Oatmeal. I am not a runner, in fact I HATE running. However, as a fellow exerciseaholic I can truly relate to the story laid out is this book. Exercise is a great way to stay healthy, keep you in shape, and clear your head. There are some dark sides however, when what should be a fun activity becomes an obsessive monster.

Fortune's Pawn
By:
Rachel Bach
September 8, 2015
Reviewed by: Lindsay

Devi Morris is the kind of character I can get on board with. She's smart, tough, well-trained, and focused. She has her eyes on the prize and isn't afraid to go after it. At the same time she is still a woman and fully embraces that part of herself, lipstick and little black dresses included. Like many of my favorite science fiction books, Fortune's Pawn in a great combination of action, mystery, and romance. The characters are likeable and fun. It is a story that's easy to dive into and keeps you hooked from beginning to end…even if that end is an edge of your seat cliff hanger.

Slam!
By:
Walter Dean Myers
August 12, 2015
Reviewed by: Lindsay

His name is Greg Harris, but everybody calls him Slam, and Slam can hoop. When he’s on the court everything falls into place. He sees all the patterns. He knows all the right moves. However, off the court Slam is not as sure footed. Teachers are on him, his teammates don’t trust him, and his best friend may be getting into some bad stuff. Despite his struggles, Slam dreams big, and he refuses to let anyone get his game.

When to Rob a Bank
By:
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
July 21, 2015
Reviewed by: Lindsay

Freakonomics authors Levitt and Dubner are back, and this time they brought the internet with them. Drawing from material posted on their blog, the author’s have assembled their favorite posts and organized them into chapters based on a theme. Fans of Freakonomics can expect more of the writing style they have come to enjoy, while new readers can experience a sampling of stories and thought exercises ranging across the curiosity spectrum, like whether home teams really do have the advantage, or why don’t flight attendants receive tips?

Naruto. Vol. 1, The Tests of the Ninja
By:
Masashi Kishimoto
June 23, 2015
Reviewed by: Lindsay

Naruto is a trouble maker. A young ninja living in the village of Konohagakure, he is often pulling pranks and getting into trouble. He doesn’t have any friends and is ranked last in his class. But Naruto dreams of becoming the greatest ninja in his village and earning everyone’s respect. As you follow his story, you’ll find yourself rooting for him to succeed as he faces off against tough teachers, class rivals, and enemy ninja.

People I Want to Punch in the Throat
By:
Jen Mann
May 22, 2015
Reviewed by: Lindsay

If you have ever had this sentiment yourself, blogger Jen Mann’s collection of stories will be a humor filled read. Jen shares her experiences as a wife and mother in what can frequently be the vexing world of suburbia. Whether it is embarrassing tales of fuzzy pajamas, or tangling with Gucci clad PTO moms, you will find yourself nodding your head appreciatively.