Book Review: resilient by Katherine Turner

Have you ever started a book and been completely captivated from the very first page? Or even the first line? Have you ever started reading, and suddenly, you’ve read more than half the book in one sitting? I know it’s probably happened to many people from my generation. We grew up with the Harry Potter … Continue reading Book Review: resilient by Katherine Turner

Gone with the Wind, again

Trigger Warning: This post mentions, but does not describe, sexual assault and rape. This is a rarity for this blog. If you’ve been following The Pensive Bookworm for any length of time, you’ll recall that when I was last posting regularly, I was in the midst of working my way through the Amazon/Goodreads 100 Must-Read … Continue reading Gone with the Wind, again

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

In the year and a half I’ve run this blog, I’ve found that the more I love a book, the more I struggle to write the book review. That’s the case with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I finished this book on January 8, 2021, and I’m only just now writing this … Continue reading Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Audacity of Hope

It wasn’t just the struggles of these men and women that had moved me. Rather, it was their determination, their self-reliance, a relentless optimism in the face of hardship. It brought to mind a phrase that my pastor, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., had once used in a sermon.The audacity of hope.That was the best … Continue reading The Audacity of Hope

Lifetime Reading List: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

As I stated on my personal blog, Don’t Ask Liv, reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green has been quite the experience for me—and not for reasons that are altogether associated with the book. Last week, I posted “Dear Brutus,”, which explains why The Fault in Our Stars is difficult for me. I’m … Continue reading Lifetime Reading List: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Lifetime Reading List Review, Part 1 – 2020

When I started the Amazon/Goodreads 100 Must-Read Books in a Lifetime list in January of this year, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Skimming the titles, I recognized several, either because I’d already read them or they were the commonly-used books in films about high school or college—you know, the “coincidental” book the protagonist is … Continue reading Lifetime Reading List Review, Part 1 – 2020

Finding Annie by Katherine Turner

TW: mention of sexual assault/rape Earlier this year, I read Finding Annie by Katherine Turner, who is a friend and client. I had the privilege of working on Finding Annie in 2019, and reading it again for pleasure was a much different experience than reading it for work. I wrote the review below at the … Continue reading Finding Annie by Katherine Turner

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

As I said in September’s Lifetime Reading List post regarding Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, I’ve often had mixed opinions about this book. The primary villain—Lord Voldemort—only appears in name. If such a book were released today, I can already imagine the ways in which the Writing Community on Twitter … Continue reading Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Lifetime Reading List: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

As I’ve said before, anytime I re-read a Harry Potter book, I wonder what new aspect of the story I’ll enjoy. When I set out to re-read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban yet again, I was struck by the amount of emotion J.K. Rowling was able to evoke from me, particularly regarding Remus … Continue reading Lifetime Reading List: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Spotlight: Road Kill: The Duchess of Frisian Tun by Pete Adams

For the month of August, I was given the opportunity to read Road Kill: The Duchess of Frisian Tun by Pete Adams, courtesy of Damp Pebbles Book Tours. Even though this book wasn’t my personal favorite, I can think of a half-dozen friends who would love it; thus, I absolutely have to promote it here … Continue reading Spotlight: Road Kill: The Duchess of Frisian Tun by Pete Adams