Welcome to Voracious Bookworms! This is a special place created for families that are raising advanced young readers. I write these book reviews for everyone, but at the end of each review, I always include a special note regarding the book’s appropriateness for younger readers. Feel free to ask me about a particular book; if I have read it, I will be happy to let you know what I think. To all voracious bookworms out there, let’s start reading!
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre
Oleg Gordievsky was the model of a perfect KGB officer. Born into a KGB family, he possessed a deep intellect and graduated from the “Russian Harvard”. But eventually he recognized the lies and tyranny of the Soviet regime for what they were, and as he worked his way up to the highest post in the KGB’s London station, he began acting as a double agent for MI6, the British intelligence service. With the Cold War reaching new heights, Gordievsky provided the British with information on Soviet spies, plots, and internal mechanisms…. (Continue reading)
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
At the age of thirty-six, just months away from finishing his years of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. In an instant, Kalanithi’s imagined future with his wife was gone, replaced by pain and uncertainty. Where he had been the doctor before, he was now the patient, struggling to live and find the path that had once been so clear. He had chosen to be a neurosurgeon with the belief that through his work, he could reach an understanding of identity, meaning, and death…. (Continue reading)
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
In the spring of 1708, a Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers anchored off the coast of Scotland and nearly succeeded in reclaiming the throne of England for exiled James Stewart. Bestselling author Carrie McClelland intends to use this historical event as the backdrop for her next novel. She rents a small cottage near Slains Castle in Scotland and begins to write, taking the name of one of her ancestors for her heroine. But as she weaves her story, she realizes that many of her ideas correspond perfectly to real historical records, leading her to suspect that her book may not be the fiction she thought it was…. (Continue reading)