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!
13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff
13 Hours is the true story of the terrorist attack on the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound and the Annex, a nearby CIA station, in Benghazi, Libya. On September 11, 2012, a team of six American security operators fought for thirteen hours to drive away the attackers, risking everything to protect the Americans there. 13 Hours is the story as told by the operators themselves, replete with first-hand knowledge of the events and details that can be found nowhere else…. (Continue reading)
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
Yasuko Hanaoka, a divorced single mother, believes she has finally left her abusive ex-husband behind her. But one day he shows up at her door, and the situation quickly spirals out of control until he ends up dead on her apartment floor. Her neighbor, the genius math teacher Ishigami, quickly steps in and offers to help them establish an alibi on the condition that they must follow his instructions to the letter. After the discovery of a brutal murder, the Tokyo Police taps the detective Kusanagi to solve the case…. (Continue reading)
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
In 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago, an accomplishment that secured America’s place in the world. The Devil in the White City tells the story of the mastermind behind the fair, Daniel Burnham, and the many other architects that worked together to design it. Struggling with politics, unions, and a ridiculous time constraint among other things, they strove to create a fair that would exceed the expectations of all watching and also surpass the greatness of the 1889 world’s fair in Paris…. (Continue reading)