Author: Voracious Bookworms

13 Hours

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…

The Devotion of Suspect X

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…

The Devil in the White City

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…

City of Thieves

City of Thieves by David Benioff During the Nazi siege of Leningrad, Jewish Lev Beniov is arrested for looting a dead German’s body and thrown into prison, where he meets Kolya, a deserter with perfect Aryan looks.  Expecting to be executed, they are surprised to be met instead with a peculiar command from a powerful…

The Spy and the Traitor

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…

When Breath Becomes Air

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…

The Winter Sea

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. …

In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson Once again, Bill Bryson steps out the door and into his favorite activity – travel.  This time, it is Australia, where he will brave the scorching heat, the many miles of barren desert land, and, of course, the many ways one could die.  There are the spiders, the…

Skyward

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson Since Spensa was a child, she dreamed of becoming a pilot, a hero that defended her world from the Krell.  But she has been branded coward’s daughter since the day her father broke rank and fled from the enemy.  Her chances of becoming a pilot are almost zero.  And as Spensa…

Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate It is 1939, and twelve-year-old Rill Foss lives with her four younger siblings on the Arcadia, her family’s Mississippi River shantyboat.  For Rill, it is the perfect life – magical, free, and filled with adventures.  Until one night, when her father must rush her mother to the hospital,…