Author: Voracious Bookworms

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,…

The Operator

The Operator by Robert O’Neill In his New York Times bestseller The Operator, Robert O’Neill begins by briefly describing his childhood in his hometown of Butte, Montana.  He quickly moves on to his impulsive decision to join the SEALs and the grueling months of intense training required to qualify.  During his sixteen and a half…

Neither Here nor There

Neither Here nor There by Bill Bryson In 1972, Bill Bryson traveled across Europe with his notorious friend from A Walk in the Woods, Stephen Katz.  Twenty years later, he decided to retrace his steps, stopping by Paris, Rome, Vienna, and many other cities.  The result of this second trip is chronicled in Neither Here…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  There he is made the Tätowierer, tattooing numbers on his fellow prisoners’ arms day after day.  For almost three years, he witnesses the barbaric acts of the Nazis, uses his privileged position…

I Am David

I Am David by Anne Holm For as long as he can remember, the concentration camp in Eastern Europe has been twelve-year-old David’s only life.  He knows nothing about the outside world, but when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it and runs.  With the enemy around every corner, he struggles to…

New: For the Very Young

Hello, everyone!  Within the next few days, I will be publishing my first book review in a new section called “For the Very Young”.  As you may have noticed, most of the books I have reviewed so far may not be the best selections for very young readers.   For this reason, I have decided…

Adventures of a Young Naturalist

Adventures of a Young Naturalist by David Attenborough In 1954, David Attenborough was offered an opportunity to begin a new show for BBC called Zoo Quest.  He jumped on it.  He traveled the world, finding and capturing rare animals for the London Zoo and filming the whole expedition.  Adventures of a Young Naturalist recounts three…

Still Alice

Still Alice by Lisa Genova At age fifty, Alice Howland holds an enviable position as a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard, as well as an impressive reputation in linguistics.  She has led an incredibly successful life along with her husband and is the mother of three grown children.  But as her memory begins to deteriorate…

The Great Alone

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah When Ernt Allbright, Leni’s father, comes home from the Vietnam War as a former POW, he is barely recognizable as the man he once was.  In 1974, he makes an impulsive decision to move his family to Alaska, where they will harvest their own crops and hunt their own…