September 21, 2022

Fiction Audiobook Review: The Forger’s Forgery

Overall, The Forger’s Forgery is an exciting, intriguing literary fiction novel that keeps a reasonably quick pace, as long as you’re not expecting an action or thriller. The characters are vivid and memorable (even after a couple month gap at one point, the characters were still extremely present for me, even if the plot needed reminders!).
September 7, 2022

The Making of Biblical Womanhood: A MockingOwl Review

The Making of Biblical Womanhood was a life-changing, life-affirming, ministry-restoring, joy-filling book for me to read.
September 6, 2022

Empire of Ice and Stone: A MockingOwl Review

From the visionary leader, flamboyant and irritating at times, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, to the grumbling crew who forged ahead despite the dangers, the losses, and the shipwrecks, you’ll be held captive as I was, by the retelling of their incredible tale of scientific exploration, survival, and personal courage.
September 2, 2022

Mona At Sea Review: Fiction Review

Elizabeth Gonzalez James’ modern debut novel, Mona at Sea, is the story of Millenial Mona Morales who has the misfortune of entering the workforce at the height of the 2008 economic crisis. She was top of her class, hard-working, focused, a perfectionist throughout her academic career. She was convinced it would pay off in her dream job and her dream life. Then….well, life happens.
September 2, 2022

A MockingOwl Roost Book Review: Bernice Runs Away

We’ve all had moments of wanting to run away. At age 81, Bernice actually does it. Bernice has had her fair share of struggles in life, but overall, has been fairly content with her life in small-town Arkansas, where she was born, raised, and plans to someday die. She receives a rude-awakening when her daughter Sarah decides for Bernice that it’s time to sell everything and move into Sarah’s backyard bungalow in Atlanta. So, she packs her car to the brim with her cat Dolly Parton, essential books, and heads out.
August 31, 2022

26.2 Life Lessons, Helping You Keep Pace with the Marathon of Life: Book Review

The book is a great choice for folks who have lives like mine: chaotic and busy, with aims of healthier life and running balance. It’s a short, breeze through book that’s about taking a running program with small goals each week to improve that balance and find your center.
August 29, 2022

Music Review: “Throwback” by Roy Shakked

The album has a mix of moods throughout as you can see, though most of the music lies closer to “chill” than high energy. The album does bounce a bit all over the place – you definitely won’t get bored with it as a whole!
August 24, 2022

Book Review: The Minister of Chance

I got caught up in the storytelling and let Kitty and the Minister lead me through a sleepless night until I finished the book. I pulled an all-nighter because I had to know the outcome of the story, even though I essentially knew the outcome of the story.
August 19, 2022

BR: The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip by Sara Brunsvold

Sara Brunsvold is establishing herself as a skilled storyteller in her debut novel. Her book pays tribute to an underappreciated group of people who altered the cultural course of America during the difficult post-Vietnam War-era while also being a call-to-arms for Christians; reminding Christians there are opportunities to share God’s love through every moment and every meeting.
August 18, 2022

Book Review: The Gold Persimmon

The Gold Persimmon by Lindsay Merbaum is riveting and surreal. At times, I found myself so caught up in the characters' actions that it actually took my breath away, and had me yelling at my Kindle. This book was not what I was expecting from its title.
August 15, 2022

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”: Music Review

A bright, upbeat rhythm drops you into this song by Paul Maged, a NYC-based singer/songwriter. “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” is an emotionally intent, funky song that buzzes with positivity and heart.
August 12, 2022

Hell Town -The Untold Story Of A Serial Killer On Cape Cod: A Book Review

The most startling portions of Hell Town are true. Let that sink in. I am not easily made nauseous by true crime, but this was brutal. Casey Sherman’s writing style, and description of the events are both brilliant, and nightmare-ish.