The Dinner ~ Herman Koch

Date Completed: 6/9/2016 Rating: 7/10 My goodness. Many of the reviews of this book claim that it is a European Gone Girl, but I would say it is so much darker than that. The premise is that of two Dutch brothers and their wives sitting down to a fancy meal. Each family has teenage boys, … Continue reading The Dinner ~ Herman Koch


The Great Gatsby ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Date Completed: 6/7/2016 Rating: 6/10 It's hard to put my finger on what makes The Great Gatsby so popular. Perhaps it is that it is an adult novel that appeals to youth and can be easily taught as a classic. Perhaps it's that it's quotable. There is, of course, the iconic passage from Daisy, "'All … Continue reading The Great Gatsby ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment ~ James Patterson

Date Completed: 5/19/2016 I recently decided to take a trip down memory lane and reread the Maximum Ride series as the final book was recently released. I read several of these in my youth, and remember enjoying them, but recalled hardly a detail. I invited my roommate down this rabbit hole with me, so I … Continue reading Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment ~ James Patterson

Whistling Vivaldi ~ Claude M. Steele

Date Completed: 5/30/2016 Rating: 8/10 This book approached stereotypes from a new perspective. With an advanced degree in psychology, Steele takes readers on a narrative tour of his research into identity threatens stereotype bias that provides insights into underperformance and general difference in outcomes based on identity. Steele challenges the American interest in treating each … Continue reading Whistling Vivaldi ~ Claude M. Steele