Author Archives: Rain City Reads

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | PIGS IN HEAVEN – BARBARA KINGSOLVER

  ***WARNING: Contains spoilers for The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver*** In the sequel to Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees, we catch up with a slightly more mature and settled Taylor, who is living with her musician boyfriend Jax and her adopted daughter Turtle, now six. But of course, things can’t stay calm and secure for long. As in the last book, the… Read more »

2017 READING CHALLENGE | THE POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE

  I’m very late to this particular party, and I don’t expect to complete the challenge this year – but it’s always good to have goals in life. Not to mention inspiration. So here’s the ones I did manage to complete: Are you participating in the PopSugar 2017 reading challenge? Which ones have you checked off your list? Do you… Read more »

2017 READING CHALLENGE | BOOK RIOT READ HARDER CHALLENGE

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge is one of the most diverse, eye-opening and fun annual reading challenges out there. They always manage to come up with prompts I never would have thought of, they cover a huge variety of themes and genres, and they make it so you feel like you’ve really accomplished something important if you check off even… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | THE BEAN TREES – BARBARA KINGSOLVER

   This isn’t the first time I’ve read this book, but it might as well have been. It was my first Kingsolver, read at the fervent recommendation of my mother. Over the years, the memory of the book’s specifics faded, but the general feeling that I had loved both the story and characters, and that it had earned a place… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | BEFORE WE WERE STRANGERS – RENEE CARLINO

  I’ve heard Renee Carlino’s name around for a while now, but never got around to any of her books. I went in with only a vaguely fuzzy idea of what the book was about, mostly because I was bored one day, and it was there. It’s the story of first love, loss and the unexpected turns life takes. We… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | BORN WEIRD – ANDREW KAUFMAN

  I thought this book was going to be quirky going into it, but I was still surprised. This is the story of the Weird family, five siblings whose lives have been overshadowed by unique character traits that have both protected and hamstringed them. We first meet Angie, who has been called to her grandmother’s sick bed. Annie Weird (Angie’s… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS I WOULDN’T MIND SANTA LEAVING UNDER MY TREE

Only four more sleeps until Christmas! I’m still hoping for a Christmas miracle snowfall, but failing that, I’ll settle for some lovely rectangular packages strewn under the tree with my name on them. Here are a few of the titles I wouldn’t mind finding beneath the wrapping paper (though, of course, there are many more!):               Illuminae – Amie… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS – ANN AGUIRRE

  I discovered Ann Aguirre via her Razorland Trilogy (Enclave, Outpost and Horde), which I started reading thanks to a tip from a fellow book lover on Twitter and ended up loving. So when this one came out, I just had to find out if her storytelling chops translate from fantasy to contemporary. Lucky for me, they do. Unlike the… Read more »