Chasing the Scream
Chasing the Scream explains the history of drugs in America and some other European countries and shares personal stories to explain the ways in which the War on Drugs harms society and how addiction might be more about human connection than powerful drugs.

Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari


Bookshelf
Want to read more this year? I know many people who have set reading goals for this year, wanting to read a certain number of book. Others have just said they wanted to read more in general. I think the best way to meet the goal of reading more is to find some good books that are relatively easy to read and add those to your list of to-read books for the year.

Want to read more? 12 books that will make you ...


Artemis Fowl
“Let us proceed under the assumption that the fairy folk do exist, and that I am not a gibbering moron.”  Artemis Fowl is crafty, cunning and has his eyes set on criminal plots that will net him power and money. Artemis is only 12. Yet, with his mother grieving the […]

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer



Pax
“There is a disease that strikes foxes sometimes. It causes them to abandon their ways, to attack strangers. War is human sickness like this.” Shortly after his mother’s death, Peter finds a fox kit and takes it in to care for it, despite his father’s objections. “The boy” and his […]

Pax by Sara Pennypacker


The Waitress
The Waitress was a fun read, especially since Katie and Sukie are known for being rude to customers getting coffee at the café and that’s what the café is known for. The characters are interesting and the theme is finding the courage to follow your dreams.

The Waitress by Melissa Nathan


Search for God and Guinness
“It is testimony to the importance of beer in their story that the brewery was the first permanent building the Pilgrims constructed.” Looking at history through the role beer played reveals how important it was to many countries, including America. Beer was often the safe drink since it was boiled […]

The Search for God and Guinness by Stephen Mansfield



Bookshelf
I focused on reading several holiday books this month and tried to stay away from serious books. November felt very heavy with many great, but serious subjects in the books I read. I finished off the year reading 12 books in December.  Here’s what I read in December: The Christmas Box by […]

Sarah Anne’s Bookshelf – December 2018



Dead Wake
Cunard, who owned the Lusitania, not only set sail after being warned, but they also decided to load the ship with some weapons and ammunition without telling the passengers.

Dead Wake by Erik Larson



The Day The World Came to Town
“And given everything that was going wrong in the world, it was reassuring to see that right now, right here, in one small corner of the planet, something was going right.” Sept. 11, 2001, changed the entire world. For the people of Gander, Newfoundland, the day was a way to […]

The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, ...