The Birth of Venus

I love anything Italy related, and I've seen Botticelli's painting of The Birth of Venus. Since this Sarah Dunant book shares a title, I figured it had to be right up my alley.  The story takes place in the late 1400s in Florence. The Medicis have power, but the city is changing. Alessandra and her … Continue reading The Birth of Venus


The Animators

Some books have to grow on you, and for me, this was one of those. But in the end, I liked it. Kayla Rae Whitaker wrote about a topic I've never thought much about, but it worked.  Sharon and Mel meet in college. They're both visual arts majors, who have left their small towns to … Continue reading The Animators

Mystic River

If this title sounds familiar, you might have seen the movie.  It was adapted for the screen in 2003.  The book by Dennis Lehane is suspenseful and exciting, and keeps you guessing (especially if you don't already know whodunit from the film). Jimmy, Sean, Dave are childhood friends.  One day, when they were outside playing and … Continue reading Mystic River