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Hello, I’m Grace. I am a student at SUNY Geneseo and I plan to graduate in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. My goal is to work from home as a proofreader or editor after I cross the stage. Within the past year I began writing book reviews for the Mendon Public Library and I thoroughly enjoy it.


I have enjoyed reading ever since I could follow my mom around the house and read to her The Selfish Crocodile over and over again. Google says the book was published in 1998 which would have made me six years old. I enjoyed a lot of books as I grew up but off the top of my head some that I remember are: Tikki Tikko Tembo, Where the Wild Things Are, The Magic Tree House series, and all of Shel Silverstein’s books. I spent part of my middle school years buried in the Harry Potter series, of course. But my favorite books of all time are The Alchemist and Water for Elephants. For some reason I have never read The Great Gatsby but I bought it and plan to read it hopefully soon (review to come).


I am more than just a student and a bookworm, though. I married my best friend in 2014 and we now live in the town of Honeoye Falls. We spend more time together than apart and surprisingly never get sick of each other. My favorite hobby is working out and I am currently training to compete in my first figure competition this fall.


Thank you to everyone who reads my reviews and if anyone wants to let me know their opinion of a book I reviewed or wants to suggest a book I should read I can be reached at the following email:


-Grace Ventura-



    Neverwhere   The Enchanted

Gaiman’s strong imagination and writing ability is clearly demonstrated...


My eyes were glued to the pages. I was easily transported to the dungeon...

Out of the Box Awakening   Because of Bethlehem   A Single Shot
Getting an email with an offer for a free book download seems super exciting - until you start reading the book...


Right from the first couple sentences I was put in the mood for Christmas time...



Even in the calmer moments I was sucked in, anxiously waiting for what would happen next...

Heirlooms   In Between   Room

Goosebumps became a standard for me as I read through Hall’s stories. I am sure they will have the same effect on other readers as well...


In Between is a novel that I think is either loved by a reader or is a disappointment to a reader...


  I was curious how a book written from a little boy's point of vew could end, but the way Donoghue wrapped it all up was perfect...

Under a Silent Moon   The Shack   The Scorch Trials

Haynes did not skimp on any detail and really brought the chaos behind the scenes of a police investigation to life...



The last two chapters will make the reader’s jaw drop in disbelief and leave one with the urge to pray that the story was published in the wrong genre...

  Dashner's imagination continues to amaze me and I am trusting that he has a mind-blowing explanation for everything...

The Maze Runner   Maisie Dobbs   The Girl On the Train

The Maze Runner is an enticing story that leaves the reader wanting more at the end of every chapter...


Although the story has its problems, like World War I,

Maisie Dobbs was a breath of fresh air. Let me explain...

  The Girl On the Train had me hooked right from the get-go. Every chapter left me hanging and begging to know more...

Earth Bound   Go Set A Watchman   America the Beautiful

Earth Bound includes a large handful of characters, most of whom have had an extremely traumatic past, that live on a farm where they have safety and can work together to heal...


  The controversy around Go Set A Watchman is the fact that Atticus is a racist, but the story is set in the 50s and in the South, so if he was not a racist the story would have been too perfect...

  America the Beautiful, published in 2011, is one of many of Dr. Carson’s books. This book is very interesting because he wrote it before he was ever considering running for president...

That Old Black Magic   My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry   lsdfsd

The novel is set around Saint Patrick's Day in New Orleans and Piper Donovan has only just arrived when the strange Hoodoo killings begin...


Let me begin by suggesting that you go into reading [this] with a wide-open mind and to not give up on it within the first few chapters...


At first I felt unsure about the title,[...] but after reading through all the pages I could not think of a better way to label this unfortunate situation... 





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