I went into this book expecting a story about family and love, but oh man did I get so much more than that. Kindness that is nothing special is the rarest and most honest. Idaho, by Emily Ruskovich is a mystery novel that begins with the love story of Ann and Wade. They've built themselves … Continue reading Idaho review.
“Why did people ask "What is it about?" as if a novel had to be about only one thing.” The quote above is the ultimate summary of this book. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a multitude of things. Race, immigration, politics, relationships, a journey to America, a journey home to Nigeria, and a love … Continue reading americanah review.
Everything felt either rigidly compartmentalized or limitless. [First and foremost, thank you to Tin House Books for the Advanced Copy received through NetGalley.] This book is out July 7th, 2020! Natalie Bakopoulos is a master of nostalgic writing. Scorpionfish is a dreamy and engaging novel of time in between larger moments, and the relationships we … Continue reading scorpionfish review.
I spent a lot of time contemplating how to write this blog post. I've been stuck on being extremely worried about speaking out of turn, or offending people with differing views. Then I realized that's the whole point of this. By not speaking out, I'm not allowing change to happen. It starts with conversations, questions, … Continue reading white fragility review.
For so long I've been fighting my way toward what I imagine is light, but I'm beginning to wonder what's on the other side. I have been a fan of Stephanie Danler since I read her first novel, Sweetbitter, back in college. Her writing is electric. I was drawn to her style of storytelling that … Continue reading stray review.
I know what nothing means, and keep playing on. A book you may recognize if you watched season 2 of You: Play It As It Lays by THE Joan Didion is a masterpiece. It was a fairly quick read, but the content was heavy. The story is set in the 1960s and involves a lot … Continue reading play it as it lays review.
Nothing promises revival like a fairy tale. What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine was a completely refreshing read for me. I haven't read a fantasy/magical realism book in a long time. Either the Harry Potter series or the Inkworld series were the last fantasy stories I indulged in. I was probably in the 8th … Continue reading what should be wild review.
This book transported me back to my high school days, but not because of the subject matter. I spent a lot of time on SparkNotes trying to understand Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner. I ordered this novel on a whim. By whim I mean Stephanie Danler suggested it and said it contributed to the style … Continue reading absalom, absalom! review.
Lorrie Moore is an author I have seen pop up numerous times on recommendation lists. I know she has quite a few books out there, but I never got around to reading anything by her. Enter: library annual book sale. Back in February, pre-world madness, my neighborhood library held a massive book sale. Hardback books … Continue reading a gate at the stairs review.
There isn't much to say other than the world is hurting right now. Everything has been turned upside down and it feels like we're living in a fog. Whenever I have felt uncertainty or uneasiness, I turn to reading. My mind feels relief as I read and escape to some other reality. Don't get me … Continue reading the earth laughs in flowers.