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.
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.
Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott is a book that beautifully captures what it means to be a writer. It is a lot of frustration and feeling like you should just give up. It is also incredibly satisfying to craft stories and know this is exactly what you were meant to do. I turned to … Continue reading bird by bird review.
This is not a novel. Well, it is, but it would be better described as a collection of conversations. Outline by Rachel Cusk is a story of an English woman traveling to Greece to teach a writing course. Along the way she records every interaction she experiences from her neighbor on the plane to her … Continue reading outline review.
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride is a challenging read. Its structure is difficult to power through, almost entirely fragments/stream of consciousness, and forced me to re-read the majority of the book. It is a book filled with raw honesty about first-time love, but that seems to be the only true focus during the story. … Continue reading the lesser bohemians review.
Another year has come and gone. 2019 brought the beginning of this blog and only increased my passion for reading and writing. I'm grateful for the growth I've experienced this past year, and cannot wait to see what 2020 brings! In 2019: I read 27 books/audiobooks, wrote 34 blog posts, had viewers from 32 countries, … Continue reading 2019.
This story has easily become one of my favorite books of all time. That's how good it is. When I finally finished it, I was taken aback. I never wanted the world of The Secret History to end. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. Once again, I have fallen in … Continue reading the secret history review.