Category: Reviews

Missing the Hype Around Two Buzzy Books

Posted July 18, 2016 in Reviews / 16 Comments
Missing the Hype Around Two Buzzy Books

Sometimes, the blogosphere goes crazy over a book, and you read it and fall in love. But sometimes a book that garners tons of praise leaves you feeling underwhelmed. The second thing happened to me with two books in recent months. Tender by Belinda McKeon (Goodreads) Set in 1990s Dublin, Tender is told from the point of view of Catherine, a sheltered girl leaving home for the first time to attend university in the big city. She quickly develops an intense friendship […]

So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

Posted June 24, 2016 in Reviews / 8 Comments
So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

For four years, Melissa Broder has been tweeting funny but achingly sincere tidbits like, “I don’t feel at peace unless I’m torturing myself,” and, “the road to hell is you not texting me enough,” from the @sosadtoday Twitter account. Each tweet is an effort to connect, to entertain, and to score a tiny dopamine hit as the faves and retweets come rolling in — because her tweets are an effect of the very obsessions she is speaking about. In her book […]

Giant Love for Giant Days by John Allison and Whitney Cogar

Posted May 23, 2016 in Reviews / 13 Comments
Giant Love for Giant Days by John Allison and Whitney Cogar

I’m still a newbie to the comics game, but when I came across Giant Days, Vol. 1 at my job at the library, I couldn’t help reading the first few pages. And I was IMMEDIATELY hooked. I requested the first two volumes from the library and basically devoured them. Giant Days follows three students who recently started university and quickly became best friends: Goth, statuesque Esther, whose powers for stirring up drama are truly remarkable; snarky, cynical Susan, the trio’s […]

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone With The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

Posted May 18, 2016 in Reviews / 15 Comments
Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone With The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

  When I was a teenager, fantasy novels were my jam. I couldn’t re-read the Harry Potter series enough times, I was always anticipating the next Artemis Fowl book, and the Abhorsen series was a regular part of my rotation. And yet, as I transitioned to adult fiction, my interest in fantasy fell by the wayside. However, a few months ago, in the depths of the worst reading slump I’ve ever experienced, I decided to shake things up and try reading The Killing Moon, the first […]

Book Review: The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz

Posted May 10, 2016 in Reviews / 3 Comments
Book Review: The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz

Safely secluded from the Outside world by a massive stone wall, Calamity Leek and her 12 sisters spend their days tending roses in the Garden, embroidering petal-stuffed cushions, and learning the skills they will use when they are old enough to go to war against the demonmales. In the place of textbooks, their dedicated, deformed caregiver Aunty instructs them from her multi-volume Appendix, a document made up of a Showreel; beauty rituals; and bizarre myths about the sisters’ purpose, life Outside, […]

Screen and Page Pairings: Girls and Treasure Island!!!

Posted May 5, 2016 in Reviews / 12 Comments
Screen and Page Pairings: Girls and Treasure Island!!!

Nearly two years may have passed since I lamented the seeming lack of literary fiction centered around characters in their twenties, but I still feel that same frustration. My thirst for stories about people in my stage of life is slightly slaked by HBO’s Girls, which, despite its failings in representing only a very narrow, white, privileged version of Brooklyn millennial life, is one of the only shows I’ve seen that stars characters I relate too. (It’s a curse as much as […]

Four Favorite Fall Releases

Posted October 15, 2015 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Four Favorite Fall Releases

Although I’ve stepped back from reviewing new releases in the last few months, the fall books I have managed to read so far have been excellent! Here’s a quick look at four of my favorites: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson Publisher: Random House Release Date: August 18, 2015 Pages: 304 Source: Publisher Fresh off the heels of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Orphan Master’s Son, Anthony Johnson is back with an excellent short story collection. In “George Orwell Was a Friend […]

Audiobook Mini Reviews

Posted October 7, 2015 in Reviews / 17 Comments
Audiobook Mini Reviews

I have been in a pretty major blogging slump for the last few months, and the number of books I have read but neglected to review is frankly embarrassing. To close that gap a little bit, I’d like to share mini reviews of some of the fantastic audiobooks I’ve listened to lately! Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: The Penguin Press | Blackhouse Audio Pages / Hours: 292 pages | 10 hours, 1 minute Source: […]

In Which I Freak Out About the Harry Potter Parallels in Jane Eyre

Posted October 5, 2015 in Reviews / 19 Comments
In Which I Freak Out About the Harry Potter Parallels in Jane Eyre

In the 16 years since I first cracked open a Harry Potter book, I’ve seen the series compared to Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, The Bible, Star Wars, and numerous other cultural touchstones. As an avid Potter fan (with the tattoo to prove it), I thought I had a pretty good handle on J.K. Rowling’s influences. And yet, I recently read a classic to which Harry Potter has startlingly obvious parallels that I’ve never heard anyone talk about. (Even the Harry Potter Influences and […]

Five Inspirational Gems from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Posted September 22, 2015 in Reviews / 19 Comments
Five Inspirational Gems from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Love her or hate her, Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing has made her a household name — and in Big Magic: Creative Living Without Fear, she encourages her readers to embark on a life of curiosity, creativity, and passion. This doesn’t necessarily mean pursuing a life dedicated to the arts, though; “when I refer to “creative living,” I am speaking more broadly. I’m talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear,” she writes. Written in […]