Book Subscription Diversity: Are You Surprised by the Stats Halfway Through the Year?


Well, I’ve made it halfway through the year! Rejoice! I set a goal to read 120 books this year and I’ve read 80, which puts me 21 ahead of schedule. I’ll take it! So far I’ve received books from 12 different subscription boxes. Editorial standards I’d like to see in major book reviewing / book […]

June Reading Times Recap


Goodness, how is June already over? That’s nuts! Tomorrow I’ll post a big ole halfway through the year / status of the project post but for today let’s look at what I read in June. Books read in June I finished 12 books in June, which is less than my average for the year and […]

Review Deep Vellum | June | The Golden Cockerel & Other Writings by Juan Rulfo


Deep Vellum is a non-profit publisher that primarily publishes works of translation. I purchased a ten-book subscription, e-book and paperback bundle. My total was $103, so they come out to about $10 for each book and I get both the e-book and paperback. They mail two books every two months. You can read my previous […]

Review | Brilliant Books | May 2017 | Wintering by Peter Geye


Hey, remember when I posted a few days ago about how Brilliant Books sent me a book I’d already read? Well, I contacted them as I promised I would and they were very lovely about it! A new book is on its way to me and they included a postage-paid envelope so I can send […]

Review | The NYRB Book Club May 2017 | The Farm in the Green Mountains by Alice Herdan-Zuckmayer and translated by Ida H. Washington


One of the bookish subscription boxes I’ll be reviewing this year doesn’t actually involve a box, so I guess it’s just a bookish subscription. I’m talking about the New York Review Books Book Club. The deal I signed up for included 12 books (one each month, you know) as well as a yearly subscription to The […]

Book Review | Brilliant Books June 2017 Pick | How to Start a Fire and Why by Jesse Bell


Brilliant Books, touted as “your long distance local bookstore,” is similar to Just the Right Book! You fill out a form, a real-life person picks out a book, and then they send it to you. I paid $185.00 for one year of paperback books, though there are other options. While you’re here, why not check out […]

Book Review | It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura from My Lit Box


The June box of My Lit Box came with a book plus a bonus book. Bonus! The first book was It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura. There were a lot of things that made me want to like this book. I don’t know that I’ve ever read an interracial g/g love story. I was […]

Book Review | May Just the Right Book! | Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta


Just the Right Book! is different than the other book subscriptions I’m reviewing this year in that a real life person actually picks a book out just for me – as opposed to picking out one book to go to all subscribers. There are numerous subscriptions to choose from. I choose a 12-month softcover subscription, which […]

Book Review | Call Number | May 2017 | And Then There Was Me by Sadeqa Johnson


The May book for Call Number was And Then There Was Me by Sadeqa Johnson. I posted about the May box in its entirety and now I’m gonna tell y’all about this book. Neat! For the first third of this book I was not particularly interested in it. It is the story of a woman and her […]

Review | Call Number | June 2017 | Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou


Call Number is a “library-inspired monthly book box that celebrates contemporary Black literature and authors.” It costs $35.00 a month and includes one book and an assortment of bookish goodies. Perfect! Sign me up! Or don’t, because I’m already signed up! Check out all my Call Number reviews if you’d like. *spoiler alert* The box this […]