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 […]

Review | May Thrifty Books | The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri


I like the Thrifty Books box because it’s pretty darn affordable and it’s introduced me to some great books. I pre-paid for a year and it came out to just over $17 per box including shipping, which is on the lower end compared to other book boxes. You can read reviews of past Thrifty Books […]

Book Review | Queen of the Mosquitoes by Snakes


You may remember a previous post in which I reviewed and raved about I Hate Plot because it was fantastic and lovely and other good things. Well, a few months ago the author, who goes by the name of Snakes, sent me a note on Goodreads and asked if I’d be interested in reading her next […]

Book Review | The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle


The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, hurt me. It really hurt me. The kind of hurt where I was lying in bed at night reading it and my partner walked in to kiss me hello after coming home from a 12-hour shift in a 1,000 degree kitchen and I just batted him away without looking away […]

Book Review | Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys


Between Shades of Gray came to me in a box from LitKit, which, SO SADLY, is now defunct. When I first saw the book I thought, “Uhh…what are they doing to me?” which is a terrible thing because this book was published before that other book that has “shades” and “gray” in the title. I […]

Book Review | Their Eyes Were Watching God by Nora Zeale Hurston


I’ve read a lot of books I really loved this year but I don’t know that I’ve read anything that’s blown me away quite the way Their Eyes Were Watching God did. I know I’m more than a little late to the party but I’m glad I showed up, tardy or not, because this book is […]

Book Review | The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead


Guys. Guys! Listen, guys: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is going to win all the awards. I have not read a book this fucking good and powerful and chilling in . . . well, I imagine it was about 1998 when I read Night by Elie Wiesel, which I thought about often while reading this god damn […]

Book Review | Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker


Mary-Louise Parker came to Iowa City to promote this book and I didn’t even consider going to see her. I assumed this was a “celebrity book” and though I’ve enjoyed some “celebrity books” (most recently Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me) I didn’t have particularly high expectations for Dear Mr. You. I was not prepared by how deeply, […]

Book Review | Letting Go by Philip Roth


It’s not difficult to figure out why I love Letting Go. Philip Roth has long been my favorite author and this book takes place in both Iowa City and Chicago (the former I lived in previously, in the latter I currently reside) and allusions to classic literature abound. I also have a thing for first […]