Review | Books in the Quarterly Literary Box | Fierce Kingdoms by Gin Phillips


Awhile ago, I told y’all about the contents of this quarter’s Quarterly Literary Box, aka PageHabit and like 20 other names. You can read that post to learn more about the box and find other reviews of it and on and on. You can read this post to learn what I thought of the books. […]

Review | The NYRB Book Club July 2017 | The Violins of Saint-Jacques by Patrick Leigh Fermor


One of the bookish subscription boxes I’ll be reviewing this yeardoesn’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 Paris Review (four copies in […]

April 2017 Review | Just the Right Book! | Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner


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 | April Blue Spider’s Attic Book Subscription Box


The curator describes Blue Spider’s Attic as, “The magic of a used book store, delivered.” Except it’s actually even better because also, coffee! There are two different boxes available. First is The Attic Box by Blue Spider Press, which includes three second-hand books, a small package of coffee or tea, and several bookish items. This […]

March 2017 Review | Just the Right Book! | The Atomic Weight of Love


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 | Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi


I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted to like a book more than I wanted to like Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi but god damn did I not love this book. First of all, this is a novel that spans many decades and discusses several different Egyptian revolutions. The […]

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 | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


As many of you know, I started a project years ago to read all the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels. I managed to do so (and then took a shower to wash off all the white men goo all over me) and in an effort to keep up on that project, I read last year’s winner, All the […]

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 […]