Book Review | July Just the Right Book! | Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett


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 | 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 […]

Review | The Paris Review 220 | Spring 2017


As I noted in a previous post, when I subscribed to the NYRB Book Club it came with a free subscription to The Paris Review. Though I’ve read stories from this rag in the past, I’ve never sat down and read an entire issue from soup to nuts. I was pleasantly surprised by the content. You can read […]

Book Review | Alibis: Eassays on Elsewhere by Andrew Aciman


I super loved Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere by Andrew Aciman when I started reading it. I’m talking about super love here! It is a collection of essays about his traveling but what I especially loved about the first few essays was the unique and totally relatable way he talked about the weirdness of time and the passing […]

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Recap


Y’all, I did it! I wasn’t ever planning to make it the entire 24 hours. My goal was to read from my start time at 7am until midnight. I ended up making it to 2am but I also took a two hour nap so that was a wash. I didn’t do a lot of planning […]

Book Review | I Hate Plot by Snakes


Yes, you read that right – the author of I Hate Plot does indeed go by the singular name Snakes. I read this during my free month of Kindle Unlimited and it was one of the delightful finds that I can’t imagine I would have otherwise stumbled across. The title caught my eye immediately because I’m generally a […]

Book Review | The Lifespan of a Fact by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal


Did I like The Lifespan of a Fact? That’s a hard question to answer and I’m scared if I do answer it Jim Fingal will come tear my words apart and show the inaccuracy in every tiny little opinion I have. What I can tell you is that I’ve never read anything even remotely like […]

A Hodge Podge of Book Reviews Part 2


How to Raise a Good Kid by Starbuck O’Dwyer 3/5 stars Despite how the title sounds, How to Raise a Good Kid  is not actually an instruction manual and is instead a series of essays about the author’s childhood. While I could relate to many of the stories, and some of them were quite humorous, […]

Book Review | Seriously . . . I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres


I’m not a big fan of audiobooks, but I can’t help but think that Seriously . . . I’m Kidding would be much better listened to than read. Her sense of humor just doesn’t translate particularly well to the page. I’m familiar with her cadence and the way she tells jokes so I was able to […]