Book Reviews | The Miniature Wife and Other Stories by Manuel Gonzales | American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis


As promised in my review of Book Riot’s April Book Mail Box, I’m here to review the books I received in that box. We’ll start with American Housewife by Helen Ellis, which happened to be the book I read first and the one I enjoyed the least. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it, […]

Review | Book Riot Book Mail | April 2017


UPDATE: The books discussed below have now been reviewed in another post. Book Riot’s Book Mail costs $60, comes every three months or so, and includes both books and bookish goodies. I should state here that I am a Book Riot contributor. That said, they are not my employer and the fact that I write some […]

Book Review | Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam


Hot damn, there’s a whole lot going on in Tanwi Nandini Islam’s Bright Lines, which I received in the now defunct Book Riot Quarterly Box. Most authors couldn’t handle this many plotlines and so many rich, interesting characters without confusing the reader or watering down parts of the story or turning the story into a 1,000+ page […]

Book Review | Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


I have very limited experience with graphic novels. The Barefoot Gen series should be required reading, and I loved one of and hated one of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novels. I think I read Maus once upon a time but I couldn’t tell you much about it.  And that’s pretty much it! I tell you this because my […]

Subscription Box Review | Indiespensable from Powell’s Books


I get a bad rap as an anti-pun gal but that’s not entirely accurate. I like words, I make my living manipulating them after all, and I like clever use of words. What I don’t like are puns for the sake of puns. Like, if the entire joke of a pun is that it’s a […]

Book Review | Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson


Damn was I relieved to read the Goodreads reviews of Welcome to Braggsville and discover that reasonably intelligent people found this as hard to read as I did. I received this book in the Book Riot Best of 2015 Box but it was already on my to-read list so I can’t even blame Book Riot for […]

Book Review | H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald


He felt it necessary to explain that his self-satisfaction was not egotism, but ‘actually a horrible surprise at being good at anything after having been so bad at living for 30 years.’ Is H is for Hawk a book about falconry? Sure, if you want it to be. But it’s about a lot more than that: […]