Review | Book Riot Book Mail | April 2017


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 things for them won’t affect my honest appraisal of this box – […]

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: […]

Subscription Box Review: Book Riot Best of 2015 Box


Ahh! I was so excited to get my Best of 2015 box from Book Riot today! The box cost me $100 and was described thusly: Get 4 of the best books of 2015 and 3 awesome bookish goodies in this exclusive holiday box. (Does not contain any repeats from Book Riot’s Quarterly or Riot Read subscriptions. Total […]