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 | Lila by Marilynne Robinson

Before we get to my review Queen Robinson’s Lila, I have some other business to attend to. I wrote numerous more things for Book Riot that I forgot to tell you jokers about! A piece about moving in with my partner and the complications of blending our bookshelves. Blending Bookshelves: My Quest to Embrace Chaos Going on […]

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 | How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball

Lucia, the protagonist of Jesse Ball’s How to Set a Fire and Why, is such a lovely, complicated, aggravating, but ultimately endearing misfit of a teenager. She’s grieving, she’s lonely, she’s scared, she’s way more adult than she should be – but she’s still a kid at heart. Ball does an admirable job with the complications […]

Book Review | Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie

Reservation Blues is the first novel I’ve read by Sherman Alexie. I’d heard so many good things about him – and I don’t think a single negative word – that I went into this book assuming I’d love it. I didn’t. The story follows a series of reservation folks who want to start a band. There’s a lot […]

The Good House by Ann Leary

Hildy Good, the protagonist in The Good House, is an fake recovery. Once she was in real recovery – when her children sent her off to rehab she took it seriously for a while. Then she decided she could have a glass of wine once in a while if she wanted. Who would it hurt? Then […]

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy

I think there’s a very specific audience for Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America and unfortunately I’m not in that audience. The purpose of the book is to detail – and I do mean detail – a murder that takes place in Los Angeles. It was described to me as a “fast-paced narrative of […]

Book Review | Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes

The simplest way that I can describe Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes is that I was impressed by how much it accomplished and yet I didn’t like it at all. It’s a complicated thing, because a large part of the reason I didn’t like it was because the main character’s attitude, actions, and state of denial […]

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 […]