Review | The NYRB Book Club August 2017 | In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes

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 Paris Review (four copies in […]

But is This the Best Book in the History of the World?

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 | Call Number | February 2017 | Piecing Me Together by Reneé Watson

Call Number is a “library-inspired monthly book box that celebrates contemporary Black literature and authors.” It costs $35.00 a month and includes one book and an assortment of bookish goodies. Perfect! Sign me up! Or don’t, because I’m already signed up! Check out all my Call Number reviews if you’d like. Once again, there were a […]

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 | An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie

I feel pretty confident that anyone who’s capable of experiencing joy would love An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie. As the title implies, it is the story of an African man who travels to Greenland. Until his travels begin, he lives a pretty sheltered life within an African village where the men have numerous wives […]

Book Review | Their Eyes Were Watching God by Nora Zeale Hurston

I’ve read a lot of books I really loved this year but I don’t know that I’ve read anything that’s blown me away quite the way Their Eyes Were Watching God did. I know I’m more than a little late to the party but I’m glad I showed up, tardy or not, because this book is […]

Book Review | Letting Go by Philip Roth

It’s not difficult to figure out why I love Letting Go. Philip Roth has long been my favorite author and this book takes place in both Iowa City and Chicago (the former I lived in previously, in the latter I currently reside) and allusions to classic literature abound. I also have a thing for first […]

Book Review | The Things They Carried By Tim O’Brien

The Things They Carried completely destroyed me. I am an easily affected person, but I don’t cry easily. In fact, I don’t think a book has ever made me cry before, but I can feel the tears coming just thinking about this book.  After (mostly) completing the Pulitzer challenge, I’ve read dozens of books about various […]