Book Review | Hunger by Roxane Gay from My Lit Box


The July box of My Lit Box included Hunger by Roxane Gay. As I mentioned in that post, this is a book I’d already started on my Kindle but was having hard time making a real dent it. This wasn’t because the book wasn’t engaging – in fact, the opposite was true. You guys, what I’m trying […]

July Reading Times Recap


Whew, July was such a busy month and August is going to be even busier. And then classes start again! There are some really great things about being a 37 year old in college, but some terrible things too. Like, the fact that I work full time and have a house to keep up and […]

Review | My Lit Box | July 2017 | Hunger by Roxane Gay


My Lit Box sends out a newly released book by an author of color on a monthly basis. Subscribers can choose to receive just the book for $17.00 or the full box plan for $25.00 which includes one or two quality bookish items. I got the full box because I love items! You can see my previous […]

Review | The NYRB Book Club June 2017 | Arabia Felix: The Danish Expedition of 1761-1767 by Thorkild Hansen and Translated by James McFarlane


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 […]

Book Subscription Diversity: Are You Surprised by the Stats Halfway Through the Year?


Well, I’ve made it halfway through the year! Rejoice! I set a goal to read 120 books this year and I’ve read 80, which puts me 21 ahead of schedule. I’ll take it! So far I’ve received books from 12 different subscription boxes. Editorial standards I’d like to see in major book reviewing / book […]

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 […]

Book Riot Recap | What I’ve Been Doing Elsewhere on the Internet


I haven’t published as much as I would have liked to in the last few months but I’m still plugging away at it. I have a few articles for Book Riot in draft form right now and hope to get them out by the end of the month. But until then, here’s what I’ve been […]

Review | Quarterly Literary Box | The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker


The Quarterly Literary Box is described thusly on their website: Receive three books a quarter, including a brand new release annotated by the author with hand-written notes, two more curated titles and delightful bookish goods—all delivered to your doorstep. Obviously I’m down with the idea of this box but I gotta start out by taking […]

New Plan for This Blog


Wow, book dorks, it’s been awhile, yeah? Four months is a long time for me to go without talkin’ about books over here but I’ve been over at Book Riot gabbing on, so there’s that. Sam and I are about to take off on an exciting trip to Paris and Rome, in celebration of his graduation […]

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 […]