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 | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


As many of you know, I started a project years ago to read all the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels. I managed to do so (and then took a shower to wash off all the white men goo all over me) and in an effort to keep up on that project, I read last year’s winner, All the […]

Book Review | The Son by Philipp Meyer


I read The Son because it was shortlisted for the Pulitzer and I’m doing that super-time-consuming-yet-fun-yet-frustrating Pulitzer winner vs. Shortlist thing in which I read the books that were shortlisted for the Pulitzer and decide if one of them is better than the winner. The Son was shortlisted in 2014 and I’ve now read both shortlisted books […]

Pulitzer vs. Short-List: 1991


Starting in 1980, the Pulitzer committee announced up to 3 short-listed books along with the winner of the award. I’ve read all the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels but am now going back to read the short-listed books to confirm or deny the committee’s final decision. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 1991: Rabbit at Rest by John Updike Read […]

Book Review | Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt


5/5 stars I’m glad everyone else in the world has already read this book, because it means I don’t have to immediately call everyone I know and force them to read it. This is truly one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to go […]

Book Review | In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow


In This Our Life is one of the last Pulitzers I had left to read. It’s taken me this long because the book is out of print and there aren’t a ton of copies available. Really, this is not surprising given how utterly boring the book is. There’s both a lot going on in the […]

Book Review | Dragon’s Teeth by Upton Sinclair


Dragon’s Teeth sucked me in from the first page and it was with great disappointment that it ended. The story is a fictional account of Hitler’s rise to power and Sinclair did an impressive job of depicting the utter disbelief of the world. People simply couldn’t believe the things they were hearing, because it didn’t […]

Book Review | The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor


Within a few pages of starting The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters I thought I was in for a treat. It immediately reminded me of a more humorous version of Lonesome Dove, which also won the Pulitzer and was also on a topic I didn’t think I cared about. The story was that of a father and son […]

Pulitzer vs. Short-List: 1980


Starting in 1980, the Pulitzer committee announced up to 3 short-listed books along with the winner of the award. I’ve decided to read all the short-listed books, and in some cases to re-read the Pulitzer, to see if I agree with their final decision. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 1980:The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer […]

Book Review | A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan


I’ve read all the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels and when each year’s selection is made, I look forward to sinking my teeth into it. This was certainly no exception – in fact my expectations were even higher than usual. It seemed that A Visit From the Goon Squad had made every summer reading list and it […]