Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

I'd heard so many rave reviews of Amor Towles' second novel that I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. More than one person said it was the best book of the year for them. So it was perhaps inevitable that I would set myself up for disappointment. The book is certainly entertaining I… Continue reading Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Book Review: How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

This collection of short stories focuses primarily on adolescent girls. The stories are compelling and readable and not at all familiar with my experience of being a teenage girl. Which isn't to say that they don't ring true but by the time I got to the end of the collection, it felt like the intensity… Continue reading Book Review: How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Someone recommended this book to me and I was drawn in by the lovely cover and was excited to read this story based on Russian myth and lore. While it didn't match my high expectations, it was a readable and enjoyable story and a twist on a fairy tale that might not be familiar to… Continue reading Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I was inspired to re-read Agatha Christie's famous mystery novel And Then There Were None after reading FictionFan's book review. I'd read this short mystery story a couple of times before, years ago, but it had always stuck in my memory as one of the finest mystery novels I've read. Years ago, reading it for the first time,… Continue reading Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Book Review: Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

  I'll start off by saying that I almost gave up on this book halfway through. I'm glad I didn't but it isn't a long novel and it took me most of it to feel truly engaged. The story is divided between two characters and times. Yuki is a teenager in New York in the… Continue reading Book Review: Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Book Review: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

You know how, as you get older, you begin to realize that your family is maybe not so normal? That all the things they do that you thought were average, might actually be a little crazy? That's what's happening to Matty Telemachus. Sure, Matty's always known his family is unique. Not many families once travelled… Continue reading Book Review: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Book Review: 2 Short Story Collections

It's a bit unfair to lump these two story collections in together but I read them almost back to back and, a few weeks later, am struggling to differentiate them in my mind. A Manual for Cleaning Women and Collected Stories are collections of a life's worth of short stories by Lucia Berlin and Grace… Continue reading Book Review: 2 Short Story Collections

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

While Angie Thomas' first novel is being marketed as a young adult novel. I would greatly encourage all readers interested in modern America, racial issues, or violence among youth to read it. The book is probably most appropriate for older teen readers (15+) due to violence and some language. It's a fairly easy read but… Continue reading Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Book Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I've been sitting on this review for a while, pondering how I feel about A Little Life. Turns out, the longer I wait, the less I feel as though I really liked this novel. I heard several rave reviews of it before I started (including the cashier at Powells when I picked up a used… Continue reading Book Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Book Review: The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway

I'm a big fan of Ernest Hemingway (the writing more than the man himself but that's a topic for another time) and I've read most of his writing. While in Washington recently, I spotted a Hemingway book I'd never read in a secondhand bookshop and so brought it home. It turns out that The Garden… Continue reading Book Review: The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway