The Third Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Hello and welcome! This is the Third Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards. It's a literary award that I made up and means essentially nothing. I choose the categories and assign the winner. The winner receives nothing. As I said, essentially meaningless, but I have fun doing it and it's a way to look back… Continue reading The Third Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Book Review: Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Real Life - Brandon Taylor (Riverhead Books, 2020) Real Life takes place primarily over a single weekend in the life of Wallace, a grad student in the Midwest and a young, gay, Black man. He's an introvert and someone who always feels on the outside, no matter who he is with. Over the course of… Continue reading Book Review: Real Life by Brandon Taylor

What I Read – October 2020

Read: Mother Mother - Jessica O'Dwyer (Apprentice House Press, 2020) The Bird King - G. Willow Wilson (Grove Press, 2019) The Party Upstairs - Lee Conell (Penguin Press, 2020) Bunny - Mona Awad (Hamish Hamilton, 2019) It Would Be Night in Caracas - Karina Sainz Borgo (translated from the Spanish by Elizabeth Bryer) (HarperVia, 2019)… Continue reading What I Read – October 2020

What I Read – September 2020

Read: Family in Six Tones - Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao (Putnam, 2020) God in My Everything - Ken Shigematsu (Zondervan, 2013) Hamnet & Judith - Maggie O'Farrell (Knopf Canada, 2020) The Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead (Bond Street Books, 2020) The Apothecary - Maile Meloy (Puffin Books, 2011) How Much of These… Continue reading What I Read – September 2020

Book Review: Sisters by Daisy Johnson

Sisters - Daisy Johnson (Riverhead Books, 2020) I received an Advance Uncorrected Proof from the publisher. All opinions are my own. Book on-sale 25 August 2020. Daisy Johnson's writing is lush, beautiful, and unsettling. As in her previous novel (read my review of Everything Under here), Johnson plays with the line between reality and fantasy,… Continue reading Book Review: Sisters by Daisy Johnson

What I Read – July 2020

READ: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou (Ballantine Books, 2015) Me and White Supremacy - Layla F. Saad (Sourcebooks, 2020) Five Wives - Joan Thomas (Harper Collins Canada, 2019) Tokyo Ueno Station - Yu Miri (Riverhead Books, 2020) (translated from the Japanese by Morgan Giles) Children of Blood and Bone -… Continue reading What I Read – July 2020

Book Review: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett (Riverhead Books, 2020) I received an Advance Review Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This book is available for sale now. Having not yet read Brit Bennett's previous novel The Mothers, I wasn't sure if The Vanishing Half could live up to all the hype. I… Continue reading Book Review: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

What I Read – June 2020

READ: Drifts - Kate Zambreno (Riverhead Books, 2020) On the Beach - Nevil Shute (Vintage Books, 2009) Uncommon Ground - Timothy Keller & John Inazu (Nelson Books, 2020) Becoming Mrs. Lewis - Patti Callahan (Thomas Nelson, 2018) The Doctor of Aleppo - Dan Mayland (Blackstone Publishing, 2020) Etched in My Memory - xwu'p'a'lich Barbara Higgins… Continue reading What I Read – June 2020

Book Review: Drifts by Kate Zambreno

Drifts - Kate Zambreno (Riverhead Books, 2020) I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Drifts is on sale now. Drifts obviously wasn't written in 2020 but as I started reading it, it felt like it could have been about someone during our current global state of quarantine. There… Continue reading Book Review: Drifts by Kate Zambreno

Book Review: Shiner – Amy Jo Burns

Shiner - Amy Jo Burns (Riverhead Books, 2020) I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. It is on sale now. Wren Bird has lived her whole life on the same mountain, isolated from even the tiny mining town nearby. Her father is the local preacher, the snake handling,… Continue reading Book Review: Shiner – Amy Jo Burns