August 10, 2020

Thin Girls by Diana Clarke deals with some heavy, important subjects all at once: eating disorders, body image issues/body dysmorphia, toxic diet culture, social influencer culture, emotional/physical abuse, parental abandonment, rape, co-dependency, LGBTQI+ issues, and so on. 

Thin Girls tells the story of twins, Rose and Lily Winters, whose bond is so intense that they can literally taste each other's emotions; a lie tastes like citric acid, fear like ice. The narrative is from Rose's po...

May 31, 2020


The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tiny book that packs a big punch. Chih the cleric (they/them) and Almost Brilliant (a hoopoe bird) travel the country carefully collecting and cataloging stories and memories. Here, they listen to Rabbit, a former handmaiden of the royal court, recount the days and years she spent by the side of the now-dead Empress, who had been sent from her home in the north for a marriage of political alliance in the south, and then was quickly cast aside and exiled. As...

May 15, 2019

Look How Happy I'm Making You by Polly Rosenwaike features stories about women who want to be mothers, who reluctantly come into motherhood, who struggle with the identity of motherhood, who deal with post-partum depression, who never want(ed) to be mothers, who have lost mothers, who choose to terminate their motherhood. 

I have mixed feelings about this book of short stories on motherhood -- probably because I am on the cusp of motherhood myself, less than 3 months away from giving birth to a...

August 7, 2018

I'm honored to be part of the St. Martin's Press Star-Touched Stories Blog Tour, to celebrate Roshani Chokshi's newest addition to the Star-Touched world. If Roshani's name sounds familiar to regular blog visitors, that's because I reviewed her incredible debut, The Star-Touched Queen, two years ago, right here on the blog

Star-Touched Stories, which goes on sale TODAY (Aug. 7) features three fun, fantastical stories set in and around the Star-Touched world, including (from Goodreads):


 

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June 1, 2018

 I feel rather ambivalent about my reading of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Having read, and enjoyed, Ng’s debut novel Everything I Never Told You, and knowing this book has rave reviews on GoodReads, I was excited to start reading. 

In the genteel, placid, carefully-planned suburban neighborhood of Shaker Heights, Ohio, the Richardson family has staked their claim. Lifelong resident, Elena, grew up there, went to college for journalism, married, and returned to Shaker Heights as a loc...

May 29, 2018

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag is a short read that packs a punch. At once dealing with issues of class and feminism, there are many layers hidden between these 119 pages. This sparingly beautiful story gives us a glimpse into the lives of a six-member household in Bangalore, India, as their fortunes in the spice business take them, rather suddenly, from lower middle class, within one generation, to high society. Told from the point-of-view of an unnamed male narrator, we see how quickly and...

April 1, 2018

What do I really want? That's the question that the unnamed narrator of Chemistry by Weike Wang sets out to answer after she has a meltdown three years into her, yes, chemistry graduate program at a prestigious Boston university. Her long-term boyfriend, also a student and a scientist, wants to get married and live happily ever after, but how can she possibly get married when she can't even "science" anymore? Who is she outside of the lab, outside of her parents' demands and expectations of her...

January 2, 2018

Sing, Unburied, Sing is Jesmyn Ward's senior novel. While I've had her Hurricane Katrina-related Salvage the Bones on my to-read list for a long time, when this book debuted as a Book of the Month offering, I immediately chose it, mostly due to the high praise it has received from numerous outlets and respected reviewers. I usually avoid uber-hyped books, but find I often regret doing so, so into the story I dove.

This dark, gritty story takes place in southern Mississippi, and f...

January 1, 2018

 Happy 2018, dear readers! As many of you might have done, or may be doing, I am reflecting on my favorite reads of 2017:

Burial Rites
by Hannah Kent*
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara*

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini*

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman*

These were all stories that stuck with me, and kept me reading, despite a move to a new city and home, recovery from an intense surgery, cross-country and global travel, and near-constant university homework. 

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November 27, 2017

“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.”

There are some books that everyone - adults and children alike - should read. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY is one of those books.

I have always had a special place in my soul for stories from World War II. This probably stems from a very early reading of Corrie Ten Boom's The Hiding Place, and then later readings of The Diary of Anne Frank and Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief. I don't take pleasure...

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