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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December 13, 2016

Toni Morrison, born Chloe Anthony Wofford, has written over a dozen different fiction novels and over a half-dozen non-fiction novels in her lifetime, most notably: BelovedSong of SolomonThe Bluest Eye, and the book on which this review focuses, Sula. While Morrison focuses on the experience of the African-American community in general, the Nobel Committee noted that her novels “give life to an essential aspect of American reality.” ("The Nobel Prize in Literature 1993", 2014) Morrison herse...

July 14, 2015

Allie's big sister, Leah, is dead. She didn't die in a car accident or from some horrible, incurable disease. No, instead, Leah committed suicide by swallowing a deadly concoction of prescription pills mixed with alcohol. Allie's mad; not just because Leah's gone, but because she didn't take Allie with her. She didn't honor the Sister Pact.

Teen suicide, familial abuse, and excessive abuse of drugs and alcohol all come together to make The Sister Pact a crushingly emotional read. The story is t...

May 27, 2015

I just finished reading These Are the Moments and I knew I should put my thoughts down sooner rather than later, as if I wait, I may just decide not to write a review at all. In a nutshell, I feel rather ambivalent about this book. It was good in parts, in that I could relate to the idea of loving someone so much and that love eventually morphing into something not-so-loving-and-more-something-else, but overall, the book became rather boring and the dynamics between the various characters just w...

June 27, 2014

Disclaimer: I know the author, Kristin Rae, personally, and in fact, really like her. This girl is funny and genuine and super smart! So, it comes as no surprise that I really loved her debut YA novel, Wish You Were Italian. I am half-Italian myself, though I've never been to Italy, so it was a great adventure to travel through Italy with Pippa and "see" the Coliseum and "visit" Pompeii. 

If asked to describe Wish You Were Italian in a few words, I would say, "Fun, light-hearted, and a perfect...

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