Genre: Contemporary

Aquarium by David Vann

Aquarium by David Vann

This book is at once extremely well-written, and extremely disturbing.  The characters are rounded and troubled and struggling with all the depths of their souls.  I deeply disliked listening to this book, but I just had to keep listening because I needed to see if something better came for Caitlin. I’m not going to tell you if something better came or not.  You’ll just have to read this book.  Content warnings:  sexual descriptions, child abuse (physical and emotional), underage sexual relationships, trauma, elder abuse (physical and mental), homophobia.  Even without having triggers from any of these things, this book was unbelievably […]

Posted July 17, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin was an incredibly difficult book to read. It’s a really short book, just over 200 pages, and every sentence is jam packed with reality.  Honestly?  It’s difficult to stomach.  It’s supposed to be.  Dear Martin is a book that makes you cringe because just about everyone in this book is racist.  And before I go too deep here, I’m going to step back and say that I am a white girl living in Massachusetts and I have no idea the struggles young black man go through, especially in the American South.  I am super privileged and I stand back and acknowledge […]

Posted July 10, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

I loved this book and I hated this book and literally nothing in between.  Rather than have a completely ranting review, I’m going to try and sandwich the good and the bad together so we end up with a towering sandwich of Scooby Doo fame. First of all, the book talk.  I loved all the conversation about books. There were phrases and sentiments I related to so thoroughly, I wanted to reach out and embrace Jenny Colgan for just getting it.  There was a moment where Nina reflected back on her childhood, and how her parents used to usher her out of the […]

Posted June 20, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I really, really, really enjoyed this book. To start off this review, I actually want to pause and shout out to the main narrator, Graham Halstead.  I rarely talk about the narrators in my reviews even though most of my reading is audiobooks.  That said, when one is either very good or very bad, I like to highlight it.  Graham Halstead is fantastic.  Aside from having just the right cadence and buttery tone to embody James Watson, I’ve never noticed a narrator pay attention to the detail in book about the voice.  At one point, Watson mentions when he’s angry, his accent […]

Posted May 26, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Solving for M by Jennifer Swender

Solving for M by Jennifer Swender

I’ve never seen a book quite like Solving for M, and frankly?  It was fantastic. Solving for M is a very specific type of story.  It’s about Mika, a fifth-grader nervous about going to a new school and being in different classes than her best friend.  The story starts with Mika in her new math class, and the teacher tells them to bring a “math journal”.  And then he eats a candle.  The story in itself is about change and adaptation and courage.  I didn’t expect this book to confront cancer, especially not in Mika’s immediate family.  So not only do […]

Posted May 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne

Frank Banning is a nine-year-old aficionado of 1940s musicals with an eccentric writer mother.  When Alice comes to stay and keep an eye on Mimi whole she writes her new book, Frank is apprehensive of this stranger in his home.  But with time, patience, and trust, the two become fast friends. While it is never expressly discussed in the book, it’s clear to me that Frank Banning is somewhere on the autism scale.  He’s a sweet child and extraordinarily smart, spouting facts at every turn and requiring reminders for certain social queues.  His mother is ill-equipped to help him survive […]

Posted May 6, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //