Genre: Fiction

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

  I first read The Red Tent for tenth grade English.  It was a curious choice, as the protagonist is a figure from the Bible, and I don’t think it is one most other schools teach.  Despite being assigned academic reading, The Red Tent stole 15-year-old me’s heart because it was an empowering story about women in a world I was familiar with… and in a world where I had been taught only the men truly mattered. In the years since, I have found different reasons to love this book as I’ve read and re-read it.  I love the idea of the […]

Posted November 8, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

  Much like Gone Girl and Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Lily and the Octopus was one of those books that everyone was reading for a while.  The title and description were just enough to get me vaguely interested and I added it to my TBR… but I wasn’t so invested that I jumped on board the hype train immediately. And you know what?  This book was good.  It was the perfect balance of funny and sad.  Also, the little summary does it no justice.  Lily and the Octopus is the story of a middle-aged gay man who discovers, one day, that his beloved dachshund has an […]

Posted November 6, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

  I think I may have added Saints and Misfits to my TBR on a whim just before it came out (two years ago) and then promptly forgot about it. … Until it popped up at the head of my TBR!  I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut lately – I’ve been reading and listening, but haven’t really been able to fully immerse myself in anything, even old favorites.  Little did I suspect that Saints and Misfits would pull me in so thoroughly! I would like to take this moment for the traditional aside – I am a white woman […]

Posted November 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

  I’m glad I read We Are Okay because it was a good-to-read book.  However, it’s not a memorable book. There are scenes, particularly at the beginning of this novel, that stood out to me aesthetically. Marin sitting in her desk chair at the top of her dorm building, staring out the window at the empty expanse below.  The pottery shop just as the storm was about to hit.  There are nuances in the writing that were quite good.  Generally speaking, I thought Nina LaCour’s writing style was good.  She kept the pacing very consistent, and the book was the right […]

Posted October 31, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

  I didn’t add this book to my TBR for the longest time. I dunno, it just didn’t seem like I would like it?  I finally put it on my TBR earlier this year, and I wasn’t in a rush to get to it, except that Dani from Perspective of a Writer reached out to do a buddy read, and this was one of the books she offered to choose from. So, I figured – eh, why not? As I turns out, I really appreciated I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.  There’s a lot going on in this book that […]

Posted October 29, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

  Eragon is one of those books I feel a strong connection to, because I read it over and over again in my youth.  I grew up with both Eragon and Eldest, even though I didn’t finish the cycle until I was an adult.  The story of the dragon rider and the evil king captured my imagination, as tales of good and evil are wont to do. There is a bittersweet sadness to coming back to a book I loved so much as a high schooler only to find it riddled with flaws.  I want so desperately to be in love with Eragon […]

Posted October 17, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //