Genre: Fiction

The Fever by Megan Abbott

The Fever by Megan Abbott

Posted November 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  My initial feelings about The Fever were pretty lukewarm.  While conceptually interesting, this book doesn’t get very good ratings on Goodreads and nobody has really been talking about it.  In short, the buzz about The Fever has been (if anything) that it’s just “fine”.  And after reading it, I agree. There are a lot of things that could have happened in this novel.  Megan Abbott is not a bad writer.  There was a minute when I thought this was going to end up a gruesome swamp-thing-esque horror novel and damn I was there for it because that would have been SO unique […]

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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Posted November 8, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

  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 […]

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Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Posted November 6, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  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 […]

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Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

Posted November 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  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 […]

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Posted October 31, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  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 […]

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