Publisher: HarperCollins

Hunger by Roxane Gay

Hunger by Roxane Gay

I feel like rubbish when I don’t enjoy a book that everyone else loves. Okay.  So.  There is nothing fundamentally wrong with Hunger.  In fact, it’s a very raw, honest memoir about a topic that is so deeply personal.  The stories Roxane Gay shares are intense and difficult to read.  You’re not supposed to love this book, but you are supposed to respect and support it. I still didn’t like it.  And not in that “this makes me uncomfortable, so I dislike it” way.  It’s the writing style.  Roxane Gay tells her stories in such a way that unapologetically calls out the types […]

Posted August 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Before I go into details, I do want to say that I think Skulduggery Pleasant is one of those books I’m going to have to re-read in hard copy.  While the audiobook narration wasn’t strictly bad on this one, the voices didn’t really fit the characters in my head, and it wasn’t working for me the way I thought it could. I really enjoy this obscure little subgenre of “humorous fantasy books written by western European authors”.  Derek Landy’s style falls comfortably in with Jonathan Stroud, Douglas Addams, Eoin Colfer, and Terry Pratchett.  Also Christopher Moore (American).  Skulduggery Pleasant was a […]

Posted July 3, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

After reading Tiger Lily, I kept telling myself that I shouldn’t read this book.  I didn’t like Tiger Lily, even though most other people did… and it sort of put me off Jodi Lynn Anderson’s writing.  Still, Midnight at the Electric kept popping up.  A lot of other people were reading it… and I kept seeing that cover.  I love the cover.  So it made it to my TBR, and here we stand. Sometimes, it is good to ignore logic and go with your gut. I loved Midnight at the Electric.  This is a completely different story than Tiger Lily, showing a little more of […]

Posted February 7, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Where Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is this light, fluffy happy story of a boy falling in love, Leah on the Offbeat is a lot grittier.  Sure, Simon had it’s moments.  Goodness knows – it had Martin being a horrible person – but it’s all Oreo cookies compared to Leah. Before I go any further, I think it’s important to say – I genuinely liked this book.  I did!  But there are a lot of places that made me squirm and want to yell at Leah.  But I get Leah, and I think that made it even more uncomfortable for me. Some things to […]

Posted June 30, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is remarkably good at creepy-crawly stories.  He writes worlds that you are curious about, but perhaps don’t want to live in (but maybe you do, just a little).  I read The Graveyard Book last year and it was amazing.  In reaching for another of Gaiman’s childrens books, I was hoping for the same.  I know lots of people who love Coraline, and I wanted to be one of those people too.  However, with Neil Gaiman I tread carefully, because his books are very hit-or-miss for me. Coraline… was somewhere in the middle. There are moments in this book that really […]

Posted June 22, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Clariel by Garth Nix

Clariel by Garth Nix

Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks it’s best to keep a young lady “safe”, even if it means keeping her away from her hopes and dreams. I read Sabriel and the rest of the Old Kingdom stories when I was a wee youngling in high school, but I’ve been wanting to revisit this world for several years.  I even got my husband to read it, and I hadn’t managed to reread them yet.  I still haven’t.  But listening to Clariel brough everything right back.  And that’s how a good book does it.  Strong world building that sticks with you 13 years […]

Posted May 23, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //