Review: Honor

WARNING: Here there be spoilers — Honor was a total shocker to me. I went to the local library on my lunch break to snoop around and left with this copy of Thrity Umrigar’s book. Then I read 40 pages at a restaurant while I devoured my meal, finished my work day, and drove straightContinue reading “Review: Honor”

Review: The Damage

Usually, when picking out my Book of the Month Club picks, I’m painstakingly thorough – I read Goodreads and Amazon reviews and read the synopsis of the BOTM page, then reread it again. When I read the blurb for The Damage, the premise piqued my interest and I knew that it would grab me, especiallyContinue reading “Review: The Damage”

Review: Verity

WARNING: Here there be spoilers — I have an unpopular opinion (I know, big surprise). I think Colleen Hoover is a miserable contemporary fiction writer. In fact, I’d go so far as to say she’s a pretty miserable writer in general. But Verity was different from the other four of her books I’ve read (thoseContinue reading “Review: Verity”

Review: Malibu Rising

I had fun with Malibu Rising. It was the first of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books that I read and is probably still my favorite (the other two I’ve read being The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six). Maybe it’s because I read this on a whirlwind trip to Panama CityContinue reading “Review: Malibu Rising”

Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

— The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is not really my usual type of read, but I was captivated by the cover, imagining how beautiful and romantic the story must be, and after reading review after review of it, I picked up my own copy (and a buddy-read copy for my best pal Edith). WeContinue reading “Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”

Review: Sankofa

This book was a lot of fun. It was a great story about a woman in search of her never-before-met father, who just so happened to be the former (and first) Prime Minister of Bamana, a tiny (fictional) African country. Anna, the protagonist, discovers her father’s journal among her mother’s things after her mother passes.Continue reading “Review: Sankofa”

Review: The Midnight Library

I am absolutely flabbergasted that this book is so ubiquitous. What do you all see in it? The writing was so flat, the characters even flatter. And the plotting! ‘Round and ’round in circles we went and where did we end up in the end? Exactly where we started. So many reviews of this bookContinue reading “Review: The Midnight Library”

Review: An American Marriage

I guess I just totally missed the point of this book. Was it about the unfairness of being black in America? Was it about the pointlessness of the institution of marriage? Was it about faithfulness, what it means to have fidelity? Was it about friendship? Fatherhood? Ambition? All I can say with absolute certainty isContinue reading “Review: An American Marriage”

Review: A Little Life

WARNING: Here there be spoilers — My god. What a story, what a telling. A Little Life follows four college friends and roommates – JB, Willem, Malcolm, and Jude – as they navigate their lives and relationships in New York City. The story centers on Jude St. Francis, whose tragic and mysterious past is unknownContinue reading “Review: A Little Life”

Review: We Are Not Like Them

This book was heartbreaking. It’s a wonderful concept for a novel, written by two friends, one white and one black. It’s told from the perspective of Riley and Jen, two lifelong friends whose lives have drifted in different directions. Riley is an ambitious black journalist in Philadelphia, and Jen is a white woman pregnant withContinue reading “Review: We Are Not Like Them”