Summer Reads Series, Pt. 1: Today Will Be Different

  After the emotional rollercoaster that was A Little Life, I felt a humorous palate cleanser was in perfect order. I was in Venice, California, and after numerous Google searches, a disheartening conversation with a salesgirl in Malibu that went something like, “bookstores? Umm, I don’t know, California doesn’t have that many. We have a…

My Thoughts on ‘A Little Life’

A Little Life has been on my list for almost two years now, when it was published to immediate acclaim. Having gotten 300 pages into The Goldfinch and abandoning it due to an inability to take even the remotest interest in the plotline, I was hesitant about this one. Also, as someone who both refuses…

Dispatches from the Present: Dissecting The Past and The Futures

  I haven’t exactly made my penchant for novels featuring crumbling British aristocratic families on this site a secret (see here and here…and here, and also that The Pursuit of Love, Sense & Sensibility, and Love in a Cold Climate are among my favorite books), so it should come as no surprise that one of…

Slow Burn: Katie Kitamura’s ‘A Separation’

     When Katie Kitamura’s novel, A Separation, was heralded as a “literary Gone Girl,” I purchased it without hesitation. Upon completion of the book, I feel it is my duty to inform future readers that this description is entirely inaccurate. Regardless, the book is worth a read. Different from Gone Girl in almost every…

Feb Fiction, Part I: All the Missing Girls

Image via Squarespace until I can find the book in my apartment and replace it with my own February—with its cold days, dark nights, and blustering winds—is not exactly a walk in the park. On a winter weekday evening, you’re not likely to head out for a happy hour with friends, let alone a workout…

You’re a Life Murderer. You Murder People’s Lives

…Sincerest apologies to those confused by my title, but if you haven’t seen Mean Girls, you’re definitely not going to care about this book, so I suggest you move along to my more serious reviews (Kazuo Ishiguro and Joan Didion, perhaps).                                    …

Need to While Away a Winter Weekend? Try a Cozy Mystery

  I had never heard the term “cozy mystery” until a few months back. I have made my love for mysteries fairly apparent on the site, but I always lumped them into one category. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that within the mystery genre sits a small, adorable category described by Wikipedia as:…

An Exploration of England with Kazuo Ishiguro

I can’t decide if I love Kazuo Ishiguro or not. Never Let Me Go had me captivated through its final pages and thinking about it beyond that, but I couldn’t even get through The Buried Giant. I just finished The Remains of the Day and I’m feeling somewhere in between about it. Granted, I read…

2016’s Finest: ‘The Nix’ by Nathan Hill

  I wrote yesterday about breaking out of a reading rut, and after devouring the 620-page behemoth The Nix in a matter of two days, I think I can safely say the curse has been lifted. The ultimate measure of a book’s quality is, in my opinion, when you get close to the end and…

The Mothers Will Break You Out of Your Reading Rut

It was just about this time last year that I wrote about Fates and Furies, a book I didn’t know anything about, which managed to blow me away. I read a lot of books, and, sadly enough, it’s become increasingly rare for books to take me by surprise in the way Fates and Furies did….

Fall Fiction Favorites, Part 2

Though it is about a month late, as promised, the second half of my Fall Fiction Favorites series has arrived. I always tell myself I’m going to post more regularly…and, as evidenced by the fact that it’s been nearly a month, I haven’t yet been successful. Here’s hoping that 2017 is actually the year of…