Happiness by Aminatta Forna

This was one of those books that I enjoyed, but that felt somewhat vague. Reading it was more like experiencing the impression of a story, rather than the story itself. Sometimes it was beautiful and sometimes it was boring. I often struggle to summarize the plots of novels in my reviews: it seems important to... Continue Reading →

Point of Sighs by Melissa Scott

This book was a delightful surprise--not the fact that it was so good, but the fact that it exists. I read the first three books in Scott's delightful Astreiant series last summer, and assumed that would be it. Scott and her partner wrote the first two books way back in 1990s and early 2000s. After... Continue Reading →

What A (Couple) Week(s): April 16th-29th

As predicted, with spring slowly but surely making its way to the island, I've been neglecting blogging. Between turning over my new community garden plot, actually reading books, taking long dog walks, writing fiction, and work getting steadily busier every week, I've had a lot less time to devote to posting reviews. Updates are going... Continue Reading →

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

There is so much going on in this novel, and I've been putting off reviewing it because while I loved most of it, the ending drove me crazy, and I've been struggling with how to write about it. Simply put, this is a book about two British Muslim families and the various ways their lives... Continue Reading →

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

This is a hard book to classify--it's a memoir, but not a typical one. In seventeen linked essays, each one relating a near death experience, O'Farrell explores the inherent tension between life and death, the push and pull of mortality, the randomness, fragility and beauty of existing as creatures who die. It sounds vague and... Continue Reading →

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