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 →

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 →

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

This book has gotten so much buzz, touted all over the internet as an important feminist novel for the 21st century. (Well, I don't actually know if anyone said that. I just know that people talk about it as a relevant, contemporary feminist novel.) At its most basic, it follows three young people through college... Continue Reading →

Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith

I'm still trying to figure out how I felt about this novel. It's a quiet, understated read about grief, family, friendship, and romance. It opens with a death--a young policeman is shot and killed while on duty. The book than weaves a compelling story through three timelines and POVs: Evangeline, Eamon's husband, in the present... Continue Reading →

The Jumbies by Tracy Baptiste

Robin Miles is one of my favorite audiobook narrators of all time, and I'll pretty much listen to anything she narrates. I stumbled upon this delightful middle garden novel, inspired by Caribbean folklore, when searching for audiobook books under 5 hours (though this one is just over), and I was not disappointed. Eleven year old... Continue Reading →

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

This was another great find courtesy of my short audiobooks project. In this middle grade novel, a diverse community in a Cleveland neighborhood comes together to transform a vacant lot into a thriving community garden. The book is told in thirteen short chapters, each one from the perceptive of a different character. In many ways,... Continue Reading →

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

I got a bit too carried away with my library holds this year, requesting new releases. Usually I don't get around to reading books until years after they're published, and while it's fun to read new books while everyone's talking about them, I keep reading books that are less than amazing, just because they sounded... Continue Reading →

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