Book Review | House on Fire

I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction. But I do occasionally enjoy it, and Bonnie Kistler’s debut novel, House on Fire, caught my eye. It seemed like a great family drama. I was hoping for a new Celeste Ng, and that’s not exactly what I got. While I don’t regret giving this book a chance, it definitely […]

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Book Review | Talent

I have a problem. I cannot resist books about books or writers. Literary literary fiction always catches my eye, and Juliet Lapidos’s debut novel, Talent was no exception. Unfortunately, this book fell short of my expectations (which honestly weren’t that high to begin with). (All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.) Synopsis (From Goodreads) Anna Brisker […]

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Book Review | The Golden House

I feel like Salman Rushdie is one of those high-brow authors that is on almost every must-read list. So it’s been in my head for a while now that I need to read his books. And I did read one last year, or maybe the year before, and I didn’t love it. But I’m always […]

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Book Review | Beartown

Earlier this year, I read what is probably Fredrik Backman’s most well-known novel, A Man Called Ove, and it instantly became one of my favorite books. I already own another one of his books – My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry – which I haven’t gotten to yet, but, still, I jumped at the […]

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Book Review | All That’s Left to Tell

Today, I have a review Daniel Lowe’s debut novel, All That’s Left to Tell. It is a contemporary mystery that explores father-daughter relationships. I haven’t read many books centered around fathers and daughters, so I was definitely intrigued by this book. And while it ended up being completely different than I was expecting, I still think […]

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Book Review | The Animators

One of the genres I’ve been trying to read a bit more of is contemporary adult fiction. As I get older, I gain appreciation for literature about characters living and struggling and loving in the world I’m (at least somewhat) familiar with. I’d heard great reviews about The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker, so when I […]

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Book Review | Thanks a Lot, John LeClair

Johanna Parkhurst’s sophomore novel, Thanks a Lot, John LeClair, is not something I would typically pick up. When the book’s publicist reached out to me, I almost responded with a “no, thanks”, because I don’t usually like books that are really heavy on sports. But something about it spoke to me, and once I started reading it, […]

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