Book Reviews, Recommendations

Favorite Reads of 2017

Once again, a year has come to an end, and we need to talk about the favorite books we've read! Out of the 75 books (21,882 pages) I read in the year of 2017, only three of the books were 5-star reads for me. Now it's already known that I do not give books 5-stars often,… Continue reading Favorite Reads of 2017

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4 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews

Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties By Carmen Maria Machado

★ ★ ★ ★ Her Body and Other Parties is a riveting 8-story collection that is a gritty, provocative debut. It's a fusion of magical realism, horror, supernatural and fantasy that focuses on women's lives and their bodies. In general, I am not fond of short story collections, but this is outstanding work. After each… Continue reading Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties By Carmen Maria Machado

3 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews

Book Review: The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

★ ★ ★ All across social media I read praise for The Blinds and seen it was a much-anticipated release, so when I had the opportunity to read it, I couldn't wait to get started. Set in a secret rural Texas town, Caesura, but better known as The Blinds, is populated by dangerous criminals and innocents who've… Continue reading Book Review: The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

2 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews

Book Review: White Bodies by Jane Robins

★ ★ White Bodies was genuinely creepy, but didn’t really reach the thriller factor for me. This was a novel that I couldn’t wait to dive into because the premise was promising, but it fell a bit flat. Between the writing style and the protagonist, Callie, I had difficulty getting engrossed into the story and… Continue reading Book Review: White Bodies by Jane Robins

4 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Recommendations

Book Review: Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

★ ★ ★ ★ A relatively short novel -- only 225 pages -- Six Stories is packed with a mighty punch; an original atmospheric story told in a series of six interviews by investigative journalist Scott King, as he attempts to discover the truth behind Tom Jeffries mysterious death at Scarclaw Fell twenty-years ago. Prior… Continue reading Book Review: Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

2 Star Reads, 3 Star Reads, Book Reviews, Sequential Art

Book Review: The Deaths of Henry King & Fütchi Perf

★ ★ ★ Without a doubt, this fulfilled my need for some dark humor in my life. It was just what I needed to help me get out of a book slump I was in for two weeks. The Deaths of Henry King by Brian Evenson, Jesse Ball, and illustrated by Lilli Carré. For me, this was… Continue reading Book Review: The Deaths of Henry King & Fütchi Perf

4 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews

Book Review: We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge

★ ★ ★ ★ We Love You, Charlie Freeman is Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut novel, originally published by Algonquin Books in March of 2016. A complex novel, Greenidge touches on history, race, family dynamics, science, and identity. Since I read this, I have not stopped thinking about it. A clever, poignant story that was compelling and… Continue reading Book Review: We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge

3 Star Reads, Book Reviews, Sequential Art

Book Review: Everything is Flammable by Gabrielle Bell

★ ★ ★ Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and often relatable, Everything is Flammable is a graphic memoir with raw storytelling, and simple art. After her mother's home is destroyed in a fire, Bell returns to her hometown in rural Northern California to help her mother get things in order and buy a new home. Spanning through one… Continue reading Book Review: Everything is Flammable by Gabrielle Bell

4 Star Reads, Book Reviews, Non Fiction

Book Review: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime by Ree Drummond

★ ★ ★ ★ My mother and I adore Ree Drummond; we watch her on the Food Network, check out her blog, and like numerous social media pages because she is a phenomenal cook, but also such a genuine, relatable person. This is the first Pioneer Woman cookbook that I own, so I was anticipating… Continue reading Book Review: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime by Ree Drummond

3 Star Reads, Book Reviews, Non Fiction

Book Review: Stirring Up Fun with Food by Sarah Michelle Gellar

★ ★ ★ As a longtime fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar from back in her Buffy the Vampire days, I was thrilled to receive a copy of her newest cookbook, Stirring Up Fun with Food, published by Grand Central Life & Style. I love her enthusiasm when it comes to being in the kitchen as… Continue reading Book Review: Stirring Up Fun with Food by Sarah Michelle Gellar