Trust Exercise

What can I say about TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi that hasn’t already been said? This is one of the most polarizing books I have recently come across. Some people love it! I mean, come on, it just won the National Book Award for fiction. And then, I know a lot of people that hated…

The Memory Police

THE MEMORY POLICE by Yoko Ogawa is presented as a typical dystopian novel. The book jacket uses works like “Orwellian” and “terrors of state surveillance” but what unfolds over the story is very different than expected. On an unnamed island objects are systematically disappearing. People wake up to realize that photographs, hats, roses, or birds have…

The Revisioners

THE REVISIONERS by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is a very special book and all I can say is get out there and read it!! Set in 1855, 1924, and 2017, the multigenerational story features Ava, a single mother who moves in as a caretaker for her elderly white grandmother whose lingering racism intensifies as her dementia worsens. Also…

Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung

For anyone that enjoys mythology or the novels of Madeline Miller, WAKE, SIREN: OVID RESUNG is perfect for you! It provides a bold, new twist on the classics! The book is a retelling of the famous myths of Ovid’s Metamorphoses from the perspectives of the nymphs, demi-goddesses, seductresses, and she-monsters! Whereas Ovid’s women are passive…

Orpheus Girl

I am a sloooow reader so it means a lot when I say I finished ORPHEUS GIRL by Brynne Rebele-Henry in one sitting! This queer YA love story is painful and deeply saddening yet empowering and hopeful. A lot is crammed into this poetic novella! A reimagining of the Orpheus myth, the story follows teenagers Raya…

The Need

Long listed for the 2019 National Book Award, THE NEED by Helen Phillips starts out as a standard home-invasion/domestic horror thriller but quickly takes a strange turn into the speculative fiction/sci-fi realm! While her husband is traveling for business, Molly – an paleobotanist and mother of 2 young children – finds herself confronted by an…

Pigs

PIGS takes place on an island on which all the Earth’s trash washes ashore. Four children must collect the trash (plastic, uneaten food, nuclear waste, unwanted advise, ect.) and feed it to six monstrous pigs. This cycle has seemingly been going on forever. Oh yeah, on the island there are also adults whose sole purpose seems to be just to torment…

Severance

I feel like I am super late to the party on reading SEVERANCE by Ling Ma, but better late than never especially when the book is this good! It’s a fresh take on the post-apocalyptic storyline and would def be enjoyed by those who love the genre and those who don’t! The story centers on…

Miracle Creek

I’ve been seeing so many rave reviews for Angie Kim’s debut novel MIRACLE CREEK that I just had to see for myself what the buzz was all about! The story begins with a deadly explosion at a hyperbaric oxygen therapy (aka HBOT) chamber. HBOT is a very real treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in…

The Saturday Night Ghost Club

I’m a total sucker for coming-of-age stories, especially ones set in the 1980s: there is just something about the nostalgia that gets me every time! THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB by Craig Davidson follows Jake in the magical time in a boy’s life: he is twelve, its summer break and everything feels possible. Led by…