Out of Salem

There are hundreds of YA books about magic, monsters, and teen angst so an author would need to do a lot to stand out in the already crowded field. Hal Schrieve does just that! Out of Salem blends classic monsters (NO VAMPIRES!) with LGBTQI characters. The pairing may seem odd but it truly does come together into…

Pachinko

Pachinko is an expansive novel! It covers 79 years, 4 generations of a family, 3 countries, numerous major world events and countless family tragedies and triumphs. Through telling the saga of one Korean family, Min Jin Lee presents the history of Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula and the experience of Koreans living in Japan…

Sing, Unburied, Sing

All hail the Queen Jesmyn Ward! Bow down book lovers! Sing, Unburied, Sing is a masterpiece, a tour-de-force of storytelling and powerful writing!! I know, I know, I’m late to the party. Everyone has already been celebrating this book for years but I’m here now and I can finally join the chorus of voices cheering…

The Song of Achilles

I picked up Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles somewhat hesitantly. It is a very buzzed about book, numerous reviewers and bloggers that I trust rave about it. But it’s a story I know so well. Like probably a lot of gay nerds, I went through an obsession with Greek classics and mythology (is there…

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

Let me just start by saying it is soooo refreshing to read a book about a young, gay man that is not focused on tragedy or self-hatred or shame or closed minded families!  Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is a celebration of gayness and gay sexuality, it’s a pride parade of a book! Jack, is a…

Born a Crime

When my Book Club selected Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, I was excited because I literally knew nothing about him besides the fact that he is the current host of The Daily Show (which I am a fan of but do not watch, if that makes sense?). Memoirs, especially celebrity/comedian memoirs, are not my…

The Haunting of Hill House

Happy Halloween, Ghoul Friends! It’s time to get spooky and ooky here at Booky Nooky! There is no better way to celebrate this horror of a holiday than reviewing the mother of all haunted house stories: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson!! OoOoOo (creepy ghost ooo). Let me be honest: I hate being scared. BUT, and it’s…

The Rule of One

In The Rule of One, Ashley and Leslie Saunders create a dystopian world that is sooooooo different from the United States I currently live in. Climate change has drastically affected the environment making the earth a difficult place to survive. The leaders of the USA promote an “us vs. them” narrative that even includes walls on…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

I’ll admit it, when I picked up Heather Morris’s The Tattooist of Auschwitz I thought to myself: “another Holocaust story, do we really need it?” There are already perfect books (Elie Wiesel’s Night) and Pulitzer Prize winners (Art Spiegelman’s Maus) and breathtaking movies (“Schindler’s List” “Life is Beautiful” “Bent”). But then I read the book and…

Less

The name on everybody’s lips is Less! It seems like everywhere I turn everyone is reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer. My friends, my family, people on the subway, all over the internet! People are totally Less obsessed. So obvi I needed to know what the buzz was all about. Honestly, I am not one…