Normal People

I know I’m late to the party and y’all smarties read NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney waaaay back in 2018 but I’m here now and ready to join the horde of people cheering this book! NORMAL PEOPLE is an intimate view into the very complex relationship of Marianne and Connell. Sometimes lovers, sometimes friends, sometimes…

Such a Fun Age

SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid is so hot right now. I mean, come on, the brilliant Lena Waith snatched up the film rights before the book was even published! It’s a fast-paced read that tackles big, important issues and I totally devoured it! Y’all know me (#ProudSlowReader) so when I say I finished…

Ordinary Girls

Y’all all I can say is ORDINARY GIRLS is THAT book! Why am I not seeing it everywhere?! Don’t think for a second that I would let 2019 end without absolutely screaming about this powerhouse memoir! In case it’s not clear, y’all need to put down the book you’re currently reading and get into ORDINARY…

Nothing to See Here

Occasionally you come across a perfectly quirky little book that reminds you that sometimes reading is just meant to be FUN! For me, that was Kevin Wilson’s NOTHING TO SEE HERE. From the second I picked up the book I had a smile on my face (I mean, come on, check out the cover!) and…

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…