Quick Take: A Selfie as Big as the Ritz

A Selfie as Big as the Ritz by Lara Williams Rating: 4 stars Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Summary: The women in Lara Williams’ debut story collection, A Selfie as Big as the Ritz, navigate the tumultuous interval between early twenties and middle age. In the title story,… Continue reading Quick Take: A Selfie as Big as the Ritz

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Quick Take: The Dark Forest

The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin Rating: 4 stars Summary: This is the second novel in "Remembrance of Earth’s Past", the near-future trilogy written by the China's multiple-award-winning science fiction author, Cixin Liu. In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion — four centuries in the future. The… Continue reading Quick Take: The Dark Forest

Nasty Women Chicago Author Panel

I was fortunate enough to go to the Nasty Women Author Panel in Chicago last night.  The event was sponsored by the Women and Children First book store and hosted at Wilson Abbey (you have to pass by Everybody's Coffee, which has the best Pumpkin Spice Latte I've tried this season). THIS EVENT WAS AMAZING!!  I am… Continue reading Nasty Women Chicago Author Panel

Buy a Whisker

Buy a Whisker by Sofie Ryan Rating: 4 stars After spending the previous 2 weeks reading about HRC's 2016 presidential campaign (then watching Trump f*ck even more things up) and Earth's potential destruction at the hands of an alien species, I needed something a bit lighter to focus on.  When in doubt, I always go… Continue reading Buy a Whisker

The Three Body Problem

The Three Body Problem by  Liu Cixin Rating: 5 stars I am still recovering from this awe-inspiring read after a week.  It's that good.  I am not normally a huge sci-fi fan, but this book was incredible.  I loved that it had the right amount of hard science mixed in with the alien plot.  Plus,… Continue reading The Three Body Problem

Books Read in September

Well, September was a better month for reading, but worse for my blog posts.  I have been unexpectedly away from internet/my laptop for an extended period, but will hopefully be back to a regular posting schedule soon.  Below are the books I finished last month: The Golden House by Salman Rushdie, Rating: x stars + review… Continue reading Books Read in September

What Happened

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton Rating: 4.5 stars  "It wasn't all yoga and breathing: I also drank my share of chardonnay." Same, Hillary. Same. What Happened?  That's something I've asked myself over and over since the election, and I still can't find a satisfying answer that doesn't make me lose hope in humanity.  This… Continue reading What Happened

Quick Take: This Savage Song

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab Rating: 5 stars Summary: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future… Continue reading Quick Take: This Savage Song

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Rating: 3 stars I wanted to love this book so much.  I loved Everything I Never Told You, and I did love Ng's writing in this one.  However, I couldn't get over what felt like an invalidation of adoptive parents.  I know Ng said in multiple interviews that we… Continue reading Little Fires Everywhere

The Golden House

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie Rating: 4.5 stars Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This is an ambitious work, a Gatsby-ish and gothic look at a great family's fall from grace.  Throughout the main plot Rushdie drops in major events from the mirroring decline of the last decade,… Continue reading The Golden House