2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist – UPDATE

And the winner is.... A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman (Jessica Cohen, Translation)!  I was hoping for Fever Dream because of how amazing disturbing it was (it gets better each time I think back on it), but now I have to add the winner to my TBR.  Sadly, I was unable to read… Continue reading 2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist – UPDATE

Books about lost artwork

As I mentioned in my post on The Shadow Land, I love books about lost, stolen, forgotten, or forged artwork.  Here are some of my favorites that somehow involve works of art, in no particular order. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith - A recently uncovered but possibly forged painting is key… Continue reading Books about lost artwork

Books Read in May

Ending the month with a summary of the books I read in May: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn.  Rating: 3.5 stars + review Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.  Rating: 4 stars + review The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley.  Rating: 4 stars + review Judas by Amos Oz.  Rating: 4 stars + review The… Continue reading Books Read in May

Feminist Non-fiction Recommendations

You may have noticed from other posts, but I love reading about feminism.  While fiction can provide a creative outlet to explore topics related to sexism in today's society, there are several excellent non-fiction works and essay collections that I read recently and want to share: The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley - 4… Continue reading Feminist Non-fiction Recommendations

Best Summer Reads

Now that we are already in May with the weather hopefully getting better (come on Chicago, it should not be 40 degrees in May), I thought I would post a list of my top picks for summer reading.  While I still read serious books this season, it's also a great excuse to reach for something lighter and… Continue reading Best Summer Reads

Books Read in April

Ending the month with a summary of the books I read in April: Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi.  Rating: 3.5 stars, review How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid. Rating: 3.5 stars Startup by Doree Shafrir. Rating: 4.5 stars, review The Futures by Anna Pitoniak. Rating: 3.5 stars A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin. Rating: 4.5… Continue reading Books Read in April

2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist

The 2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist was announced today.  This award honors fiction in English translation, and these six books made the cut.  One will be announced as the winner on June 14th: Compass by Mathias Enard A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors Judas… Continue reading 2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist


Ernest Hemingway is my favorite author.  I think The Sun Also Rises is incredible, and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “The Capital of the World” are two of the best short stories ever written.  The last line of “The Capital of the World” is probably one of the best ending lines in literature, for how it… Continue reading Hemingway

Worst Fictional Workplaces

After reading Startup and looking back over my past jobs, I started to think about all of the horrible workplaces I’ve read about in books.  I compiled a list of some of the worst ones below based on recent books I’ve read.  (The picture above shows Chomper, who already retired and moved to Florida.) TechScene,… Continue reading Worst Fictional Workplaces

Books Read in March

Thought I would end the month by posting a summary of the books I read: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit - Rating: 4 stars Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel - Rating: 4 stars Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes by Michael Sims - Rating: 3 stars Human Acts… Continue reading Books Read in March