Fall is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a hot drink – a crisp wind is outside rustling the leaves, but you’re warm and cozy on the couch. When I had the good fortune of winning an ARC copy of Sarah Perry’s Melmoth via a Goodreads giveaway in August, I was really excited to pick up this modern Gothic novel by an author who’s debut novel The Essex Serpent was received with critical acclaim.
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Hi, hello, it’s me! I’m back. I know, it’s been way too long. Looking back on reviews and posts I wrote in the spring, it feels like it’s been a decade! I’m excited to be back and I will hopefully not fall off the wagon any time soon. Unfortunately, the spring was not the right time in my life to start a book blog: I was apartment hunting and then had to move, and I was also job hunting and then had to start a new job! Sheer exhaustion was my norm, I was busy with getting settled, and I wasn’t reading much. Now that I’ve been at my job and in our place for around 6-7 months, I feel like I’m in a solid head space to write again. And guess what? I’ve definitely been reading this year! Definitely have some reviews forthcoming.
I’m a dedicated non-fiction reader. I might love a good novel, but no one has to put a gun to my head to force me to read non-fiction. Sometimes I even feel like picking up a dry academic work about an obscure topic, or a fascinating memoir, or analysis about current events. Essay anthologies!! Love em. Nevertheless, I decided that participating in Non-Fiction November would boost my reading goals for the year (I’m sorely behind) and get some awesome non-fiction works off my TBR that I’ve just been itching to pick up.
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Welcome to my first Black History Month/Blackout book review! I just finished Octavia E. Butlers’s Parable of the Sower and am excited to discuss it because oh man, this book is thought provoking.
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While this blog is mostly about books I’ve read to completion, sometimes you just need a nice DNF list. I don’t really have a rule of thumb about when and why I DNF a book, but it occasionally happens. Life is truly too short, y’all, and my TBR list is too long.
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Happy start of Black History Month here in the US! Other than more cozy winter reading, the ever-present smell of Valentine’s Day in the air, and my partner’s birthday, I’m particularly looking forward to fulfilling my commitment to read only Black authors this month. Continue reading “Black History Month/Blackout – February TBR”
So, if you know anything about me, you know that I’m a political junkie (and if you don’t know much about me, head over here). I can be perfectly content watching CSPAN and refreshing my Twitter feed than doing most other things. I also get excited about books (fiction & nonfiction alike) dealing with one of the issues I’m most passionate about – getting more women, young people, and progressives in office. In fact, I’m really hopeful about 2018.
Continue reading “Review: Run for Something by Amanda Litman”
I consider myself very lucky to have a BA degree in one of my favorite concepts – human rights. It was a privilege to spend my undergraduate career studying such a complex, inspiring, and ever-relevant subject. Really, the world needs more human rights expertise and more individuals dedicated to upholding them. One of the most fundamental ways that my human rights education impacted me was by introducing me to the “works” – all of the thought-provoking texts and books that formed the backbone of my degree (and boosted my passion for human rights defense).
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Welcome to the first book review posted on this blog! To kick things off, I’ve adapted one of my Goodreads reviews from last year into a slightly longer, more readable form. I’m preparing to write more reviews and I’m looking forward to what’s to come.
Continue reading “Review: A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes”
One of the other most exciting parts of the new year (aside from parsing down my shelves) is determining what, exactly, I’ll be reading this year. From new releases to old goodies to under-the-radar works I want to dig into, I have so many decisions to make – always keeping in mind I surely won’t be able to finish everything I want to. Oh, the horror!
Continue reading “2018 BookRiot Read Harder Challenge TBR & Recs”