Book Review: The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

For approximately two-thirds of The Other Black Girl, I felt like I was reading a smart, contemporary novel about young women in the workplace, modern publishing industries, and the issues that Black women deal with. Then, quite suddenly, the book turned into something far more nefarious and confusing. To the point that I had the… Continue reading Book Review: The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Fifth Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Hello and Welcome to the Fifth (yes, fifth!) Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards! This is my annual, very rigorous, very competitive, highly esteemed way of looking back at what I've read over the past year and rating it by a merit system known only to myself. Eligible books must have been read by me… Continue reading The Fifth Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

What I Read – November 2022

Read: Dandelion - Jamie Chai Yun Liew (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2022) Good Inside - Dr. Becky Kennedy (Harper Wave, 2022) A Room Made of Leaves - Kate Grenville (Text Publishing Company, 2021) Away - Amy Bloom (High Bridge Audio, 2007) Trinity, Trinity, Trinity - Erika Kobayashi (Astra House, 2022) (translated from Japanese by Brian Bergstrom)… Continue reading What I Read – November 2022

2022 Highlights: End of November and the Beginning of Advent

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. In the church calendar, the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day are a time of reflection and preparation. Not just the busy prep of the holidays - decoration, shopping, baking - though those are all good things, but a time set aside to contemplate what it means… Continue reading 2022 Highlights: End of November and the Beginning of Advent

Book Review: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Elizabeth Zott is a brilliant chemist. She should be excelling in her field, pursuing her research, widely respected by her colleagues. The problem is - Elizabeth is a woman in the early 1960s and at every turn she is hampered not exactly by her gender but by men who don't believe she can do more… Continue reading Book Review: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

2022 Highlights: Halloween, snow, and vaccinations

I am delighted to announce that as of this weekend, our whole family is vaccinated against Covid-19! Rose got her first dose on Saturday, along with her annual flu shot. I had registered her through the online system as soon as she turned 5 in September but after not hearing anything back, I went ahead… Continue reading 2022 Highlights: Halloween, snow, and vaccinations

(Audio) Book Review: Away by Amy Bloom

When Lillian Leyb's whole family is killed in a Russian pogrom - brutally slaughtered by their neighbours simply for being Jewish - she boards a ship to a new country and ends up in New York City, sharing a cramped apartment with a cousin and a rotating cast of other roommates. A job at a… Continue reading (Audio) Book Review: Away by Amy Bloom

What I Read – October 2022

Read: A Place for Us - Fatima Farheen Mirza (Random House Audio, 2018) The Daughter of Doctor Moreau - Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey, 2022) Chivalry - Neil Gaiman & Colleen Doran (Dark Horse Books, 2022) Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus (Doubleday Canada, 2022) Pallbearing - Michael Melgaard (Astoria, 2020) The Collected Short Stories of… Continue reading What I Read – October 2022

Book Review: Ghost Eaters: Clay McLeod Chapman

I received an Advance Readers' Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Erin has never been able to disentangle herself from her complicated relationship with Silas. Alternating between friends and lovers, even when she tries to draw a hard line boundary with him, nothing seems to stick. He is the leader of their… Continue reading Book Review: Ghost Eaters: Clay McLeod Chapman

(Audio) Book Review: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A family is brought together to celebrate a wedding. Rafiq and Layla are celebrating the wedding of their firstborn, their daughter Hadia, who is marrying for love unlike their own arranged marriage. Rafiq and Layla met only a few times before their marriage, when Layla left her home and moved to the United States to… Continue reading (Audio) Book Review: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza