Book Review: The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk

The Books of Jacob - Olga Tokarczuk (Riverhead Books, 2022) It is, I think, a testament to Olga Tokarczuk's writing that I undertook to read The Books of Jacob at all. I loved her novel Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead and she won the Nobel Prize for Literature shortly after I… Continue reading Book Review: The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk

Book Review: The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

The Sentence - Louise Erdrich (Harper, 2021) This book was so much more than I expected. I went into it knowing that it was set in a bookstore, that the bookstore was haunted by their most annoying customer, and that part of it was set during lockdown in 2020. All of that is present in… Continue reading Book Review: The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Book Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People - Sally Rooney (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2018) At this point, Sally Rooney probably needs no introduction. All three of her novels have been huge bestsellers and Normal People was turned into a mini-series. I'd sort of written her off as a young Millenial author and as an elder Millenial myself, I assumed… Continue reading Book Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Book Review: Astray by Emma Donoghue

Astray - Emma Donoghue (Back Bay Books, 2012) I've loved everything I've read by Emma Donoghue so it shouldn't be surprising that I also loved this short story collection. But I really was blown away. The Wonder showed me that Donoghue excels in historical fiction but I was still so impressed by what she manages… Continue reading Book Review: Astray by Emma Donoghue

Book Review: Bitter Orange Tree by Jokha Alharthi

Butter Orange Tree - Jokha Alharthi (Catapult, 2022) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Publication Date: 10 May 2022 Bitter Orange Tree is the follow-up novel to Jokha Alharthi's Man Book International Prize winning Celestial Bodies. While I haven't read Alharthi's previous work, I was familiar with… Continue reading Book Review: Bitter Orange Tree by Jokha Alharthi

Book Review: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo I bought this book for my children on the recommendation of Ann Patchett. In her most recent essay collection, These Precious Days, Patchett details her introduction to the work of DiCamillo and how she devoured her work, even though it is written for children and Patchett… Continue reading Book Review: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

What I Read – April 2022

READ: Women Talking - Miriam Toews (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018) The Pull of the Moon - Julie Paul (Brindle & Glass, 2014) The Books of Jacob - Olga Tokarczuk (Riverhead Books, 2022) (translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft) Darling Girl - Liz Michalski (Dutton Books, 2022) The Further Adventures of Miss Petitfour - Anne… Continue reading What I Read – April 2022

Book Review: Darling Girl by Liz Michalski

I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Publication date: 3 May 2022 Holly Darling is the granddaughter of Wendy - yes, that Wendy. Two generations removed from the famous tale, Holly has grown up in the shadow of her family's famous story. There… Continue reading Book Review: Darling Girl by Liz Michalski

Book Review: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This was a book that had been languishing on my shelf and my TBR for quite some time, forgotten by me. When I recently re-organized a bookshelf, I came across it and it struck me as perhaps a good book for me to read at this time. Over the past couple of years, our family… Continue reading Book Review: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Book Review: The Figgs by Ali Bryan

The Figgs - Ali Bryan (Freehand Books, 2018) The Figgs feels like a family you might really know. Your best friend's family or the family who lives down the straight. Bryan nails the dynamic of adult siblings and she creates a comfortable, often hilarious group of characters. June and Randy thought their retirement years would… Continue reading Book Review: The Figgs by Ali Bryan