Book Review: Seeking Fortune Elsewhere by Sindya Bhanoo

Seeking Fortune Elsewhere - Sindya Bhanoo (Catapult, 2022) I read an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. On sale February 15, 2022. There are a variety of characters, settings, and difficulties at play in these short stories but they share more in common than they are different. Each explores an… Continue reading Book Review: Seeking Fortune Elsewhere by Sindya Bhanoo

Book Review: New From Here by Kelly Yang

New From Here - Kelly Yang (Simon & Schuster, 2022) I received an e-book Advance Reader's Copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. New From Here will be on sale March 1, 2022. When I read Kelly Yang's Front Desk, I… Continue reading Book Review: New From Here by Kelly Yang

Book Review: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

The Chosen and the Beautiful - Nghi Vo (Tordotcom, 2021) A re-telling of The Great Gatsby from the perspective of Jordan Baker. This alone, as a blurb for a book, got my attention. Then throw in a Jordan Baker who is also an Asian immigrant and I was definitely intrigued. The Chosen and the Beautiful… Continue reading Book Review: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

Book Review: Defenestrate by Renee Branum

I received an Advance e-copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Publication Date: January 25, 2022 I'm a sucker for any book that might be set in Prague so I was immediately intrigued by the title of this debut novel. To me, the word defenestrate brings to… Continue reading Book Review: Defenestrate by Renee Branum

Book Review: Starling by Kirsten Cram

Starling - Kirsten Cram (Highway Six, 2021) Starling is a novel of childhood. As I finished reading it, I was trying to put my finger on what other book it brought to mind until I realized the book I was thinking about was Bridge to Terebithia. While Starling isn't exactly a kids book (though I… Continue reading Book Review: Starling by Kirsten Cram

Book Review: Out of the Sun by Esi Edugyan

Out of the Sun - Esi Edugyan (Anansi, 2021) Esi Edugyan is best known for her award-winning fiction - Half Blood Blues and Washington Black - but in this non-fiction book she tackles the subjects of Race and Storytelling. The book is divided according to geographical areas as well as topics: Europe and the Art… Continue reading Book Review: Out of the Sun by Esi Edugyan

Best Translated Work: The 2021 Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Reading more work translated from other languages into English is a goal of mine every year. I never seem to read as many as I hope to but I'm determined to keep making an effort. Since I only speak and read one language, reading translations is the best way to access an entire other world… Continue reading Best Translated Work: The 2021 Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Book Review: Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch - Rivka Galchen (Harper Perennial, 2021) Katharina Kepler is an eccentric older widow. She lives in a small German village in the early 1600s. She is knowledgeable about herbs and natural healing and she isn't shy about letting her feelings be known. It is perhaps inevitable in this… Continue reading Book Review: Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Book Review: Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen L. Taylor

Little Pilgrim's Progress - Helen L. Taylor (Moody Publishers, 2021) Little Pilgrim's Progress is an illustrated adaptation of the classic story by John Bunyan. The famous tale tells of the journey of Christian, a man carrying a great burden, living in the city of Destruction. After meeting Evangelist, Christian begins his journey as a pilgrim… Continue reading Book Review: Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen L. Taylor