BookCon Freebies!

This past June I had the chance to go to BookCon, an annual convention for writers, publishers, and book lovers all over the country. Now that I live in New York it feels there are events like this everywhere, and while ComicCon skews a little too nerdy for me, BookCon seemed right up my alley.Continue reading “BookCon Freebies!”

A Visit from the Goon Squad: Jennifer Egan

I was drawn in by the hype for this one. A Pulitzer Prize winning novel with the mass appeal of rock stars, drugs, warfare, and celebrity culture? How couldn’t I like this one? Multiple friends recommended it as well, and I found this copy for less than four dollars. There was no reason not toContinue reading “A Visit from the Goon Squad: Jennifer Egan”

The Buddha of Suburbia: Hanif Kureishi

A few weeks ago I joined a book discussion group on Discord, in hopes of hearing from fellow readers about books I normally wouldn’t have picked up. The first suggestion was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which I had already read some years ago. The second was this, The Buddha of Suburbia, the debut novelContinue reading “The Buddha of Suburbia: Hanif Kureishi”

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Jonathan Safran Foer

This one was another recommendation from my fiance, who read this book for a high school English class and remembers it fondly to this day. Yes, I realize there’s a movie as well. No, I haven’t seen it. I’ve heard it’s treacly bloated award bait, though it does have Tom Hanks, which is always aContinue reading “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Jonathan Safran Foer”

The Trumpet of the Swan: E.B. White (Childhood Favorites)

Like a lot of people, I read voraciously in childhood. My mom likes to say that I would read any cereal box in front of me, any newspaper ad. Still, there were some standout books from my early years that I cherish to this day. I thought I’d devote a handful of reviews to someContinue reading “The Trumpet of the Swan: E.B. White (Childhood Favorites)”

The Vegetarian: Han Kang

I’m usually good about saving money, but I do have a weakness: books. I try to buy used or sale books whenever possible, but every now and then I find myself unable to resist an attractive cover and intriguing premise. I passed by The Vegetarian for months and finally succumbed.  I have little experience withContinue reading “The Vegetarian: Han Kang”

One Hundred Years of Solitude: Gabriel García Márquez

This will not be an easy book to discuss. I considered waiting a few days to write this review, since I finished the book just yesterday afternoon. However, doing so would risk me losing the odd swirling feeling I’ve experienced for the last day and a half. I ask you all this: have you everContinue reading “One Hundred Years of Solitude: Gabriel García Márquez”

Londonstani: Gautam Malkani

I’ve reviewed a fair number of books that kept me interested for hundreds of pages, only to sputter out at the ending. Today, I found the opposite. Like many of my books, I found Londonstani at a used bookstore. I was intrigued by the cover, thinking at first that someone had drawn all over itContinue reading “Londonstani: Gautam Malkani”

The Night Circus: Erin Morgenstern

I like to call myself an aspiring fiction writer, although some days are better than others when it comes to productivity. My current project is an experiment in magical realism, and for research, I picked up a handful of books well-known in the genre. Along with Borges and Garcia Marquez, there was The Night Circus.Continue reading “The Night Circus: Erin Morgenstern”

Scott Pilgrim (Series): Bryan Lee O’Malley

My boyfriend and I rarely agree when it comes to art. He’s a computer nerd with a love for action movies, video games, and comics. I’ve always preferred books, music, and sports. We’ve found a few points of intersection over the years: Studio Ghibli films, Paul Simon albums, live theatre. Not much else. Recently IContinue reading “Scott Pilgrim (Series): Bryan Lee O’Malley”