18 June 2021

I'll Be There for You by Kelsey Miller

I like Friends the way everyone likes Friends. I'm not a die hard, owns-several-t-shirts type of fan but I know most of the episodes, references, etc. and won't change the channel on a rerun. I got this book for Christmas and figured with the announcement of the reunion that recently aired that now would be a great time to dig in. 

11 June 2021

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

This is the first book I picked up based off a recommendation from Juliet Litman of The Ringer Podcast Network. Every so often she will mention a few books she is enjoying, and she mentioned The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. Reading, watching, or hearing anything about prison usually makes me extremely anxious, but I decided to give this one a go after seeing Jonathan Franzen praise it as Kushner's best book yet. I am also in a big fiction-only phase right now, so it seemed to fit with my current reading interest.

4 June 2021

2021 Summer Reading Guide

 What else do you have going on?

28 May 2021

Sea Glass by Anita Shreve

I'm down to only 3 Anita Shreve books left in her entire repertoire and I'm really hoping they're all a lot better than this one. I can't remember the last time I felt so bored by a story, and it has all the things I usually like! 

22 May 2021

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

I spent the last few months stockpiling book reviews so that I could finally tackle John Steinbeck's classic The Grapes of Wrath (~500 pages). My supervisor in grad school leant me her copy of East of Eden and it is easily now one of my favourite fiction books. I love Steinbeck's writing style (how simple it is) and the stories he wants to tell. The Grapes of Wrath quickly got added to my list of must-read-classics.

13 May 2021

The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels

I picked this book up years ago because I'd read Michaels' Fugitive Pieces in a lit class and loved it. This is her only other novel to date as she usually writes poetry and for whatever reason it's just sat around unread until now. I'm really glad to have finally read it but it wasn't the easiest or most enjoyable book I've ever read.

6 May 2021

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

I always try to start the new year reading a book I expect to love. I had seen Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation on so many bookstore shelves, and the cover is pretty eye catching (especially with the use of neon pink). I originally thought this was a memoir but quickly learned it was fiction. I read this quickly and immediately ordered another Moshfegh novel. My Year of Rest and Relaxation is 304 pages and I flew through it. It's about a young woman who decides she wants to sleep for an entire year.... this book is not about self-care.