The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood “For The Handmaid’s Tale, the rule was that I wouldn’t put anything into it that people had not done at some time in some place. I brought them all together but each of the individual things had already been done by somebody at sometime,” -Margaret Atwood as I sat 8 feet from her at Book Riot Live And this is exactly what I've always loved about Atwood's work. So often it comes across to people as satire of a dystopia that we should be
The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo Our heroine, a snarky, sassy hot ass mess is the perfect narrator for a story about family secrets and how they can destroy and bring together. Her questionable life choices make her relatable (at least to me. Not sure what that says about me). Which gives this unreliable narrator some decent credibility. Books about the difficulty of families tend to be dark... but Mattie Wallace's voice lends a lightness and humor to the story
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton This was handed to me and described as being comparble to The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. I loved The Night Circus. And this, yet again, proves my point that we need to stop selling books as being like other books. Because I went into this book with seriously high expectations that, while not entirely dashed, were never quite satisfied. For a first novel, this was a lovely attempt and was an interesting read. But something just never
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran Strident feminist checking in! ::yanks off bra, throws away razors and smacks a man across the face:: Now, the fact that so many of you probably nodded your head when I said that proves to me that you NEED to read this book. On top of the fact that Moran takes you through some of the most controversial aspects of being a woman (her first period, her abortion experience)... the point of her book is that these things shouldn't be controversi
Beautiful Boy by David Sheff I'm a sucker for a good drug redemption story. It's why I loooooove me some Intervention (although how those people don't realize in Year Ten that it's not just an innocent documentary to chronicle their addiction, I'll never understand. Cocaine is a hell of a drug... or so I've heard!) So when I came across this book at my library's annual book sale, I knew I'd be leaving with it. Generally, I dislike books written in present tense. It usuall
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff This book. This book. This book. To begin with, the tulmultous waters on its cover are indictative of the chaos and insanity with which you'll be met once you open to its pages. This is when I'm a-okay with judging a book by it's cover. This cover is every bit as intriguing and unsettling as the story inside. The interesting thing about this book lies in the point-of-view of the main characters when it comes to each other. Usually, a person
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates The greatest and most transformative moments in Between the World and Me is when I found myself starting to say "Now, wait a second... I don't do that." THOSE are the moments every person who identifies as white needs to read. THOSE are the moments that make this book required reading when it comes to trying to teach people about the depth to which we've stripped black people of their humanity in this country. THIS is the book t
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg The most striking thing to me about this book was the quiet Clegg managed to write into the story. A tragedy such as a fatal house fire is something that could be easily written with a dramatic air and an eye towards sensationalization. The fire could easily become the central part of the story. But Clegg pushed past that to a sweet spot of silent anguish and redemption. The fire is a cataclysmic event that gets a small role in a st
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman While I don't work in the newspaper industry, I work for a newspaper mogul family a lot like that of Herr Huntzberger... and I work in a building that houses the paper I grew up reading. The presses no longer whir day and night, the conveyor belt isn't delivering the fresh ink and warm paper to paperboys that will get the latest news to the homes of our neighbors and families. But the newspaper still lives. Day and night, my coworkers con
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling After Uncle Tom's Cabin ripped my soul out, I needed something lighter. So I turned to a fellow chubby girl. Someone I could relate to with tales of spending a childhood with her nose stuck in a book and of being awkward in social situations.
There's not much I can say about this book. If you're looking for something self-deprecating that will also trigger your "FUCK YEAH!" response... this is it.