Category Archives: Literary Fiction

Beartown, the Series by Fredrik Backman – a Book(s) Review

Of all the literary voices currently on the scene, Backman’s may not be the loudest, but his is certainly one of the most powerful. He has this way of writing something that is extremely heavy but, typically, he does it … Continue reading

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Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt – a Book Review

When I decided to restart the blog, I couldn’t think of a better book to begin than a review for this gem. This was my favorite of my reads for 2022. It’s a debut novel from Shelby Van Pelt, and … Continue reading

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The Master by Colm Toibin – a Book Review

This novel is one I’ve had sitting on my shelf for many years. I picked it up at a used bookstore years ago because I liked the cover. I honestly didn’t have a clue what it was about. As with … Continue reading

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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – a Book Review

I have a lot of respect for this book. It’s wildly inventive, a truly unique blend of magical realism, historical fiction, and coming of age drama. The coming of age part is in a pretty roundabout way but I still … Continue reading

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Don’t Cry for Me by Daniel Black – a Book Review

Let me preface this review by stating that as a white heterosexual female, I’m not exactly the target audience for this book, but I still found it to be quite possibly the most powerful and illuminating read of the year. … Continue reading

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The Push by Ashley Audrain – a Book Review

I thought about posting merely a series of GIFs exhibiting various emotions as representative of my thoughts on this book. I guess I’ll give you a little bit more than that. But, for the record, my search for said GIFs … Continue reading

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – a Book Review

Let me start this review by stating I love what Madeline Miller does. There’s a relatively new push in the entertainment industry to take classic stories of good versus evil, hero versus villain, and add layers of complexity where there … Continue reading

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All’s Well by Mona Awad – a Book Review

I would say the power of a book lies in whether or not it delivers to a reader a simple story or a true reading experience. I’m not necessarily saying one or the other is a good or a bad … Continue reading

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett – a Book Review

Well, it’s positively shameful that my last review was posted in February. Frankly, I’m so far behind on reviews not sure how I will catch up, but my next few may be pretty short. I have still been reading, but … Continue reading

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – a Very Different Kind of Book Review

Every now and then, there’s a story behind the story. Fiction is a veil cast over a haunting reality. Many authors’ own lives were as intriguing and sometimes heartbreaking as the tales they wove into the tapestry of literary canon. … Continue reading

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