Bookstagrams & Summertime

I'm officially finished with my second semester of library school, so to celebrate, my girlfriend and I went for a little vacation at a nearby lakeside town. We stayed at this bed & breakfast called the Allyn Mansion, which was possibly the coolest place I've ever spent the night (and I've spent the night in… Continue reading Bookstagrams & Summertime

Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

There are very few books that I would classify as "weird," but Miranda July's The First Bad Man is definitely one of them. My partner, to whom I read this book aloud, was over it by the time we were halfway through; it was too strange for her. I, on the other hand, found it… Continue reading Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Review: My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel

Scott Stossel is an anxious human. He is quite possibly the most anxious human I've ever had the good fortune of "meeting," if you can call it that. Scott has multiple, extreme phobias: in particular, vomiting, flying, and public speaking. He suffers terrible anxiety-induced digestive problems. He has had too many panic attacks to count.… Continue reading Review: My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel

Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

With All American Boys, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely have written a moving, timely story about police brutality toward young Black men in America. I listened to this book as an audiobook, and it was outstanding. This story is really two stories: the interconnected experiences of Rashad Butler, a sixteen-year-old Black boy who is beaten at a convenience… Continue reading Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys's Between Shades of Gray is a beautiful, emotionally draining book about the genocide of the Baltic people by the Soviet Union during World War II. I had never before read any books addressing this horrific aspect of the war; in fact, I'm not sure I even knew that this genocide had taken place. After being… Continue reading Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline's Ready Player One has been wildly popular as crossover science fiction--that is, science fiction that is enjoyed by both adults and young adults alike. Gamers and "nerds" who lived through the 1980s will appreciate the many (many) '80s pop culture and gaming references, and young adults will love the tech-savvy teenage protagonists and the novel's kids-against-the-establishment mentality.… Continue reading Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I read this book out loud to my girlfriend over the course of several months. The slow reading pace was nice, because the plot moves along at an easy pace. The novel is character-driven and hauntingly atmospheric; creepy, but not scary; heavy, but not depressing. In The Little Stranger, the upper class is in decline in post-WWII Britain.… Continue reading Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Review: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle

Lately I've been very interested in books about North Korea. It's a fascinating, secretive, and tragic country, and I've sought out books from a variety of perspectives: one by a defector, one by a Korean-American woman who taught high school English there, one by an American journalist. So when I read about Guy Delisle's Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, I was… Continue reading Review: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle

Review: Blankets by Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson's graphic novel Blankets caught my eye at the public library a few weeks ago. It was in the Staff Picks section, and it had a yellow, foot-shaped post-it note on the front. On the foot was a glowing handwritten review about how beautiful the story and illustrations of Blankets are. And a plus: the story is set… Continue reading Review: Blankets by Craig Thompson

Matilda Reviews: Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Genre: Memoir Published: 1996   I recently read and reviewed Gail Caldwell's Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship. It was about Caldwell's friendship with Caroline Knapp---the author of Drinking: A Love Story. Naturally, after that I had to read Caroline's book, so here we are ... and even though I loved it, I think I'll be taking a… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp