Historical Fiction

A Girl Is a Body of Water

My 11th Aspen Words Literary Prize 2021 longlist read! I actually have had an earlier novel by Makumbi, Kintu, on my TBR for years. Having read this one first, due to my personal longlist challenge, I have to say that I am blown away by Makumbi’s work and am now planning to pick that one… Continue reading A Girl Is a Body of Water

Non-Review Posts

My Book Blogging Journey: Year Four

Four years. Four! This is my fourth year of sharing my book reviews. And I still love it. Though I've also learned quite a bit as well, like, despite the fact that reviews get less interaction and interest than anything other posts, I still am here for that. I'll post a couple challenges and my… Continue reading My Book Blogging Journey: Year Four

Contemporary Literature · Short Stories

The Office of Historical Corrections

My 10th Aspen Words Literary Prize 2021 longlist read! I’m two thirds of the way there – maybe I will actually make it! Anyways, this one was amaze-balls. As per usual, here's a quick note with reactions for each story, and the closing novella of course, with some final thoughts to wrap it up. The… Continue reading The Office of Historical Corrections

Contemporary Literature · Historical Fiction

The Vanishing Half

I read The Mothers a few years ago and generally enjoyed and was impressed by the debut. Bennett did a wonderful job writing real, flawed, “regular people” characters in a genuine and interesting way. So, I definitely knew that I’d look into whatever she wrote next. And then The Vanishing Half came out this past… Continue reading The Vanishing Half

Contemporary Literature · Short Stories

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

I’ve seen literally nothing but rave reviews for this collection. Some major bookstagrammers who always have the inside track on great new releases, as well as some smaller ones whose recommendations I’ve come to just really trust will line up with my own appreciations. So naturally I added myself to the library waitlist for this… Continue reading The Secret Lives of Church Ladies