Contemporary Literature

The Reckless Oath We Made

My very first ever book that I posted a review of on this blog was Greenwood's novel All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. It was (is) a pretty controversial read, but it emotionally devastated me. And, as my first review, I really did not have the frame of reference or general practice in critically thinking about what… Continue reading The Reckless Oath We Made

Contemporary Literature

A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself

My 11th Aspen Words 2022 Longlist read. And it was such a short one! Which was an especially stark contrast considering that this was the first one I picked up after The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, which was the longest by far. This was also a jarring choice due to the content, in the context of the current legislative/judicial… Continue reading A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself

Contemporary Literature · Historical Fiction

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

My 10th Aspen Words 2022 Longlist read done! And the one that was most intimidating, size-wise. I had actually bought this one for myself a while ago, I think before the longlist was even announced, actually. But I waited til I could get the audiobook from the library to go with it, because I knew I… Continue reading The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

Contemporary Literature · Short Stories

How to Pronounce Knife

I loved the title of this collection from the moment I first read it. I remember, even as a native English speaker, not ever getting a clear explanation for words like knife (or pterodactyl!) and those ridiculously unnecessary silent letters. And then after studying multiple languages throughout college (including Arabic, Russian, Chinese and, of course,… Continue reading How to Pronounce Knife