I Couldn’t Get Into It: Alice Munro’s Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (2017 Reading Book #91)

I don’t read a lot of short story collections. I would like to read more, but I tend to go for novels instead of short stories. I had hoped that Munro’s collection would get me more into short stories as she is such a lauded author. However, I just couldn’t get … Continue reading

Snobbery & Essays: Meghan Daum’s My Misspent Youth (2017 Reading Book #90)

This was a great book to pick up the week before I head to NYC for a summer graduate course about magazine and book publishing. Daum has experience in this realm and they figure prominently in many of her essays. The essays cover a wide variety of topics, which is really … Continue reading

Insight Into the Native American Experience: Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas (2017 Reading Book #89)

One perspective I’ve realized I don’t read a lot of is the Native American perspective. I also only tend to read poetry by Native Americans. It’s something I hope to work on, and this poetry collection was a great reminder of the importance of their experiences and stories. I really … Continue reading

Growing Up Girl: Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn (2017 Reading Book #88)

This was a really quick and immersive read for me. I loved sinking into the lives of these girls in Brooklyn and watching them grow up and grow apart. Woodson’s lyrical narrative voice is an absolute delight and it makes for easy reading. You could finish it within a weekend. … Continue reading

Climbing That Empathy Wall into a Louisiana Sinkhole: Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers In Their Own Land (2017 Reading Book #87)

I really loved this book for a number of reasons. It was really interesting to learn about all of the issues Lousiana and its residents are dealing with–many of which I only had a little idea of. I also found it extremely fascinating albeit a bit upsetting to gain a … Continue reading

A Diverse, Unexpected Playfulness with Form: Monica Youn’s Blackacre (2017 Reading Book #86)

Contemporary poetry–or at least the poets I’ve been reading–is all about playing with form. Along with playing with form, there also seems to be a playfulness with approaching topics. Youn’s poetry seems to hit upon the same issues and images just from different angles. I really liked how different poems … Continue reading

Fixated on Food: Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins (2017 Reading Book #85)

This story and the family it centers on is unlike anything I’ve run across before. I really liked the narrative voice and how the story jumped around in time, telling the reader not only the past and present but also the future. Attenberg has a great understanding of these characters, … Continue reading

A Fascinating World I Never Knew Existed: Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians (2017 Reading Book #84)

I had no idea what I would be stepping into when all I knew of this book was that it was Chick Lit and focused on Asian culture. To me, that sounded a bit like a remedy for disaster. Fortunately, this novel is nothing like the stereotypes that might come … Continue reading

An Interesting Combination: Solmaz Sharif’s Look (2017 Reading Book #83)

The poems in this collection are such an interesting and unexpected combination of content. I thought it was really cool how terms from the military dictionary were used. It made for a really interesting juxtaposition. I also enjoyed the vareity of forms used throughout the collection. It seems that contemporary … Continue reading

Finding Common Ground: Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s All American Boys (2017 Reading Book #82)

I picked up this book because it was one of the predecessors to Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, and author Jason Reynolds is blurbed on the cover of Thomas’ book. I was really interested to see what books on the topic of racism and police brutality had come before the … Continue reading