Benjamin Alire Saenz’s The Inexplicable Logic of My Life (2017 Reading Book #117)

Last year I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and absolutely loved it, so I was stoked to get my hands on Saenz’s second novel. There is so much to love in this novel. As usual, Saenz’s writing is gorgeous and living in the main character’s head … Continue reading

The Best American Essays 2016 (2017 Reading Book #95)

Collections of any kind of writing can be a toss up, especially if the curator isn’t well known to you. But I figured this was a risk worth taking, especially since I’m trying to broaden my reading tastes. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy many of these essays. Some of them I … Continue reading

A Story of a Family: Angela Flournoy’s The Turner House (2017 Reading Book #77)

All of the books I’ve read this year that have been authored by an African American have dealt solely with race issues in America, particularly the Black Lives Matter movement. So it was rather refreshing to read this novel about a black family in Detroit that wasn’t completely about race … Continue reading

Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard (2017 Reading Book #35)

I am guilty of many things, one of them being that I didn’t read Pulitzer Prize-winning Native Guard by Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey until this year. I feel all the shame. Trethewey is a powerhouse of a poet–something I’ve known from years of studying her poems in classes. I’m struggling to … Continue reading