Books, Recommendation

What I Read | APRIL 2017

Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson Bryson, known mainly for his European travelogues, here documents his return to the USA through a series of newspaper essays.  Having tasted life in Europe, his musings about his home country are mostly exasperated.  Occasionally, usually at the prodding of his British wife, he remembers something lovely… Continue reading What I Read | APRIL 2017

Books, Recommendation

What I Read | MARCH 2017

Recommended books are italicized! The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye What a cute book!  I want to give this to all little kids to read as an antidote to classic fairy tales.  That is, after all, it's entire point.  What if a princess wasn't perfect?  Could she find love, acceptance, and joy anyway?  Of… Continue reading What I Read | MARCH 2017

Books, Recommendation

What I Read | FEBRUARY 2017

This month I read some fantasy, some non-fiction, and some contemporary fiction both satirical and...weird.  Recommended books are italicized! Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb The second book in Hobb's Farseer trilogy started out slow but became quite engrossing about halfway through.  Initially, I complained about the dearth of female characters, but then Kettricken wound up… Continue reading What I Read | FEBRUARY 2017

Books, Recommendation, Weekly Series

What I Read | JANUARY 2017

In January, I left my beloved library behind in the States, which was very sad.  But I also returned to twelve new books that I bought at a Christmas bazaar before leaving Athens last year, so it all balanced out (not really, twelve books does not equal infinite library access). We Should All Be Feminists by… Continue reading What I Read | JANUARY 2017

Books, Recommendation, Weekly Series

What I Read | DECEMBER 2016

I returned to my hometown this month, which means I got a LOT of books at my public library.  This is especially noteworthy because somehow in smalltown Illinois, my library is really great at stocking diverse books.  The number of books I read about people of color BY people of color increased this month, which… Continue reading What I Read | DECEMBER 2016

Books, Recommendation, Weekly Series

What I Read | November 2016

Eight books this month, ranging from YA fantasy adventures to historical scandals in early Hollywood.  Oh, and I finally read The Little Prince, which was a LONG time coming. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson Woodson's prose reads like poetry, which helps make her story more palatable.  I mean, it's GOOD, but it is a devastating… Continue reading What I Read | November 2016

Books, Recommendation

What I Read | October 2016

Yikes!  I only read five books this month, and two of them were re-reads.  But what I lack in quantity I think make up in quality.  Well, mostly. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer I adore Amy Schumer, and her memoir only validated my opinion.  Her humor manages to be equal… Continue reading What I Read | October 2016