Books, Recommendation

What I Read | OCTOBER 2017

Jane, Unlimited by Jane Cashore Yikes, this book!  About 1/3 of the way through, it ended, at which point I realized I was reading a Choose Your Own Adventure type book that laid out multiple directions for the story to take.  At first, it was super interesting, since her decisions to go in different directions… Continue reading What I Read | OCTOBER 2017


Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning Star is the third book in the Red Rising series.  Check out my reviews of Red Rising and Golden Son before reading this one! Pierce Brown is a genius.  His science-fiction-solar-system-Hunger-Games trilogy about social hierarchy, revolution, and loyalty is SO GOOD.  And so complex, which is why I was grateful that at the beginning… Continue reading Morning Star by Pierce Brown


The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Oh noooO!!!  Too many feelings.  This review is going to be less intelligent and more an emotional outpouring of OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK. I mean, the premise is fantastic.  Harry August lives his life, dies, reborn.  As himself, same parents, same place, same situation.  But he remembers everything of his life before.  It… Continue reading The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North


Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

My roommate let me borrow this book as a birthday present.  As much as I love fantasy, I have a weird "but I'm not that nerdy" attitude toward authors that aren't J. R. R. Tolkien.  Which is completely dumb, because I am that nerdy.  Anyway, I let it sit untouched for a month, at which… Continue reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson


Golden Son by Pierce Brown

If it were acceptable book review practice to simply post paragraphs of "!!!!!" over and over again, I would.  Pierce Brown seems to delight in leading his readers to believe that one thing will happen...and then making everything fall apart so that you're left staring at the page, wondering how in the world Darrow will… Continue reading Golden Son by Pierce Brown


The Vacationers by Emma Straub

What a disarmingly enchanting book.  It takes real skill to introduce a cast of characters, all of which are varying levels of gross.  The Posts and their friends are fully-formed people, which means they have hidden secrets that made me think, "Ugh, people are the worst."  By the end, these secrets are not explained away,… Continue reading The Vacationers by Emma Straub


Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Let the autobiographies of funny famous people keep rolling in!  I continue to be entertained and enlightened by these memoirs (including those by Neil Patrick Harris, Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Rob Delaney).  Amy Poehler's memoir is a combination of autobiography and essay compilation, a choice that frustrated me until I accepted the decision and… Continue reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler