Alison is a lost nature girl wandering through our urban streets. Her dreams are padded with fields of wildflowers and crickets and her eyes see everything in hues of lavender. She talks to animals and sings when the music calls to her. She reads all books and judges them by their covers. If you are looking for her in reality you won't find her but she is always reachable in a day dream if you would like to meet her there.
The Regrets by Amy Bonnafons takes the ideas of sexual and relationship discovery to a whole new level. Not only does Bonnafons examine female sexual desire and exploration in a way that I have never read before, she also does so while examining the complexity of their partners lives at the same time. When Rachel falls for a dead man, she experiences a relationship she's never had before (obviously). And don't worry, this guy, Thomas, isn't a zombie or an apparition. He is a very human ghost. He lives a day to day life much like the rest of us, only he is waiting to be finally, fully dead. In this novel we see how we can be selfish but how that selfishness isn't only sitting with us, others are selfish too and that is ok! Sometimes we have to be selfish to find out who we are, what we want, and to fully develop into ourselves. Amy Bonnnafons writes about how we can be in control of our own lives even when things get out of control. You should read this book and let it in... even if your self discovery runs a different course, it will surely hit the same points and reflections.
The beauty in the silence is a secret few are open to discover. David Ouimet's imposing illustrations and muted words share this secret in I Go Quiet. Quiet isn't strange. Quiet isn't rude. Quiet is misunderstood. Quiet is taking it all in and treating words as treasures. Let our minds grow wings and let our mouths go silent. That is okay.
Stirring. Finishing this novel in bed was a terrible idea that I just couldn't escape. I tried but I couldn't stop reading, unwilling to leave these characters and their stories unfinished. I was up for hours afterward thinking about the pizza girl that I had loved and hated and loved. Jean Kyoung Frazier writes a beautiful narrative. We cannot escape our own minds and sometimes, when we have good things in our lives, we are determined to destroy them. Sometimes we know why. Other times we do not. Sometimes we can fixate on something that we know will never be our reality and sometimes we will let that destroy us. I do not believe anyone is immune from relating to one or all of the players in this story. I know I wasn't.
My dear Sarah Waters, what have you done to me? This novel changed everything. I am not one to be fooled but you got me. Yes, you surprised me. Listen people, if you want to read an exquisitely written timepiece novel, pick up Fingersmith. Read it, let it sink in, and then tell everyone you know to read it. The voices, the plot, the turns, the mysteries, they are all grand. I've already said too much, just read it.
Never would I have expected to enjoy this book so much. I love witches and witchy stories but usually, I am left feeling a little slighted by the author. Of course, this is a situation I never realized until my reading of A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers. I am now concerned about witch novels of my future...how will they add up to this one? Sayers really put everything into this novel. By everything I mean not only witchy witchness but also, demons, romance, time travel, resurrection, soul searching, familial love and dysfunction, friendship, classic Hollywood, art, art history, and there is even a mother daughter seance situation. All of this AND impeccable story lines and character development. This is a fantastic debut from an author that I hope keeps writing! I loved every second of A Witch in Time. Wonderful and visual storytelling. Thank you Constance!
Hi! I am a women on a blue green sphere that's full of dips and dizzies and dust all about. Sometimes, in my neck of the sphere, the dust gets really excited and gathers all of it's dust friends and they have a huge dust conversation and they laugh a lot. Their laughter causes burst of wind so strong that humans have to wait until the dusts end their party to be able to proceed with their lives on the sphere. Jenny Slate, your Little Weirds is a little weird and it's the most immeasurable amount of weird that we need in our world. Thank you.
Hendrix does it again. This guy, his writing, it's just the ultimate. Grady Hendrix's, The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires is an elegant horror novel that pays tribute to the housewives and mothers of the 80s, 90s and today. Quiet, kind, obedient, and ready to murder a demon if it threatens their families. No one else could do it. We all know moms are super heroes, Mr. Hendrix makes it his mission to show that women are badasses who are severely underestimated and yet, still handle everything thrown their way and get everyone fed in time for bed. Always anxious to read his next book, The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires did not disappoint in my love for all things written by Grady Hendrix. Pick it up. You won't regret it.
Have you ever found an object in an unlikely spot, allowed your mind to wander to the hows and whys it ended up where it currently is? Maybe you dove deep into the rabbit hole of wonder for a few minutes or so? That is Death in Her Hands. However, where you would stop, Ottessa Moshfegh keeps going, taking us deeper into... disillusion? Reality? I find myself overthinking this beautifully written novel and I'm certain that is what the intention is. It is, isn't it?
A Cosmology of Monsters is a dysfunctional and honest family story that also packs a monster punch. Just when I thought I was reading a piece of literary fiction, a terrifying scene would unfold as a perfectly placed reminder that horror is present and alive in this novel. Shaun Hamill manages to tug on your emotions, make you reflect on your own family relationships, and make you want to sleep with the lights on.