Book Review

Until I read Margaret Atwood’s newest short story collection, Stone Mattress, I didn’t think that I was a reader who could love short stories. (This, despite being a fan of B.J. Novak’s collection, One More Thing. I am a slow learner) While I adore reading novels built as a collection of interconnected short stories like Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists or […]


This weekend, a friend asked me for a recommendation for a happy book. As I thought through the nonfiction I’ve read recently, I realized that most of it has been kind of depressing. But that’s one of the reasons I love good nonfiction — authors often tackle stories that are hard to read but need to be told. […]


I want to get on the bandwagon of people who have loved Roxane Gay’s debut essay collection, Bad Feminist (Aug. 5 from Harper Perennial), so bad that I’ve been tossing and turning my lukewarm reaction to the book around in my head for a couple of weeks, trying to figure out what I might be […]


I have a shelf on my desk where I keep books that I’ve finished but haven’t reviewed. There are several books that have been sitting there for a month or more that I keep meaning to review… and then can’t find much to say about despite having generally good feelings about them. In the spirit […]


This set of mini-reviews is a little different that others — I’m going to talk about two recently-completed trilogies that I’ve enjoyed since the first books came out. The first is a YA fantasy series where the magical elite, the Grisha, manipulate matter down to the very atom to summon and mold the basic elements in […]


This post originally appeared on Book Riot. In “Buy, Borrow, Bypass,” Book Riot contributors give brief reviews of their recent reads and advise whether you should buy, borrow, or bypass them. I’ve always had a bit of a dark streak in my reading life. I love a good true crime story and often pick up memoirs […]


It’s taken me forever to try and write a review for The Map Thief by Michael Blanding, which came out on May 29 from from Gotham. It was the book I chose for my May pick for Bloggers Recommend, but I’ve been having such hard time expanding on that little blurb: In 2005, the small world […]


Since June is Audio Book Month, I want to share quick reviews of two audio books that I thought were a ton of fun: The Martian by Andy Weir and Veronica Mars and the Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. The Martian by Andy Weir (read by R.C. Bray) Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney […]


B.J. Novak was one of the authors I was most excited to see at the LA Times Festival of Books. For one, he was a writer/actor on one of my favorite shows, The Office. And for two, Florinda (The 3R’s Blog) told me his first collection of short stories was worth reading, even for someone like me who […]


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Title: The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System Author: Anne Thompson Genre: Nonfiction Year: 2014 Publisher: Newmarket for It Books Acquired: From the publisher for review consideration Rating: Review: Why do some movies succeed while others fail? How does marketing — domestically and across the globe […]