Home Fire // Kamila Shamsie

Home Fire has been praised and recognized by so many before me- including two of my favorite literary awards, the Women’s Prize for Fiction (2018 winner) and the Man Booker Prize (2017 longlist).  A retelling of Antigone, Home Fire is Greek tragedy retold for the modern age.  Given that my recollection of Antigone is extremely […]

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Less // Andrew Sean Greer

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Less shocked everyone when it won last year’s Pulitzer.  The Pull-it-sir winner heard ’round the world… is a comedic break-up novel about a middle-aged gay man who travels the world Jules-Verne-style?  You betcha!! From the back cover: You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty.  A […]

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Swing Time // Zadie Smith

Ahhh, my first Zadie Smith novel (and my first read of 2019!).  Swing Time wasn’t my first exposure to Zadie, that was “The Waiter’s Wife” back in the spring for my British Literature class.  Yet, everyone warned me not to start with Swing Time, that it was Smith’s worst novel, that it fell flat in […]

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2019 Reading Goals

Happy 2019!  I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions, because I think they’re generally forgotten past January, but this year I thought I’d try something new and set some reading goals for myself.  I never like to set a goal for the amount of books I read per year, because I hate that added pressure […]

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My Favorite Books of 2018

In no particular order, here are some of the best books I read this year! The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne An emotional read, John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies just about broke my heart while making me repeatedly laugh out loud.  More thoughts here. The Idiot by Elif Batuman Even months after reading […]

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