2017 releases · fiction

Small Towns, Family and the Upheaval of a Community: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

“It came, over and over, down to this: What made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?”  I am sure you have heard a lot of things about this book before. It's made a huge impact, it was listed for awards and it's had so much buzz, from all over the… Continue reading Small Towns, Family and the Upheaval of a Community: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

2017 releases · thrillers · YA

Impersonation, Unlikeable Narrators and No Suspense: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

"For anyone who has been taught that good equals small and silent, here is my heart with all its ugly tangles and splendid fury." I had an ARC of this for so long, I decided to just go ahead and read it, since it was just staring at me from my Kindle. I read We… Continue reading Impersonation, Unlikeable Narrators and No Suspense: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

2017 releases · YA

Love, Tension and Not Much Else: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

I am beyond torn. This book was HUGE last year and it's had my interest ever since. However, I decided to read it because of that cover, since I am weak like that. My friend Janel @ Keeper of Pages was so kind to get this one for me and I decided to read it… Continue reading Love, Tension and Not Much Else: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

2017 releases · fiction

The Original, the Brilliant and the Strange: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

So I can like a short story collection.  I've been meaning to pick this book up ever since it came out. But I don't get on really well with short story collections. I always find that I can never like a collection as a whole, only certain stories. And then I can never say that… Continue reading The Original, the Brilliant and the Strange: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

2017 releases

OCD, a Fugitive Father and Annoying Teenagers: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

"You do belong to yourself, even when your thoughts don’t." I used to be a huge John Green fan. I read all of his books, and I really loved some of them. However, the more time I spent away from his books and the older I got, I found more faults in them (no pun… Continue reading OCD, a Fugitive Father and Annoying Teenagers: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

2017 releases · thrillers

Unlikable Characters, Rural Settings and No Plot: The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

Color me disappointed.  I was really excited to read this book. The premise is something that entirely blew me away and I was so intrigued by it. The Innocent Wife is about a woman who starts writing to a prisoner who is on Death Row, convicted for the deaths of numerous young women. They fall… Continue reading Unlikable Characters, Rural Settings and No Plot: The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

2017 releases · YA

Fandom, Online Communities and a Bit of Awkwardness: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Another book that left me feeling confused. I am sure all of you have heard of Eliza and Her Monsters. It was one of the biggest YA releases of last year and everyone and their mother absolutely loved it. It was compared to Fangirl (one of my faves) and a lot of people related to… Continue reading Fandom, Online Communities and a Bit of Awkwardness: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

2017 releases · YA

Flat Characters, Clunky World Building and a Somewhat Fulfilled Promise of Dragons: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

This book checks all the reasons I hate YA Fantasy.  I wrote about this one in one of my Judging Books By Their Covers post (pretty sure it was October) and when I heard it was about dragons, I immediately wanted to read it. We don't see a lot of dragons, which is confusing, because… Continue reading Flat Characters, Clunky World Building and a Somewhat Fulfilled Promise of Dragons: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

2017 releases · fiction

Rape Culture, Sports and a Small Town Community: Beartown (The Scandal) by Fredrik Backman

Quite possibly my favorite book of the year.  I can't even tell you the how many times I've been recommended Backman's books. And especially this one. Beartown is one of the books I knew I was going to love way before I read it. However, this book deals with rape, and I kept putting it… Continue reading Rape Culture, Sports and a Small Town Community: Beartown (The Scandal) by Fredrik Backman

2017 releases · non fiction

Body Image, Feminism and a Deeply Private Account: Hunger: A Memoir of My Body by Roxane Gay

I have most of this book highlighted. I really enjoy Gay's writing. I think she is unapologetic and very honest, and it's something I always appreciate. I read and really enjoyed her short story collection Difficult Women (more on it HERE). But I have never completely loved her work. Until this. Hunger is Roxane Gay's… Continue reading Body Image, Feminism and a Deeply Private Account: Hunger: A Memoir of My Body by Roxane Gay

2017 releases · Misc · romance

Happy Release Day: The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey

Something a bit different today. Plus you get two posts!  I've spoken previously about how I occasionally enjoy Romance novels. Sometimes those are the only books that can get me through a reading slump. However, I've also spoken about how that genre is really problematic. That's not the case with R.S. Grey. Her books are… Continue reading Happy Release Day: The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey

2017 releases

Moon City, Science and a Heist: Artemis by Andy Weir

You can't go wrong with a city on the moon. I read The Martian back when it blew up, and I really enjoyed it. I found it to be the perfect book for a movie adaptation, and I really liked Weir's humor and the ease with which he tells his story. I also enjoyed the… Continue reading Moon City, Science and a Heist: Artemis by Andy Weir