fiction

No Discourse, Just a Review of Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Goodreads blurb: Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a distribution warehouse, and asks him if he'd like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon… Continue reading No Discourse, Just a Review of Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

fiction

WITMonth 2021: Magma by Thora Hjörleifsdóttir Review

translated from the Icelandic by Meg Matich Goodreads blurb: Twenty-year-old Lilja is in love. As a young university student, she is quickly smitten with the intelligent, beautiful young man from school who quotes Derrida and reads Latin and cooks balanced vegetarian meals. Before she even realizes, she’s moved in with him, living in his cramped apartment,… Continue reading WITMonth 2021: Magma by Thora Hjörleifsdóttir Review

fiction

Cusk Hive Assemble: Outline by Rachel Cusk Review

Goodreads blurb: A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives.Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out… Continue reading Cusk Hive Assemble: Outline by Rachel Cusk Review

2021 releases · fiction

Catch the Rabbit by Lana Bastašić Review

Goodreads blurb: A moving story about loss, forgetting and female friendship: two women on a road trip across Bosnia head towards a lost brother and a collision with the lies they’ve told themselves about where they’re from. Sara hasn't seen or heard from Lejla in years. She's comfortable with her life in Dublin, with her partner,… Continue reading Catch the Rabbit by Lana Bastašić Review

2021 releases · romance

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston Review

Goodreads blurb: For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird… Continue reading One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston Review

2021 releases · romance

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry Review

Goodreads blurb: Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of… Continue reading People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry Review

2021 releases · non fiction

Pop Song: Adventures in Art & Intimacy by Larissa Pham Review

Goodreads blurb: Endlessly inventive, intimate, and provocative, this memoir-in-essays is a celebration of the strange and exquisite state of falling in love, whether with a painting or a person, that interweaves incisive commentary on modern life, feminism, art and sex with the author's own experiences of obsession, heartbreak, and past trauma. Like a song that feels… Continue reading Pop Song: Adventures in Art & Intimacy by Larissa Pham Review

women's prize for fiction

Brief Thoughts on the Women’s Prize 2021 Shortlist

The Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 shortlist was just announced, so I figured I share my thoughts on it quickly. I've only managed to read 2 and half(ish) books of the longlist, since I was not prioritizing reading it – I have read Luster and No One Is Talking About This and I absolutely loved… Continue reading Brief Thoughts on the Women’s Prize 2021 Shortlist

2021 releases · fiction

An Ode to the Weird Chicken Book: Brood by Jackie Polzin

Goodreads blurb: Meet Gloria, Gam Gam, Darkness, Miss Hennepin County, and their unlikely owner. Over the course of a single year, our nameless narrator heroically tries to keep her small brood of four chickens alive despite the seemingly endless challenges that caring for another creature entails. From the freezing nights of a brutal winter to… Continue reading An Ode to the Weird Chicken Book: Brood by Jackie Polzin

2021 releases · women's prize for fiction

Women’s Prize 2021 Reviews #2: No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

Goodreads blurb: As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms "the portal," where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a… Continue reading Women’s Prize 2021 Reviews #2: No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

2021 releases · fantasy

The Helm of Midnight by Marina J. Lostetter Review

Goodreads blurb: In a daring and deadly heist, thieves have made away with an artifact of terrible power--the death mask of Louis Charbon. Made by a master craftsman, it is imbued with the spirit of a monster from history, a serial murderer who terrorized the city with a series of gruesome murders. Now Charbon is… Continue reading The Helm of Midnight by Marina J. Lostetter Review

2020 releases · women's prize for fiction

Women’s Prize 2021 Reviews #1: Luster by Raven Leilani

Goodreads blurb: Luster sees a young black woman figuring her way into life as an artist and into love in this darkly comic novel. She meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriage. In this world of contemporary sexual manners and racial… Continue reading Women’s Prize 2021 Reviews #1: Luster by Raven Leilani