Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Review Summary At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers, ventures to the border of Fairyland. His goal? To discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on …

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Review Summary This, my friends, is a story with potential. Who wouldn’t want to read a feminist rethinking of the “crazy wife” trope that snaps from the corners of Jane Eyre? It’s a sure ticket to a gritty, messy, ingenious exploration of the patriarchy in 18th and 19th century England. We’ll ignore the fact that we already know …

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

First off, I should make clear that this is an audiobook review. I usually don’t review audiobooks, because so much of how they come off depends on the narrator. I usually prefer to let the prose speak for itself and/or through my imagination. But I needed something to listen to while I work out and …

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

Pikadon, translated literally, comes from the Japanese words pika, meaning brilliant light, and don, meaning boom. It is the word used to describe the moment when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan during World War II, and it is the black hole around which the story of A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding revolves. In this novel, the …

ARC: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Review Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book, which was delivered to the library where I work. I decided to review it because I enjoyed the content, but a review was not requested by the publisher. This book is the winner of June’s Best of the Bunch Award! Summary The much-anticipated Homegoing is a …

Thursday Quotables: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

 As those of you who read my Sunday Post know, I’ve been slowly working my way through Jackie Copleton‘s A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding. Even though it’s totally my style, both in terms of the quietness of the writing and the subject matter, it hasn’t really been grabbing me. That probably has more to do with my …

Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves

Work Like Any Other recounts the story of Roscoe, a 1930’s Alabama electrician who moves with his wife, Marie, to her late father’s struggling farm. Farming isn’t Roscoe’s calling, and he spends a year refusing to do farm work, widening the distance between him and Marie that began when their son Gerald was born. In …

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

This book was awarded my May 2016 Best of the Bunch Award! When my grandfather was alive, I used to visit him in the retirement home where he had an apartment. My mother, however, lived with him there for a time, and visited him far more often than I ever could. She helped to decorate …

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Oh, how deeply I have fallen in love with this book! It didn’t take many pages before I knew that this would be one of my favorite books of all time. Although technically it’s a young adult novel, it’s incredible cleverness, sophistication, and willingness to tackle big issues makes it a wonderful read for adults …