Behold the Dreamers

Ever since it came out and I started seeing it in book stores, I knew I wanted to read Behold the Dreamers, the debut novel by Imbolo Mbue. But for whatever reason, it never felt like the right time, so it stayed on my to-buy list. Last fall, I discovered it was offered by Book... Continue Reading →

Homegoing

A new book has been on my radar for the past few months: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaaa Gyasi. This upcoming release led me to want the author's first book, Homegoing, which was first published in 2016. While I thought about adding it to my bookshelves soon, fate stepped in to speed up the process: The... Continue Reading →

The Death of Vivek Oji

Some books hit you differently. That's absolutely true of Akwaeke Emezi's latest novel, The Death of Vivek Oji. Their third novel overall - and second for adults - it examines a complex character before and after their death, before and after loved ones really knew who they were. Queer, gender-nonconforming people in 1990s Nigeria take... Continue Reading →

Under the Udala Trees

I have a long and ever-growing list of books I want, but, like many readers, I must admit that I tend to be drawn to the same three or four genres. So sometimes, it's nice - and important - to get a fresh perspective thrust into your TBR. For my birthday last May, my sister... Continue Reading →

The Map of Salt and Stars

I remember when I first saw Zeyn Joukhadar's The Map of Salt and Stars at stores in 2018: I was instantly drawn to its title and cover, and even more intrigued by the summary on the back. It wasn't on my list long before I rushed back and bought it. However, it wasn't until recently... Continue Reading →

Circling the Sun

Paula McLain's Circling the Sun has been on my radar for a couple of years now. I finally bought it recently, and was eager to dive in. While I've read a lot of historical fiction in the last few years, this is one of only a few that has taken me to Africa. Here, we... Continue Reading →

The Apartment

I love horror films. Horror may be my favorite genre, especially when it's psychological and involves ghosts and a haunted atmosphere. Perhaps surprisingly, though, I've never read any horror books. So when I stumbled across The Apartment by S. L. Grey, I was intrigued. It's published by Blumhouse Books, an offshoot of the film production... Continue Reading →

The Time In Between

We're only three months into the year, but I'm already certain that The Time In Between by María Dueñas will be among my favorites of 2017. Originally published in Spanish in 2009, The Time In Between has since become an international bestseller, and for good reason. The novel spans a decade as Sira Quiroga grows... Continue Reading →

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