Adult Fiction

Classics Club: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Classic: One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Probably Garcí­a Márquez finest and most famous work. One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of a mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, alive with unforgettable men and…… Continue reading Classics Club: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Comics · Fantasy · History · Nonfiction · Queer · Sci-Fi

2017 End of Year Book Survey

It’s time for my most favorite post, the end-of-year book survey hosted by Perpetual Page-Turner! Not a lot of people read these all the way through, but I still love doing them. Because survey. And the questions always help me reflect on the books I’ve read in a substantive way. I’m a forgetful little scamp…… Continue reading 2017 End of Year Book Survey

Adult Fiction · Queer

Classics Club: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

The Classic: Giovanni’s Room (1956) by James Baldwin Set in the contemporary Paris of American expatraites, liasons, and violence, a young man finds  himself caught between desire and conventional  morality. James Baldwin’s brilliant narrative delves  into the mystery of loving with a sharp, probing  imagination, and he creates a moving, highly  controversial story of death and passion that reveals the  unspoken complexities…… Continue reading Classics Club: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

Adult Fiction · Romance

Disappointing Holiday Romances

I enjoy romance novels year-round, but something about the holiday season just gives me a hankering for themed romance books. I’ve read some great ones, like His Road Home by Anna Richland (a Thanksgiving novella about a disabled war veteran and a doctor) or Season for Surrender by Theresa Romain (a bookish historical about a two-week Christmas party), but this…… Continue reading Disappointing Holiday Romances

Adult Fiction

Classics Club: Cain by Lord Byron

The Classic: Cain, a Mystery (1821) by Lord Byron This is a rather obscure play, and as such I couldn’t find a good blurb, but basically it’s a play in poetry clearly inspired by Paradise Lost, telling a story about Cain and his conversations with Lucifer leading up to the murder of Abel. (“Mystery” is used here…… Continue reading Classics Club: Cain by Lord Byron

Adult Fiction · Queer

Classics Club: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Classic: The Haunting of Hill House (1959) by Shirley Jackson First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence…… Continue reading Classics Club: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Comics

Book Blogger Memory Challenge

I found this tag on Reading As I Am and the rules are very easy: Answer the questions before you read my answers! I went from memory, but confirmed specific titles or authors’ names via Google. I tag everyone who wants to do it, as usual! Q1: Name a book written by an author called…… Continue reading Book Blogger Memory Challenge

Adult Fiction · Sci-Fi

Review: Mort(e) by Robert Repino

Hey lemme tell you about Mort(e) by Robert Repino! It’s one of those you pick up for the concept: The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that…… Continue reading Review: Mort(e) by Robert Repino

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Other Stuff · YA

How Libraries Work (For Writers and Readers)

I’ve worked in libraries, on and off, for the past 13 years. When I’m not working in them, I’m still there all the time, and have been since I was a wee little child. I’m still not an expert on the back rooms, but I can tell you the biggest thing people don’t understand about how libraries…… Continue reading How Libraries Work (For Writers and Readers)

Adult Fiction

Review: Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

I’m not sure what to make of Something Missing, and I don’t know if I’ll want to read any more books by Matthew Dicks, but I enjoyed it if only because it was so very different. It’s worth reading the summary: A career criminal with OCD tendencies and a savant-like genius for bringing order to his crime…… Continue reading Review: Something Missing by Matthew Dicks