2016 Reading Challenge · Book Reviews · Conferences

The Girls

I picked up an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of THE GIRLS at the AWP conference, long before I knew about the pre-publication buzz surrounding Emma Cline’s debut novel. I didn’t want to wait to see what the fuss was about, so I decided not to save it for next year. I found myself disappointed. THE GIRLS… Continue reading The Girls

2016 Reading Challenge · Book Reviews

The Killer in Me

This book hadn’t been on my radar at all. As I’ve stated before, YA isn’t my go-to genre. I’ve spent the summer interning with literary agent Jessica Sinsheimer and she kept raving about this book. So I cracked the spine and it reshaped the way I think about YA literature and thrillers specifically. Nina Barrows sees the… Continue reading The Killer in Me

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Humans of New York: Stories

Brandon Stanton, author and curator of the wildly popular HUMANS OF NEW YORK Facebook page (and following books), is very much your normal white American man. I made an exception to my challenge to look through HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES. I randomly picked it up and my library and decided that this book more or less fits… Continue reading Humans of New York: Stories

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13 Ways of Looking At a Fat Girl

This was a 100% spontaneous pick. I had seen Penguin post about it on Facebook and I picked it up at my library. I was in no rush to get to it, but once I started, I had finished it in 24 hours. In their review, The Washington Post wrote, “You’ll want to grab a friend and… Continue reading 13 Ways of Looking At a Fat Girl

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The Good Girl

Mary Kubica’s debut novel received quite a bit of buzz upon its publication in 2014. However, I don’t think I quite expected just what this novel held. It had been compared to GONE GIRL (as most female-driven thrillers are now), was a New York Times bestseller, and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly—all of which pointed me to… Continue reading The Good Girl

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Fates and Furies

The selection of this book follows a rather predictable narrative in my life: I buy a bestselling book, put on my shelf because I’m in the middle of about five other books, and read the new one a year later. I purchased FATES AND FURIES not long after its National Book Award nomination and finally… Continue reading Fates and Furies

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Breaking Challenges and Leaving Books

I don’t typically abandon books, unless the writing is absolutely horrible. I try to stick with most of what I start. The last book I remember abandoing was James Joyce’s ULYSSES, because I am weak and Joyce broke me after 100 pages. I started reading Orhan Pamuk’s STRANGENESS IN MY MIND a few weeks ago and… Continue reading Breaking Challenges and Leaving Books