Genre: Literary Fiction


Oct 27
Bite-Sized Reviews of Long Way Down, Nyxia, Hanna Who Fell from the Sky & My Heart and Other Black Holes

Bite-Sized Reviews of Long Way Down, Nyxia, Hanna Who Fell from the Sky & My Heart and Other Black Holes

Reviews 23

I’ve got four bite-sized reviews today. Three new(ish) releases and one backlist book. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I honestly don’t even know how to describe in words how I felt about this book. You almost just have to experience it for yourself to understand its brilliance. When I started the book, I was both delighted and scared to see that it was written in verse (it’s all free verse, with one concrete poem thrown in there). How would Reynolds convey the story with so few words and still connect us to the characters? Would I know what the heck was going on? Turns out that Reynolds did indeed convince me to care about Will in a sparse number of actual words—and time, really. Most of the book takes place during a sixty-second elevator ride (though it tells a story that actually spans… Read more »


Jun 06
Random Reads Review – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Random Reads Review – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Random Reads, Reviews 2 ★★★★½

The Golem and the Jinni is a beautifully written tale that combines fantasy with history. It’s a story of life and longing and of the desire to truly break free.  When the book was chosen as my May Random Read, I was excited because I’d had a chance to meet the author and hear her speak about the exhaustive research that she put into this book.  It truly showed.  I was not disappointed! The negatives: Slightly slow in the beginning.  This book is a bit closer to literary fiction than I typically read, which is wonderful – I’m trying to expand my horizons a bit and this book fit the bill perfectly.  But it’s definitely a slow-building story.  I was expecting this to be a story about Chava and Ahmad together, but it was a long time before they even met. The story also seemed to go off on tangents… Read more »