• Eleanor Oliphant is Totally Annoying

    One thing to know before you crack into Gail Honeyman’s novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is that it’s very voicey. You are immediately and wholly ensconced in Eleanor’s world and her voice drives and carries the entire book. This is a good thing if you find this social misfit’s…

  • The Adam-Texting Test for Mystery Novels

    I can always tell if a mystery is really good because the moment I finish it I will text my friend, Adam, and tell him how much he needs to read it so I can talk about it with someone. That’s exactly happened after I stayed up until like 2…

  • Supergenius Superlatives: Books 2017

    According to Goodreads, I read 65 books this year. According to me I finished 60 books and quite five for various reasons most of them having to do with boredom. After about 88 seconds of thought here are the books that would win awards this year if I were in…

  • 13 Ways of Looking Like a Fat-Shaming Misogynist

    I’m not sure why so many people who read Mona Awad’s collection of linked short stories, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, found it so funny. What was hilarious? The way the main character Lizzie/Liz/Elizabeth hated every woman she came into contact with? How all the thin women…

  • The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

    There’s something of an old west feeling about Hannah Tinti’s novel, The Twelve Live of Samuel Hawley even though it a lot of the book takes place in the here and now. There’s no time travel, but there are a lot of gunfights so maybe that’s what gives it the…

  • Three Recent Reads

    Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi One of my weaknesses as a reader, and as a human, is that I’m not too keen on history. I don’t like to read about olden times. If a book takes place before say, 1940, I’ve already started to lose interest. If a book takes place…

  • Wisconsinality

    Recently, a friend pointed out on Twitter that a book he was reading would drive me bonkers because it touched upon very many of my literary pet peeves. “Dick Lit to the extreme. Selfish, sad-sack, ‘anti-hero’ middle-aged white male antagonist. Female characters as props.” I chuckled because he was right,…

  • Another in My Quest to Read Liane Moriarty’s Backlist

    I’m slowly making my way through Liane Moriarty’s backlist as it becomes available from the library. The latest in the rotation is a cute, though somewhat predictable mystery called The Last Anniversary. This one centers around the family that lives on Scribbly Gum Island (sadly a fictional place). They have…