It’s that time of year – wrap-up time! Submit your three best and one worst books of the year below. Include the link to your post so people can get to your review. If you have something you must say about any of the books, add your comment. Please submit your choices by midnight on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 EST, then watch for our yearly wrap-up post on Pajiba. To see the choices we made in years past, visit our Updates page.
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A Room of One’s Own (1929) by Virginia Woolf is a short, classic, feminist treatise, and it was on my list of 50 Books Every Woman Should Read Before She Turns 40. I know very little about Virginia Woolf. I vaguely remember having to read Mrs. Dalloway in school, but I think I was too young to really appreciate it. I never even saw The Hours with Nicole Kidman. So, I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I began reading this book. A Room of One’s Own is an extended essay based on two speeches that Woolf gave at women’s colleges at the University of Cambridge. […]
I’m still three reviews behind, so I’ll get right to it with this one. Having read and loved Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda earlier this year, I figured I may as well read the follow-up, Leah on the Offbeat, especially since it was one of the few finalists for the 2018 Goodreads Awards that I already owned. The whole gang from Simon is back for senior year, and Simon’s long-time best friend Leah gets to tell her own story. The title is a perfect encapsulation of Leah: a drummer in an all-girl band but not really a […]
Many thanks to scootsa1000 for these great books and a cute little set of bookplates. It made my day! Happy holiday book exchange, everyone!
I read almost all of Charlie Huston’s catalogue between 2011-2012. I loved the Hank Thompson trilogy and The Shotgun Rule was good as well. I don’t often enjoy fun, trashy Tarantino-esque thrill writers but Huston has more talent than most. I couldn’t put his books down. The ending of the Hank Thompson trilogy stays with me to this day. However, I avoided the Joe Pitt series series for a long time because I don’t like those kinds of monster crossover works. I tried one Jim Butcher book and while it was fine, I didn’t feel compelled to return to the rest of the […]
Absence – 4/5 Stars I started reading this one for a few different reasons. One, Peter Handke is often in the conversation for the Nobel Prize. In these conversations the general thread is that his work should be considered along the lines of a combination of his novels and fiction and also his screenwriting. I am not sure how I feel about that and I also feel like there’s a kind of gray area in terms of how many different forms/ how much of a writer’s career is to be considered. Bob Dylan, for example, was cited for his “song […]
I am going to be honest here. I might not hit the word count with each of these reviews. Some books lend themselves to more of a review than others. Annie John – 3/5 Stars Annie John is a short novel by the Antiguan novelist Jamaican Kincaid. Jamaica Kincaid is best known for her thoroughly brilliant and forever anthologized short story “Girl”. “Girl” is so good not only because of the power of the voice and the effectiveness of the images, but because it’s the perfect example of a second person point of view in action, a form that is […]
The Towers of Silence This is the fourth and shortest of the four main volumes of the Raj Quartet. I plan on reading and reviewing the final work, which is a connected, but not direct volume, which is also short. This novels spends the bulk of its time focusing on the Laytons and their various connections. The Laytons are a blend of educators and military officials and the plot of the novel centers around the love affair of Teddy Bingham ( a military officer) and Susan Layton, one of the daughters. The novel opens up a lot of questions related […]
Last year, I was surprised and delighted by When Dimple Met Rishi. It was such a refreshing and adorable YA romance. I was excited about Sandhya Menon and the way she represented strong, independent, intelligent women growing up in households of Indian immigrants. I loved the way she described the balance between old cultures and new, and the way both Dimple and Rishi respected the old ways while trying to invent their own. I was thrilled when I got this book in a package from work. I couldn’t wait to read it. I assumed I would LOVE IT, and that […]