REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes—From Cleopatra to Camus

The only thing I love more than history is the people who lived it! And I especially love books who go beyond what you’d expect from a history book. Like a quirky who’s who of hotness, Historical Heartthrobs has a ton of interesting people in it. It starts with Cleopatra and ends with Benazir Bhutto, and between those two are some amazing mini-biographies. There’s a good mix of people here, both good and bad. I Read More …

REVIEW: The Resurrectionist by E.B. Hudspeth

I love fake histories, and I ESPECIALLY love fake fantasy histories. The Resurrectionist is both those things, and it’s an art book as well! The first half is the fake history part: a biography of Dr. Spencer Black, a surgeon who specialized in unusual diseases/deformities. This led him to eventually become interested in cryptozoology– which eventually led to deception, murder, and a lot of unsolved mysteries. The biography reads like an actual biography. It’s a Read More …

REVIEW: Everyone Says That at the End of the World by Owen Egerton

Most apocalyptic novels are depressing! The world’s ending, after all. Everyone’s dying, there are probably zombies running around, and nothing’s ever going to be the same again. Scary, and depressing, and that sort of situation calls for some humor to lighten things up. Everyone Says That at the End of the World isn’t a funny like “rofl I peed my pants help” kind of funny. It’s more absurdist situational kind of funny– which is nice, Read More …

In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist by Pete Jordan

In the City of Bikes by Pete Jordan

I’ll be honest. If I hadn’t been offered In the City of Bikes for review, I’d probably never have read it on my own. I’d never have known what a good read I’d have missed out on. I’d never learn about Amsterdam and its history with bicycles and why that history is so frickin’ cool! And that’d have been a shame, because I feel about ten times smarter from having read this book. Through a Read More …

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

You know sometimes how you start reading a book like it’s no big deal, and then BAM! It turns amazing and wonderful and OMFG WOW and you have no idea how to process what just happened, let alone write a review for it? Yeah, that’s what happened with me and A Tale for the Time Being. I was first attracted to it because of the cover, only vaguely knowing what the story itself was about. Read More …

REVIEW: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

I’m not a subscriber to Jenny Lawson’s blog (The Blogess), though I don’t really know WHY I’m not. Anyway, when her memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, was first released last year I thought it might be something I’d like to read. I visited her blog, read about twenty posts, put the book on my wishlist and then forgot about it (as happens all too frequently with me). However, the paperback is coming out this Read More …

REVIEW: The Green Man by Michael Bedard

I hadn’t realized that The Green Man is a sequel to another book when I requested it at NetGalley, but in retrospect I don’t think it matters all that much. Apparently it’s got some of the same characters from the first book in it, but the POV is mostly from a new character, so I didn’t feel too annoyed that I read the sequel first. What I liked best about The Green Man is that Read More …

REVIEW: Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst

I feel like I’ve read a lot of books this year about weird (or abusive) families and the offspring who writes about them, and while I think I’ve enjoyed all those books they also make me really sad at the end. I don’t LIKE it when families are abusive, or weird in ways that seriously mess up their offspring, and so normally I end each weird family book thinking I’ll never read another one ever Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: Act of Will, Virus on Orbis 1, Someone Like You

Book cover of Act of Will by AJ Hartley

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first I thought it was a comedy story, something like a Terry Pratchett book. Then it turned into something else, something more like…I don’t know. A Megan Whalen Turner book? (Only not YA.) And then I stopped trying to compare it to other books and just enjoyed the story. It’s a great story, very entertaining and yet also kind of heartbreaking. Will’s an interesting protagonist. If this Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: The 14th Dalai Lama and Gandhi manga biographies

Book cover of the 14th Dalai Lama: a manga biography

It’s always difficult to compress a person’s life story into a book that’s less than 200 pages, but The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography made a decent effort. It highlights the important parts of the Dalai Lama’s life, from childhood to adulthood, and it gives a good overview of the situation with Tibet and China. The art was nice, if not overly detailed, and the writing was pretty compelling. Maybe some scenes were a Read More …