• The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary
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    The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary (Review)

    Happy publication day to The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary! Thank you to the lovely folks at Berkley Jove for my ARC.   One of my favourite parts of following an author’s career in real time or even discovering an author and making my way through their backlist is seeing how their work changes, grows, develops, the boundaries they push and break and the risks they take that pay off…and those that don’t. I’d put The Road Trip somewhere in the middle of that last scale. What I love about Beth’s work is that she retains her unique sensibilities (charming…

  • In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri against a wooden backdrop with a pile of books/journals in upper left corner.
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    In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri (Review)

    “A new language is almost a new life, grammar and syntax recast you, you slip into another logic and another sensibility.”—Domenico Starnone Do you find this to be true? I’m fluent in Marathi and English, conversational in Hindi, and have been learning German and Spanish where I have different levels of comprehension and speaking skills. I worked in Spain for 9 months and have spent enough time in Germany during visits to know what it means to immerse yourself in a foreign language and sometimes even start dreaming or thinking in snatches of that language – and I do find…

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    The Great Library (series) by Rachel Caine (Review)

    From not knowing it was a five-book series when I picked up the first book at the end of last month to devouring all of them in just a few weeks. I cannot recommend The Great Library series by Rachel Caine enough! Imagine a world where The Great Library of Alexandria has survived. Over the centuries, it has become ruthless and all-powerful, gatekeeping what they deem “harmful”, controlling the knowledge that goes out to the masses (it is illegal for anyone to personally own a book). They rule the world through sister Serapeums in every city. This is a world that, on the…

  • More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn
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    More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn (author interview and blog tour sneak peek)

    Last spring, I received a bunch of upcoming releases from Wednesday Books. The cover of You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn caught my eye even before I picked it up and read the blurb. It had this “feel” of summer and, as I read the description of this YA contemporary about two country musicians, a vibe that just matched. When I did read it, a few months on, it was exactly what I needed – a layered, complicated but ultimately feel-good story with music as a bonus. You can read my review of it here. I was thrilled when I…

  • Bindlestiff by Wayne Holloway
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    Bindlestiff by Wayne Holloway (Review)

    A crumpled boot, a worn-down heel, a sole with a hole where the sun pours through when Frank holds it up for inspection. It is with this rather ordinary image that Wayne Holloway begins Bindlestiff. Frank proceeds to fix the hole with a knife, some rubber, and glue. The only piece of almost throwaway information that clues us in to this being anything but ordinary is the date. 2036. Frank is Marine Corp vet Frank Dubois, a forty-something black man journeying from Los Angeles to Detroit seeking redemption, and 2036 is a derailed, dystopian version of the future of the…

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