Category: Book Genres

Review: Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann

This is a book I’ve been recommending lately, and it’s one you may not have heard of (I discovered it through Modern Mrs. Darcy’s summer reading list. This debut novel is a story about a dysfunctional family in small town Texas, and it’s based on the stories and themes of classical mythology. I thought it was fantastic.…

Review: Unwinding Anxiety by Judson Brewer

There was a lot of interest in this book from my Nonfiction November post about books on habits and productivity, and since I’m finding this book quite useful, I thought I’d share a little more about it.  Brewer is a neuroscientist and psychiatrist who studies habit formation and mindfulness.  His website says he is “passionate…

Nonfiction November: Stranger than Fiction

This week’s prompt asks about books that are “Stranger Than Fiction”, hosted by Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks. The books in this post aren’t untruthful in any way, they just tell dramatic stories that, if they were fiction, you might find hard to believe.  These stories have all the elements of fiction — character development,…

Review: O Beautiful by Jung Yun

O Beautiful is a story about America – a specific part of America, but it reflects attitudes and issues found nationwide. So it’s fitting that there’s a lot going on in this novel. Maybe a bit too much at times, but it definitely held my interest.  Elinor is a Korean-American in her early forties, previously a…

Review: Garlic and Sapphires, the Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl

I’m reading Reichl’s life backwards.  Last year I read the excellent Save Me the Plums, so this year I decided to go back to her previous book, about her work as the restaurant critic for the New York Times.  And while I enjoyed this one a bit less, Reichl is still an engaging and thoughtful…

Nonfiction November: My Year in Reading Nonfiction

It’s Nonfiction November, a five-week event of discussions on everything related to nonfiction. This week’s prompt, hosted by What’s Nonfiction, is about looking back at our year of reading nonfiction.  What was our favorite read, what did we recommend most often, and which topics were we drawn to?  I’ve read 15 nonfiction books so far this…

Review: Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan

This book is Pan’s memoir of a year when she decided to challenge herself to live like an extrovert.  She explains that there’s nothing wrong with being an introvert, only she’s an excessively shy one (a “shintrovert” as she calls herself), which means she’s probably missing out on friendships and career opportunities by not engaging…