Tag: 20 Books of Summer

Review: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

It’s tempting to compare this book to What it Means When A Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah.  Both are debut short story collections from diverse authors, and both blend contemporary and speculative fiction.  I enjoyed both, and I’m not a big reader of short stories normally, but I’m coming to appreciate…

Review: What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

I loved this book of short stories.  Arimah has a really vivid way of telling a story, and her stories covered a wide range of issues and genres.  The title story was one of the most interesting.  The narrator is a mathematician in a future post-apocalyptic world where most of the continents are now underwater. …

20 Books of Summer: My TBR List

For the last few years, Cathy at 746 Books has hosted the 20 Books of Summer challenge.  You make a list of 20 books and try to read them between June 1 and September 1.  In past years, I’ve had no trouble reading 20 books in 3 months, the issue is more can I read…

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart

I love this series, which is about a real-life woman in the 1910’s who was one of the first female deputy sheriffs.  Amy Stewart builds the novels in this series around actual people and events and she ends each one with a description of her research.  If you haven’t read the series, but like historical…

Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò

I found this book about a marriage in Nigeria fascinating and meaningful, although it wasn’t quite what I expected. The story begins with a married couple who now live apart.  Yejide is going to see her husband after many years for his father’s funeral. Then the story takes us back to the early years of…

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews

This summer I’ve been reading a lot of great science fiction and fantasy.  This batch is all science fiction, although I’m finding the distinction is somewhat blurred in a lot of what I read.  I suppose that’s because I don’t read too much traditional science fiction (which I think of as relying on technological and…

My July Reading Wrap-Up

This month I torpedoed my 20 Books of Summer list by signing up for a pile of NetGalleys and ARCs.  I’m not saying I regret those reads, which were quite good; something just made me go “off-list” this month. Otherwise, my July was all about my sister – I got to visit her in Wisconsin…