bookstagram book reviews fabruary-march 2021

More #Bookstagram Book Reviews

I’ve had a decent run of fiction reading over the last few weeks, and am continuing my Instagram book-review project. Here are the latest ones I’ve shared on #bookstagram.


Transcendent Kingdom
Written by Yaa Gyasi
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on September 1, 2020
ISBN: 9780525658191
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Format: ebook
Pages: 288
Source: purchased
A Good Neighborhood
Written by Therese Anne Fowler
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group on March 10, 2020
ISBN: 9781250237286
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Format: ebook
Pages: 320
Source: purchased
A Children's Bible: A Novel
Written by Lydia Millet
Published by W. W. Norton & Company on May 12, 2020
ISBN: 9781324005049
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Format: ebook
Pages: 240
Source: purchased

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THE UNDOCUMENTED AMERICANS, as observed by one of their own

THE UNDOCUMENTED AMERICANS, as observed by one of their own

The Undocumented Americans is a tricky book to categorize and an enlightening, provocative book to read. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio is a Harvard graduate, a Yale grad student, and a writer. She is the daughter of undocumented Ecuadorian parents who brought her to America as a five-year-old. Her younger brother is American-born, while she lives under the precarious protection of DACA. The outcome of the 2016 presidential election made this life more perilous and uncertain than […]

The Same, but Different…

The Same, but Different…

Wednesday morning felt different after a restless, silent, very dark night. We had lost power at 3 PM the day before as Southern California was slammed with extremely high winds, and we had no idea how long we’d be without it. It was obvious that I wouldn’t be working remotely that morning, though. As it happened, we were powerless for a total of roughly 21 hours. And we were without cable, internet, and WiFi for […]

“The Queen’s Gambit” – A Novel to Television

“The Queen’s Gambit” – A Novel to Television

I broke one of the cardinal rules with The Queen’s Gambit–I watched the Netflix adaptation before reading the book. To be fair, I hadn’t even known it was a book first. It’s not a novel that would not have been on my radar when it was first published (1983). It isn’t one I’ve heard talked about much since. But I started reading the source material just days after watching the seven-hour TV series, and I […]

The Year That Wasn’t: In The Books

The Year That Wasn’t: In The Books

I have my doubts this space will ever be a proper “book blog” again. Then again, I’m not sure it ever was. Books were what prompted me to start blogging and they’re part of what keeps bringing me back. Even so, they’ve never been all I talked about here. But I am here to talk about books right now. For the most part, I’ve been able to keep reading through The Year of Our Coronavirus, […]

I Read Some Books in 2018

I Read Some Books in 2018

I Read Some Books in 2018 (But You Wouldn’t Know That From Here) Because 2018 barely exist on this blog, there’s no public record of what I read last year. And without that record, it felt like I didn’t read last year. The facts don’t support that feeling, though. I read some books–more than I thought I had, actually–in 2018. I got plenty of use out of Libby and my library cards. True, I did go […]

A Mid-Year Check-In: Bookkeeping

A Mid-Year Check-In: Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping: The Reading Year in Review (Without Reviews) Contributing to Shelf Awareness taught me how to craft a concise, structured book review. I’ve never really mastered the “bite-size” capsule book discussion, though–not on LibraryThing or Goodreads, not on Instagram or Litsy, and definitely not here. My book posts here tend to skew high on the word-count side. I’d like to think I write long reviews because I read books that give me lots to think and talk […]

Re-Approaching My Reading Habits

Re-Approaching My Reading Habits

I’m re-approaching my reading habits… …because we all know what it means when you keep doing the same thing expecting different results. Many of us have been through a reading slump or two (or 25), but the last year or so has felt different. It wasn’t that I couldn’t find books that interested me. It was more a matter of time and energy–that is, not having either–that made it hard to invest in any books I […]

Audiobooks I Read While I Wasn’t Blogging: Audies Edition

Audiobooks I Read While I Wasn’t Blogging: Audies Edition

I don’t usually do the “bite-sized book reviews” thing here. But after four months away, it’s probably the most efficient way to catch up! I’m updating my 2017 Book Review Index and reading record with these collected mini-reviews.  Granted, I didn’t do a TON of reading while I was gone. However, I did read too many books to write individual posts about each one. I don’t have the time–or quite frankly, the memory of some of […]

THE DEVIL AND WEBSTER by Jean Hanff Korelitz [Book Review]

THE DEVIL AND WEBSTER by Jean Hanff Korelitz [Book Review]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own. The Devil and Webster Written by Jean Hanff Korelitz Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 21st 2017 ISBN: 9781455592388 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Contemporary Women, Family Life Format: ARC Pages: 368 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers From the New York Times bestselling author of You Should Have Known and Admission, a twisty new […]

SETTING FREE THE KITES by Alex George [Shelf Awareness Book Review]

SETTING FREE THE KITES by Alex George [Shelf Awareness Book Review]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own. Setting Free the Kites Written by Alex George Published by Penguin on February 21st 2017 ISBN: 9780399162107 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: ARC Pages: 336 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers From the author of the “lyrical and compelling” (USA Today) novel A Good American comes a powerful story of two friends and the unintended […]

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah [Book Thoughts]

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah [Book Thoughts]

Born a Crime Written by Trevor Noah Audiobook read by Trevor Noah Published by Random House Publishing Group on November 15th 2016 ISBN: 9780399588174 Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs, Essays, Performing Arts Format: audiobook Pages: 304 Source: purchased Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at […]