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 […]

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 […]

THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett [Book Thoughts]

THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett [Book Thoughts]

The Mothers Written by Brit Bennett Audiobook read by Adenrele Ojo Published by Penguin on October 11th 2016 ISBN: 9780399184536 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: audiobook Pages: 288 Source: purchased Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret. “All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to […]

Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking With the Shockaholic Princess Diarist

Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking With the Shockaholic Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist Written by Carrie Fisher Audiobook read by carrie fisher, billie lourd Published by Blue Rider Press on October 18th 2016 ISBN: 0399173595 Genres: Nonfiction, Personal Memoirs, Popular Culture Format: audiobook Pages: 257 Source: purchased The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie. When Carrie Fisher recently discovered […]

THIS IS NOT OVER by Holly Brown [Book Thoughts]

THIS IS NOT OVER by Holly Brown [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own. This Is Not Over Written by Holly Brown Published by William Morrow, HarperCollins on January 17th 2017 ISBN: 9780062456830 Genres: Fiction, Suspense Format: ARC Pages: 400 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers When 30-year-old Dawn reads Miranda’s email, she sees red. People have always told Dawn she’s beautiful, and she just hopes they don’t […]

THIS IS THE STORY OF YOU by Beth Kephart [Book Thoughts]

THIS IS THE STORY OF YOU by Beth Kephart [Book Thoughts]

This Is the Story of You Written by Beth Kephart Published by Chronicle Books on April 12th 2016 ISBN: 9781452142845 Genres: Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, General Format: ebook Pages: 264 Source: purchased On Haven, a six-mile long, half-mile-wide stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her Year-Rounder friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But then a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, upending all logic and stranding Mira’s mother and brother on […]