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 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 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 […]

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 […]

WE ARE UNPREPARED by Meg Little Reilly [Book Thoughts]

WE ARE UNPREPARED by Meg Little Reilly [Book Thoughts]

We Are Unprepared Written by Meg Little Reilly Published by Mira Books on August 30th 2016 ISBN: 9780778319436 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: ARC Pages: 368 Source: publisher Meg Little Reilly places a young couple in harm’s way—both literally and emotionally—as they face a cataclysmic storm that threatens to decimate their Vermont town, and the Eastern Seaboard in her penetrating debut novel, WE ARE UNPREPARED. Ash and Pia move from hipster Brooklyn to rustic Vermont in […]

THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD by Jade Chang [Audiobook]

THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD by Jade Chang [Audiobook]

The Wangs vs. the World Written by Jade Chang Audiobook read by Nancy Wu Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on October 4th 2016 ISBN: 9780544734203 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Asian American Format: audiobook Pages: 336 Source: purchased THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD is an outrageously funny tale about a wealthy Chinese-American family that “loses it all, then takes a healing, uproarious road trip across the United States” (Entertainment Weekly). Their spectacular fall from riches to rags […]

CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD by Caroline Leavitt [Book Thoughts]

CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD by Caroline Leavitt [Book Thoughts]

Cruel Beautiful World Written by Caroline Leavitt Published by Algonquin Books on October 4th 2016 ISBN: 9781616203634 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: ARC Pages: 352 Source: publisher Sixteen-year-old Lucy Gold is about ;to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. As Lucy’s default parent for most of their lives, Charlotte has seen […]

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue [Audiobook Thoughts]

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue [Audiobook Thoughts]

Behold the Dreamers Written by Imbolo Mbue Audiobook read by Prentice Onayemi Published by Random House Publishing Group on August 23rd 2016 ISBN: 9780812998498 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: audiobook Pages: 416 Source: public library via Overdrive A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy […]

SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult [Book Thoughts]

SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own. Small Great Things Written by Jodi Picoult Published by Ballantine Books on October 11th 2016 ISBN: 9781444788013 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Adult Fiction Format: ARC Pages: 480 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth […]

BERTRAND COURT by Michelle Brafman [Book Thoughts]

BERTRAND COURT by Michelle Brafman [Book Thoughts]

Bertrand Court Written by Michelle Brafman Published by Prospect Park Books on September 6th 2016 ISBN: 9781938849794 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Contemporary, Family Life Format: ARC Pages: 264 Source: publisher Bertrand Court is a captivating novel told in story form, intertwining seventeen luminous narratives about the secrets of a cast of politicos, filmmakers, and housewives, all tied to a suburban Washington, DC, cul-de-sac. Linked through bloodlines and grocery lines, they respond to life’s bruises by grabbing […]

COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett [Book Thoughts]

COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett [Book Thoughts]

Commonwealth Written by Ann Patchett Published by HarperCollins on September 13th 2016 ISBN: 9780062491817 Genres: Fiction, Family Life, Literary Format: ARC Pages: 336 Source: publisher The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives. One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, […]