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The Book Stop · 1d ago

2018 Reading Challenges: a First Quarter Progress Check

With 2018 just over a quarter of the way through, I’ve decided to write about progress on my (too) many reading challenges. One of my favorite challenges this year is the Read Harder Challen...
The Book Stop · 5d ago

Review of Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

I enjoyed this book more than I expected to, mainly because the stories are a surprising combination of everyday life, tragedy, and humor.  The stories focus…
The Book Stop · 1W ago

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: Two Nebula Nominees

Today’s reviews are about two books on the Nebula Award finalist list. The Nebula Awards recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the…
The Book Stop · 1W ago

Adventures in Book Clubbing

I decided in the beginning of the year to look for a book club, as a way to meet new people and talk to people in…
The Book Stop · 2W ago

Review of The Vain Conversation by Anthony Grooms

This was a very intense read, and a thoughtful one.  Grooms takes us into the minds of three characters who are involved in a mass lynching…
The Book Stop · 2W ago

My March Reading Wrap-Up

I read a lot in March, although some of that was for work (I’ve counted the books here because they were interesting, and I’ll write about…
The Book Stop · 3W ago

Review of The Red Word by Sarah Henstra

In the thought-provoking The Red Word, Sarah Henstra explores rape culture on college campuses, particularly in fraternity houses.  Narrator Karen Huls arrives at an unnamed Ivy League…
The Book Stop · 3W ago

Top Ten Books Set in Other Countries

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about favorite books set in another country.  I’ve been reading a lot of books…
The Book Stop · 3W ago

Review of Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

I read Pachinko for a book club and also for my Reading All Around the World challenge.  This book was also listed frequently as one of…
The Book Stop · 4W ago

Review of The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg

This book is an often-disturbing look at some classic children’s tales.  If you’ve read much children’s literature, you know many of these stories are pretty creepy…