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The Book Stop · 5d ago

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis I’ve been wanting to read something by Connie Willis for a while now.  In April I went to an exhibit of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in Seattle...
The Book Stop · 1W ago

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named it the best play of 1959. I read this powerful work for the Cla...
The Book Stop · 1W ago

The Power of the Debut Novel

Last month I read two fantastic books that were the authors’ debut novels (The Hate U Give and The Leavers). That got me thinking about other great first novels I’ve read, which got me to th...
The Book Stop · 2W ago

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

I read this book for the Read Around the World challenge, where a specific country is selected for each month.  May’s selection was Colombia.  Vasquez is a noted author in Colombia, having w...
The Book Stop · 2W ago

My 20 Books of Summer

746 Books is once again hosting Twenty Books of Summer, which is a good way to think about and organize my summer reading.  I hope I’ll be able to cover more than 20 books by September 3, bu...
The Book Stop · 3W ago

May Reading Wrap-up

May was an eventful month, beginning with a DC blogger happy hour, Zezee with Books, and Grace from Books without Any Pictures.  It was awesome to meet them and I look forward to hearing mor...
The Book Stop · 3W ago

The Long Drop by Denise Mina

This was a really interesting novel about a real-life serial killer in Scotland in the 1950’s.  I say interesting because it wasn’t quite like anything else I’ve read.  It’s not a mystery or...
The Book Stop · 4W ago

Reading the Bailey’s Longlist: The Lonely Hearts Hotel and The Gustav Sonata

Both of these books were on this year’s Bailey’s Prize for Women longlist, although neither made it to the shortlist (in addition to Hag-Seed). The winner of the Bailey’s Prize will be annou...
The Book Stop · 1M ago

Literary Links: looking for some good science fiction and fantasy?

Warm weather means outdoor reading, and if you’re looking to pick up some new science fiction or fantasy, these links will help. If you’re looking to diversify or change up your science fict...
The Book Stop · 1M ago

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

This was a difficult book to review, because it’s 1) about slavery, which is hard to talk about; and 2) it won the Pulitzer Prize.  So I’m a bit intimidated, but I’ll give you my thoughts. T...