My Life With Bob

The best books, especially memoirs, I think, tell you about yourself in a way you never could articulate before. At least that’s why I’ve always read books. I read in order to figure out a way to express myself a little better. I’m a hoarder in this way. I’m constantly mining books for new phrases,… Continue reading My Life With Bob

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The Book of Joe

I’m always looking for better ways to learn about our political system. It’s something that affects each and every one of us, and yet can be so complex that often it’s easier to turn a blind eye. As someone who is interested yet often confused by politics, The Book of Joe was a refreshing read.… Continue reading The Book of Joe

Review by Ashley Simon

Often Clueless, Always Shoeless

Read the whole review here!

In particular, I loved her impression of my dear, darling Willow

“And finally, there’s Willow Ayers. Willow likes to think of himself as an ordinary guy who loves fantasy novels. But he’s also the guy who invented Unitime. And when the system breaks down, people everywhere turn their eyes to him. He’s the only one who can fix Unitime and restore order to their world. But Willow’s in hiding, and he doesn’t seem to be making a whole lot of progress. In fact, some people would say he doesn’t really want Unitime to be fixed at all. Or does he?”

  • Ashley Simon, Online Book Club reviewer

With a novel as unusual as ABWD, it just warms my heart when I see a reviewer who really understands what I was attempting, and seems to have taken something positive away from the experience. 

 

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The Shoeman Curse by Chris A. MacKinnon

When Chris reached out asking if I would read and review his debut novel, The Shoeman Curse, I agreed to take a look at the PDF, not quite sure what to expect. But within a few pages, I was hooked! You can read the rest of my thoughts below or hop over to Chris' website to check out The… Continue reading The Shoeman Curse by Chris A. MacKinnon

A Book Without Dragons by Olivia Berrier

Confession time: I was not expecting to like A Book Without Dragons. Sci-fi isn't usually my genre. But as the title implies, this isn't your ordinary fantasy! Here's an excerpt of my review over at OnlineBookClub: [I]t’s the year 2054. Thanks to a satellite system known as Unitime, cars run on Refined Solar Energy instead of… Continue reading A Book Without Dragons by Olivia Berrier

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Reading a memoir is a bit like stalking someone on Facebook. You might feel a little guilty but that probably won't stop you from hungrily searching through the private parts of their life. I'm fascinated by this genre—and even hope to write a memoir someday myself—so I found The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr… Continue reading The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

More Review-y News

I've been writing for OnlineBookClub.org for a few weeks now, and I've finally earned the ability to do paid reviews! Check out my latest review over the delightfully whimsical children's story Farmer Beau's Farm. I've also been given the opportunity to participate in something called The First Ten. Every day, OnlineBookClub sends an email with their Book… Continue reading More Review-y News

Everything I Never Told You

Just finished this book by Celeste Ng. I picked it up after seeing it referenced in a review of Chemistry, Weike Wang's debut novel released in 2017. (I'm w orking on an official review of the latter. Hoping to get it published soon.) Everything I Never Told You was a riveting read. It's. The novel begins with the… Continue reading Everything I Never Told You

Writing for Online Book Club

I’ve recently started writing book reviews for OnlineBookClub.org. So far, it’s been a great experience. I thought I’d share some thoughts on the process with my book-loving friends. The books are free as long as you write an honest review. And once you’ve been doing it for a while, you even have the chance to… Continue reading Writing for Online Book Club

Half of a Yellow Sun

I'm three-quarters of the way through this novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The book follows the lives of three key characters leading up to and during the Nigerian Civil War in the 1960s, as Biafra struggles to establish an independent republic in Nigeria. Quite a bit of the political commentary has gone over my head, but… Continue reading Half of a Yellow Sun