Educated

I read the entirety of Tara Westover’s memoir Educated in an anxious fit. My heart twisting and my muscles tensed in response to her own paralysis as she navigates her violent and dysfunctional family dynamics from child to adult. Born into a large fundamentalist Mormon family Westover grew up believing the End of Days doctrine…

The Power

I really really wanted to love this book. Naomi Alderman had a winning pitch with the exploration of what would happen if teen girls all over the world could suddenly channel an electric force, and awaken that power in older women as well. Just writing that I’m like YAS QUEEN, but the book itself never…

Thrill me, thrill me

It’s the day after Halloween and I feel compelled to share something spooky. I never was one for murder mysteries in the past but in the last few years I’m drawn to thrillers, the suspense is killing me. The latest I’ve consumed is Final Girls by Riley Sager. Where normally I can sniff out an…

2015: A year in reading

(*) = a pick for top 10 of 2015 January The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters Landline by Rainbow Rowell The Fever by Megan Abbott Shopaholic to the Stars  by Sophie Kinsella The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner I’m just getting my bearings working at…

Season’s readings

I wrote a gift guide for just about everyone on your list this year (or any year really). Give them to your shitty brother-in-law, your sad friend, a cool chick you know, any dumb kid and your favourite aspiring writer: Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies Give this book to a friend stuck in a shitty…

2014: A year in reading

January: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Lazy Days by Erlend Loe It’s always colder than I remember. I finally read JK Rowling’s foray into mystery wondering why she needed to publish it under a male pen name. It’s the year of #ReadWomen2014 and…

The Interestings, life, love and not knowing anything at all, ever

We get bound up in each other. It’s inevitable. That’s what makes life interesting—the push and pull of people, especially the ones that you yearn for in one way or another, although not always the way that they want. We make promises in our youth that lack the follow through of day-to-day living. We love…

Love Water Memory

I review Love Water Memory over at The Coast: “Jennie Shortridge’s fifth novel takes pains to find sure footing but seems to stumble its way towards a climax. The characters are less well-rounded or real as they are sketches for a made-for-TV movie. Still, there’s something in a light read that strives for depth, not…

On growing apart, Girls and Friends Like Us

She suggests we become pen pals, though we live only a twenty-minute walk from each other, and suddenly it seems like my best friends are always screens, stamps, and several failed plans away. Like I woke up one morning and we suddenly stopped making time for each other. Or maybe it was always that way…

My Top 12 Books of 2012 (published this year)

I’m not usually a fan of end of year lists as much as people seem to make them, especially since, when it comes to books, there’s almost no way that you (or at least I) can get to every book in my to-read pile, especially considering a lot of the books I want to read…