Category: Reviews

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Posted February 9, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

3.5 Stars. I read this at a very appropriate time because I’ve recently been getting the strange sensation that I’m living in the wrong timeline! 😉  I’m going to avoid specific details about the story’s path, but here’s a review summary for those who don’t want to know as little as possible: The tone is […]

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

Posted February 8, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Desperation Road  by Michael Farris Smith

Maben’s life has been plagued with bad relationships and addiction. She and her young daughter are making the long journey back to her hometown of McComb, Mississippi, in hopes of a second chance. Low on cash, Maben nearly slips back into old habits to make a few bucks. She stops herself at the last second, […]

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Posted February 3, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 2 Comments
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

How silly it is to assume that what we’re dealing with is not something that will, in turn, deal with us. Sharon and Mel met while attending the same art program in college and have worked together ever since. Ten years later, their careers have taken off with Nashville Combat, an animated feature based on […]

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

Posted February 1, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

Five years ago, a neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin as he was walking back to the residence he was staying at with his father. The shooter was quickly released, but Trayvon’s parents fought to have him tried in a court of law: “We’re not looking for revenge. We’re looking for justice—the […]

Human Acts by Han Kang

Posted January 25, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 2 Comments
Human Acts by Han Kang

Another powerful book by Han Kang, author of The Vegetarian. After you died I could not hold a funeral, And so my life became a funeral. Some historical background: After 18 years of authoritarian rule, South Korean President Park Chung-hee was assassinated on October 26, 1979. Hopes for democracy were dashed when Army Major General […]

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Posted January 21, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Empathetic, honest, and emotional. A gorgeously illustrated memoir of a woman who looks to the past to understand her parents and her complicated relationship with them. In 1978, Thi Bui’s parents fled South Vietnam with three young children and one on the way. The Best We Could Do tells the story of them growing up […]

The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt

Posted January 17, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt

3.5 Stars. High school senior Gretchen Asher’s life changed forever the night she was attacked. She has lived in fear for the past six months. One day, she has a panic attack after seeing a young man who resembles her attacker. She realizes it couldn’t possibly be the same person, so she finds him to […]

Unf*ck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman

Posted January 15, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Unf*ck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman

I was about to start a marathon cleaning session, but thankfully this book came along. Marathon cleaning is a big no-no and I get caught in that cycle too often! The UFYH method says if you spend a few minutes a day on chores, you’ll save time, reduce your anxiety, and build lifelong habits. I loved […]

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Posted January 12, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Twenty-one short stories about flawed, complex individuals who might typically be reduced to dismissive categories. I can’t say I enjoyed reading Difficult Women, but I’m glad I read it. One of the many things that Gay excelled at was creating fully-formed characters and relationships in just a few pages. I felt like I intimately knew […]

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Posted January 10, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Kindred is the tale of a black woman who is repeatedly transported from her 1970s apartment to antebellum Maryland. The main reason I requested the adaptation was so that I would finally force myself to read the full-length novel. I’m so glad I did because it ended up being one of my favorites last year! […]