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The Sympathizer (Viet Thanh Nguyen)

The Sympathizer is a smart, thoughtful exploration of the complex ways war affects those caught up in it. Satirical to the core, Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel takes on everything from Hollywood to memory, and does so with aplomb. A memorable read from start to finish, and…

The Girl At the Baggage Claim (Gish Jen)

Check out my review of this thought-provoking book on The Arts Fuse here!

A Bundle of Books

There’s a reason this blog’s subtitle is “addicted to stories” and this pile of books is the proof. Here’s what happened: I went on a little vacation to Edinburgh, London, and Paris. I discovered several amazing bookstores (my overall favorite: Daunt Books Marylebone). And, of…

Alice & Red Queen (Christina Henry)

I have to confess that I was initially drawn to these books because of their striking covers. Luckily for me, the stories encased by those covers are every bit as haunting and delectable as the artwork adorning their exteriors. It must be disclaimed that these…

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (Helen Oyeyemi)

This extraordinary collection has become one of my all-time favorites!! I’m not typically a short story buff, since I read predominantly for characters and have a hard time getting invested in such a short span of pages…but Oyeyemi’s thoughtful prose is not your ordinary short…

Uprooted (Naomi Novik)

Unusual. Inventive. Captivating. That just about sums up this unexpected novel for me. I picked it up while browsing my local bookstore in search of something — anything — that would satiate my literary appetite, which has been off the charts this month. Well, I’m…

Graceling Realm Series (Kristen Cashore)

I recently stumbled upon a captivating young adult fantasy series by Kristen Cashore and subsequently devoured all 1471 pages of it in less than a week. These books, meant to be companion books rather than works in a chronological trilogy, were delicious. The friend of…

The Gospel of Z (Stephen Graham Jones)

What can I say about The Gospel of Z? How’s this for a start: it was awesome. What a tasty read! Zombies, organized religion and the military fighting for power, love (romantic, parental, brotherly), post-apocalyptical remnants of society, bioengineering and biological warfare…did I mention the zombies? Somehow,…

The Last Final Girl (Stephen Graham Jones)

The Last Final Girl is a pretty far cry from the sort of stuff I typically read: a slasher “film” in novel form, Stephen Graham Jones’ thrilling book reads like a screenplay, complete with camera angles, shot types, and soundtrack details. I have the loosest…

Not For Nothing (Stephen Graham Jones)

I’m beginning to think Stephen Graham Jones is a literary chameleon. Not for Nothing is an interesting read that will carry you along so quickly you won’t want to set the book down. (The same can be said for every book of his I’ve read so far.)…