Reading Local: Nova Scotia

Late in August, we headed north. We had rented a cottage on the Southern Shores of Nova Scotia for our end-of-summer vacation. There was no phone, no TV, and no Wifi. Instead, we got seals, beautiful deserted beaches, and s’mores every night. It was pure bliss. Thanks to Naomi’s help during the planning stage and her way-too-short visit…

Can We Predict the Next Bestseller?

I am finally over my reading slump, and I am determined to tackle my writing slump in order to get back into this blogging business. After all, I’ve got lots of good books to tell you about. But let’s start with a little discussion first. If you for some reason subscribe to the newsletter of…

Catching Up on 12 Germans in 2016

I’m a bit embarrassed that I’ve let my own reading challenge slip, but it is what it is. Thankfully, August is Women in Translation Month and my chance to catch up. So here’s the plan: You will have my review of Jurek Becker’s Jacob the Liar at the end of July, and in August, I’ll…

The Book That Made My Slump Worse: Just Mercy

It’s been a while since I last visited my own blog. I’ve been feeling rather depressed lately, and I just couldn’t muster any enthusiasm for reading or writing. As you can imagine, that just made me feel worse. Books are my escape from the real world, and I’ve been miserable not being able to enjoy…

Beautiful Ape Girl Baby, Heather Fowler

When Melanie at Grab the Lapels asked me if I wanted to take part in a blog tour for a book called Beautiful Ape Girl Baby, I agreed mainly because of the book’s title. It’s unusual—as unusual as the novel’s premise: Born with the looks and violence of a primate, Beautiful is raised on a…

Recommended Reading for Anytime

I have Naz and his Diverse Books tag to thank for some wonderful time browsing my book shelves. For each of his prompts, I’ve listed one book I’ve read and one I would like to read. Find a book starring a lesbian character. Read: Frog Music, Emma Donoghue (“lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among…