Gotta Buy This Book · Nonfiction Books I Love

‘About a Mountain’ by John D’Agata

. . .if we linger long enough with anything, the truth of its significance is bound to be revealed. For whatever reason, I feel like John D'Agata wrote a very personal message when he signed my copy of About a Mountain, though in reality, 'To Kameron, from whom I expect great things,' is rather generic.… Continue reading ‘About a Mountain’ by John D’Agata

Advertisements
Fiction Books I Love · Gotta Buy This Book

The Last Days of Oscar Wilde by John Vanderslice

I have to admit: I'm biased when it comes to The Last Days of Oscar Wilde. John Vanderslice is one of my professors, so I was determined to read the book even if I hated it. But, lucky for me, the book is beautiful and heartbreaking. I have known Oscar Wilde the author and playwright… Continue reading The Last Days of Oscar Wilde by John Vanderslice

Gotta Buy This Book · Short Story Collections I Love

‘The Redemption of Galen Pike’ by Carys Davies

 I have Nightbird Books to thank for this lovely short story collection because without them, I never would have found it. The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies contains stories that never quite go the way you expect them to, stories that I felt the need to sit with and linger over, stories that… Continue reading ‘The Redemption of Galen Pike’ by Carys Davies

Gotta Buy This Book · YA Books I Love

‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern

I've read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern before. I'm not sure when, exactly, but I'm pretty sure it was in high school. I absolutely loved this book. In re-reading it, I still loved it, even though moments I remembered as being incredible fell flat and moments I didn't remember at all struck me as profound. Yes,… Continue reading ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern

Gotta Buy This Book · Nonfiction Books I Love

‘Locking Up Our Own’ by James Forman Jr.

The thing about a book like Locking Up Our Own is that it can leave you feeling a tad helpless. Not that James Forman Jr. didn't try his best. The call to action at the end of the book is lovely. But it's not a particularly uplifting read (hence it's pairing with beer instead of the usual… Continue reading ‘Locking Up Our Own’ by James Forman Jr.

Gotta Buy This Book · Short Story Collections I Love

‘The Visiting Privilege’ by Joy Williams

I'll be honest: I have not read every single short story in The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams. But, I don't think I have to read every single one to say that this is a collection worth having. I've actually met Joy Williams in all of her sunglass wearing, leather-skinned, intimidating as hell glory. I attended… Continue reading ‘The Visiting Privilege’ by Joy Williams

Gotta Buy This Book · Nonfiction Books I Love

‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz

 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a bit unusual in that it's not exactly creative nonfiction. It's more of a self-help type thing. Is that usually what I post about on this blog? Nope. But I'm a writer with a zero percent acceptance rate right now. I could use a little help. As always, I… Continue reading ‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz