Kaur succeeds in taking both the most difficult parts of being a woman (rape, abuse, heartbreak) and the most excruciatingly beautiful (falling in love – with both yourself and another) and making them into short, one- or two-page poems that perfectly capture the feelings associated with these phenomena.
I LOVED this collection. Stephen King is one of my favorites, but sometimes his novels are longer than I think necessary and I get a little discouraged in the middle (I’m thinking of ‘Salem’s Lot). But this paperback collection of four novellas (that happen to have inspired some of my favorite movies) was the perfect pace.
This is by far one of my favorites releases of 2017 — this book is so incredibly timely and relevant and necessary. In addition, Thomas made this book captivating, and Starr is one of the best protagonists I’ve read in a while. Her inner dialogue poses many questions I found myself asking as I was reading it, and I appreciated that Thomas anticipated her readers having those questions.
The Shining was one of my first exposures to Stephen King, and still remains one of my favorite books. I didn’t read Doctor Sleep for several years after its release because I was worried it wouldn’t hold a flame to The Shining, but I’m happy to report that it was very enjoyable — independent of its predecessor.
I really can’t say enough about this book. Dead Reckoning is Atcheson’s first foray into the world of narrative nonfiction, and it’s incredibly effective. This really is The Perfect Storm meets Into the Wild, and Atcheson’s reflective asides and telling of the story to fishing buddies was what made this one for me.
I had a really hard time getting into this book, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. Moriarty relies heavily on school mothers being mean and catty to each other, and it was difficult to swallow the way her females characters treat each other (not to mention how certain husbands treat their wives).
Gabby Sidibe is inspirational, smart, and funny, and she tells her story (so far) in This Is Just My Face with just the right amount of modesty, sass, and straight-up education.
Finkel tells the story of Christopher Knight, who lived alone in the woods for 27 years, reportedly uttering only one syllable in the time between his abandonment of society and his capture.