I've basically been on an informal hiatus, given my infrequent updates.
I'm really struggling with whether to continue this blog or not.
I love reading but find writing reviews a chore -- and haven't been able to find a way to write about the books I'm reading in a way that doesn't feel like a chore. Worse, I never read other blogs anymore and am really feeling the lack of connection. I'm so grateful for those who still swing by to comment and I'm really aware that I'm not reciprocating!
I'm also trying to figure out what my place is in the book blogging world, as a white, cishet woman. (Same with the historical fiction sphere, especially as romance and sci-fi/fantasy have their own reckoning.) (If there are anti-racist white bloggers out there interested in getting together to think about how to leverage our privilege for change and check ourselves, let me know!) I've been back-and-forth-ing about whether to continue on social media; I feel like …
Elizabeth's stomach churned. To be so ambushed, first thing in the day.
Austen's classic novel of manners, marriage, obligation, misunderstandings, poor judgments and well-founded ones is well-served by Maria Grace's imaginings of how society would respond to a world with dragons. It is not merely a retelling with lizards thrown in but a story with new threads of tension and complications that make Lizzie and Darcy's dislike of each other novel and real -- and something that must be urgently overcome.
Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Jane Austen's Dragons, Book 1) by Maria Grace; Narrated by Benjamin Fife
Review copy for Audiobookworm Promotions Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
Pride and Prejudice isn't my favorite Austen novel which means I seriously love P&P re-tellings and variations. (Ayesha at Last is one of the best bestest, btw, so if you haven't read it, read it now!) I found myself inst…
The best arguments in the world won't change a person's mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story.
A book club pick I was pretty unenthusiastic about: prize winners always disappoint me, and I am impatient with fiction by white men. Intellectually I understand the dangers of climate change but find myself unable to connect with stories about it. This book felt like it would be a slog.
The opening vignettes intrigued me -- they were great! -- but I just could not fathom how they would encompass 502 pages when each one was such a brief, and seemingly complete, sliver.
I should be less judgy, I know.
The Overstory by Richard Powers
W.W. Norton & Company, 2019
Powers pulled together these small slivers into a book that hit me with surprising impact, a story that left me breathless and a little teary. As a tween who was obsessed with the radical environmental activists of the 1980s and 1990s who grew into an organizer whose work with Greenpea…