On each review, I include a link to purchase the book I am reviewing. I go to a great effort to make sure I am providing the lowest price I can find for your convenience.
These are reviews sans spoilers. Nothing I hate more than knowing what happens and how it ends, unless I have already read it myself.
I am coming at all of my reviews from a female, white, educated, Midwestern, straight, liberal American with a Christian upbringing but currently atheist perspective because that is who I am. I am open and accepting of all types and kinds, as long as, you do not stomp on other people for any reason or tell them who they are: only they know who they are. I will try to review encompassing humanity. It’s a review, though, so it’s an opinion, my opinion. If I don’t like it, I don’t like it. If I love it, I love it. You do not have to share my opinion because that’s yours, but I will discuss!
I have a background in Literature’s of the world. Formal education mostly, and by mostly I mean primarily focused on things written originally in English, French, and Russian because I speak and read in those languages. So… American, British, Russian/Soviet, and French through which I had exposure to some African and Caribbean francophone authors. As I’ve gotten older, I’m trying to read works diverse in time, culture, theme, etc. I am always trying to find works and authors I haven’t heard of; please send them my way!
I read A LOT, so I want to post a review at least once a week.
For those who don’t want to read an in depth review or my whatever else leaks into this, I will start each review with the five basic need-to-knows. 1) Read (should you read this) will be yes or no. 2) Difficulty will be on a 1-5 scale. One being at the average high school level, at least what I perceive high school level to be. Five being it’s Chaucer and not even PhD’s find it easy. 3) Length will be on a 1-5 scale. One being under 150 pages. Two 150-300. Three 300-450. Four 450-600. Five 600+. You’re all brilliant, and could have figured it out! 4) Importance will be on a 1-5 scale. This is totally biased and absolutely arbitrarily based on how important I deem it to be in the grand scheme of the Literary Canon, the meaning of life, pop culture references, happiness, or bright and shining authors I think should be famous for their miraculous usage of lexical arrangement or enlightening insights into whatever I find scintillating. Five means you’ve for sure heard of it. Examples: Romeo and Juliet, 1984, Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina, The Three Musketeers, Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, Frankenstein. This list could go on. Books most people have heard of, and some have even read! 5) Quick Review. Fourish sentences saying it’s good or not, worth your time, funny/sad/serious/morbid/general category. Maybe a brief overview.
This is not formal. It is edited and curated by me. I will use big words and little words. I like words. I will make up words. Use words in nontraditional ways as well as syntax, and I’ll break some grammar rules because Virginia Woolf is an icon. It is on purpose, most of the time. Or I was tired, and my editor (me) was enjoying her tea too much therefore missing a few oopsies. Because (<– there’s a broken rule) I love words, almost all words, there will be very few off limits words-racial/gender/sexual slurs are always off limits, period. Also, I love semicolons. The oxford comma lives on in me.
I love feedback, suggestions, questions, discussion. If you comment, message, or contact me in anyway be respectful! If I’m disrespectful or condescending or in anyway dismissive of culture, sexuality, ethnicity, disabilities, and such please let me know! I do my best, but I can always learn. Just be kind!