January, February, and March 2019 flew by in a flash. Luckily it provided us with a pile of great books. There are ones I still haven’t gotten to personally, but here are a dozen I read and loved. Go Ahead in the Rain: Part biography, part cultural criticism. Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet-turned-music critic-turned-poet again. His… Read More Here are a dozen books from the first quarter of 2019 you should read
Near the end of 2018, the name debutiful popped into my head while sitting in the gray cubicle of my day job. The notion of starting a website dedicated to debut authors had been something I was ruminating over for a while. It wasn’t something I thought I’d do without sitting down to come up… Read More debutiful, a website dedicated to debut authors and their books
While it’s been easy to complain on Twitter how everything from politics to your love life sucked in 2018, it’s clear one aspect of life was amazing: literature. This was proven on a range from debut novels like Joseph Cassara’s The House of Impossible Beauties and R.O. Kwon’s The Incendiaries to tried and true wrtiers like Rebecca Makkai… Read More 50 books to consider for the first half of 2019
It’s only halfway through November, but I’m already done reading books published in 2018. I’m exhausted. Plus, I’m already diving into 2019 publications. Narrowing my favorite books to ten works of fiction with an additional ten non-fiction books was hard. Normally, I cop out and just list a few dozen books in alphabetical order. This… Read More 2018 in books
Today, I start working part-time my favorite bookstore – Changing Hands in Phoenix. I am incredibly stoked because I love bookstores. I often spend any free time that I need to kill at a local indie or at Barnes & Noble. I even worked at BN in Augusta, Maine and Tempe, Arizona (where I dated… Read More 50 fiction recommendations from the last 5 years
I was looking for a specific type of book in the summer of 2017. I asked the subreddit Suggest Me a Book “History of Drag. Any suggestions? Not biographies. But a cultural/sociological look into Drag Queen history and such. Thanks!” I wanted a definitive history to read like explored in the documentary Paris is Burning.… Read More Joseph Cassara illuminates the rise of drag culture in ‘The House of Impossible Beauties’
George Saunders and Jesmyn Ward are two of the largest Goliaths in the literary world right now. Saunders, a noted short story master, won the Man Booker for his first ever novel Lincoln in the Bardo. Ward, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Salvage the Bones, took home the award again for Sing,… Read More Man Booker and National Book Award winners offer advice on writing
Here’s everything a lot of things that I loved from 2017 so far. In one blog post. Instead of trying to get hits on my blog with a lot of different pages. I limited each category to five so I left a lot more that I love out. C’est la vie.
Here’s a secret I don’t tell many people: I hated Harry Potter at first. Or, I should say, I didn’t understand why Harry Potter was as good as it was.
Every two months, I’ll wrangle up ten of my favorite books that I’ve come across to recommend to friends and family (plus random internet strangers). These might range from books I think are the “best” to ones that just surprised me to authors I interviewed. You can read about my recommendations from January and February… Read More Ten books to read from 2017 (part 2 of 6)