Fever Dream

Author: Samanta Schweblin Translator: Megan McDowell Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2017 (English) I read it: May 2018 I read four titles from the 2018 Tournament of Books, the most I’ve gotten around to from any one year of the competition. I didn’t even know Dear Cyborgs was in the running, and I was lukewarm on…

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Author: Ned Vizzini Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2006 I read it: April 2018 I didn’t know a thing about this book or the author, so I caught up quickly with Rachel Cohn’s foreword. Turns out, Ned Vizzini spent five days at an adult psychiatric hospital, wrote this book immediately afterward (all of it within a…

News of the World

Author: Paulette Jiles Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2016 I read it: April 2018 In the years after the Civil War, the state of Texas was still defining itself, split as it was amongst settled towns, outlaw stretches of road, contentious local politics, and a good chunk of open country that made up the wild west.…

Exit West

Author: Mohsin Hamid Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2017 I read it: April 2018 Exit West, a novel by an author new to me, and one garnering great praise, the book, that is, not the author, although he too, I would assume, has also gathered praise independent of this publication, is the story of two young…

Lincoln in the Bardo

Author: George Saunders Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2017 I read it: April 2018 When I knew that a new Saunders story was coming, I should have known what was coming. I should have known that he would pierce to the center of pain with the self-assigned task to crawl back up from it to grasp…

The Golden Compass

Author: Philip Pullman Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: His Dark Materials (#1) Published: 1995 I read it: March 2018 (re-read) How is it that everything in The Golden Compass just feels so perfectly in place? The story ticks like clockwork. Or compasswork. It’s probably the fact that Philip Pullman has raw storytelling skill. I’ve…

A Wind in the Door

Author: Madeleine L’Engle Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: Time Quintet (#2) Published: 1973 I read it: March 2018 A Wind in the Door has stepped up to fit the bill of what I wanted from a sequel to A Wrinkle in Time: it tells its own story, with almost no reference to the events…