Exploring the darker sides of American History in ‘After the Bloom’ by Leslie Shimotakahara

Exploring the darker sides of American History in ‘After the Bloom’ by Leslie Shimotakahara

Title: After the Bloom Author: Leslie Shimotakahara Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Dundurn Press Release Date: 09 May 2017 Length: 324 pages Source: eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Available in Paperback   Japanese internment camps aren't something that gets brought up often (if ever) when we look back on American history. If [...]

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The importance of reading outside your comfort zone

The importance of reading outside your comfort zone

It's officially December, which means it's officially "best of" season. I thought that's what this blog post would be: a round-up of the best things I read this year. My favorite books aren't what's important. A great blog filler, sure, but it's what I learned from them is what really matters. Normally I'm an upmarket/literary fiction [...]

ARC Review: The Girls by Emma Cline

Author: Emma Cline Source: eARC via NetGalley Publisher: Random House Publication Date: 14 June 2016 Rating: 5/5 Stars Summary: Girls—their vulnerability, strength, and passion to belong—are at the heart of this stunning first novel for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad.   Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. [...]