I have read a fair bit this year, and all kinds of books. I thought I’d review all of them in one sentence!
This was extremely weird, but I learned a bit about Jewish mysticism.
If I came from a different background, I would have appreciated this more; I don’t agree with all of it, but I think it widens the Overton window for discussions of sexuality in North American Christianity.
I didn’t really need to read this but I appreciated Spufford’s compassionate faith, and love the idea of emotional logic.
I read this because I was on a tramp and had nothing else to read but it was utterly dreadful, cliched, and boring.
An overdone metaphor, but exquisite writing makes up for a lot.
I liked this more than Starry Eyes, and it made me want to run around Seattle.
A friend gave me this for my birthday, and Rebecca Solnit is brilliant and galvanising.
Adults are dumb, and this rom-com was painless but predictable.
I learned a lot about how broken the North American church is, although it didn’t feel very profound.
Super inspiring, compassionate journalism that made me want to venture into hurting places and tell more stories.
Short story collections are inevitably a mixed bag, but good ones like this remind me of the possibilities of petite fiction.
Okay, this book has a political agenda and is low on plot, but it filled me with hope and gladness, and if you are afraid of apocalypse and societal transformation, read it (pairs well with Hope in the Dark!).
Perfectly grand in scope, truly one of the best fantasy books of all time.
A sugary sweet dessert of delight.
Laini Taylor makes her world work in all this glorious intricacy, i think this is the most complex book of the trilogy.
War is bad, and violence perpetuates itself, and with great courage reconciliation is possible, and there is enough plot threads to choke on.
I read enough ~environmental news~ that this wasn’t too surprising, but presented compellingly and still useful.
It took me years to read this, and like all time travel books, the plot was a bit twisty but still a solid adventure.
More boring and less developed than I remember!
Very sweet and fun without being provoking.
Provocative, lovely, attentive solace.
Family and friendship and love in small town New Zealand (although one really problematic scene with a Māori character).
Injustice is real, but this book is a (lengthy) hoot.
I actually wrote a whole review, I love non-fiction essays.
Very compelling and fast, which surprised me, and helped me understand religious movements in 19th century England.
I loved all the reflecting about the future, and also this is a straight up delightful adventure.
reading this has helped me not move to London and take a lot of drugs in my 20’s, and also I want to cherish my friends more.
This book is one of my happy places.
Let’s traumatize the main character more by explaining to her why she’s so traumatized!
Life is too short to read short story collections this depressing (or maybe I’m not literary enough).
Teenagers are idiots (said the 20 year old), but seriously Ever pull yourself together and rebel more creatively.
I want to get lost more; I want to pay attention to the world better.
do you like short reviews? have you read any of these?