She and Her Cat, by Makoto Shinkai and Naruki Nagakawa

If you have a cat, you must read this book.  If you don’t have a cat and don’t WANT to suddenly have a cat, definitely DON’T read this book.  If you hate cats, you won’t read this book anyway, so I suppose you’re safe there. She and Her Cat hooked me from page one with […]

Ordinary Bear, by C.B. Bernard

I was driving somewhere about three years ago (it was Target, who am I kidding, it’s always Target) when traffic came to a sudden stop.  Something was blocking the road about fifty feet ahead of me, causing cars to make a wide arc into oncoming traffic, which had also stopped.  When it was my time […]

The Story of Arthur Truluv, by Elizabeth Berg

If you’ve been teaching the apartheid in South Africa, the genocide in Rwanda, and the human rights violations of the chocolate industry in western Africa, then you absolutely should be reading The Story of Arthur Truluv at the end of your day.  But even if this hasn’t been your week, Berg’s novel is something everyone […]

Morning in this Broken World, by Katrina Kittle

Usually, when I get toward the end of a book I really like, I don’t want it to end.  You know that feeling, as the pages in your right hand start to thin and you have the urge to slow down and savor every paragraph.  Not so for Morning in this Broken World.  I thoroughly […]

Miss Benson’s Beetle, by Rachel Joyce

What to read when… …you need to feel there are still adventures to be had in this world.  I promise you that Miss Benson’s Beetle will make you want to quit your job, sell all your belongings, and hop a freight for the other side of the world.  The only issue there is that I […]

Weyward, by Emilia Hart

I finished this book last night and this morning I saved an ant who had crawled up into my kitchen sink.  Violet and her striped-leg spider, Goldie, are entirely to blame.  Normally there would have been a swift death by drowning, but thanks to this book, I carefully led the ant onto a paper towel […]

West with Giraffes, by Lynda Rutledge

If your summer plans don’t include a road trip with giraffes while being chased by a murderous traveling circus and falling in love with the wrong person, what are you even doing?  This book does an amazing job of pulling the reader out of our humdrum lives (or in Woody’s case, pulling him from a […]

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

What to Read When…you just need to breathe a bit. I’d just finished Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad which left me feeling…shaken (so much so that I still don’t know what to say about it; look for that blog post a little later).  I needed a book I could relax into.  Not something “light,” but […]