Hollow Kingdom

Hollow Kingdom

Rating: 4.5/5 | When I heard that this was an apocolyptic comedy narrated by a sweary-mouthed crow, I wasn't sure what to expect. Still, this wasn't it. Sometimes the summary blurb on a book does the perfect job of summing it up — in the case of Hollow Kingdom, those words are "a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp." (Click the post to read more.)

Ninth House (Ninth House Series, #1)

Ninth House (Ninth House Series, #1)

Rating: 4.5/5 | I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I have loved all of Leigh Bardugo's past books, and while I knew that Ninth House was going to be really, really different, I trusted her to bring me something great. And both of those things are true: This book was WAY different than any of her other books, and it was also great work. (Click the post to read more.)

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

Rating: 4.5/5 | A Darker Shade of Magic is a breath of fresh air in the fantasy genre. Don't get me wrong, I love fantasy, but this one was just so light (in writing style, not subject matter) and enchanting and magical. I instantly fell in love with the world and its characters — even the bad ones. (Click the post to read more.)

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States

Rating: 5/5 | I chose Real Queer America for my office's Pride Month book club. I wanted to read something by either a cisgender woman or a transgender person, and I wanted to spark conversation about experiences that even our very diverse team had not considered before. This. book. was. it. Samantha Allen's prose is clear and impactful, yet warm and fun. I'm so, so glad I read it, and I can't wait to talk about it more. (Click the post to read more.)