Diverse Reading Challenge – My Recs so Far

Two of my favourite bookstagrammers, livs_little_library and sazloureads, are doing a ‘Diverse Reading’ challenge to encourage bookstagrammers to read a wider variety of authors and perspectives. Taking a look at the prompts, I decided I’d make a post of some of the recommendations I have so far – and next I’ll be doing a postContinue reading “Diverse Reading Challenge – My Recs so Far”

War Paint by J.J. Maya (NetGalley Review)

3/5 stars Sometimes you need a book that feels like an escape, and in many ways, War Paint by J.J. Maya fulfills that need–a sassy heroine and a predictable-yet-fun plot makes this book feel like watching a romcom on a lazy Sunday with a steamy mug of tea. Basically, this book is capital-F Fluff, whichContinue reading “War Paint by J.J. Maya (NetGalley Review)”

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

4/5 stars I remember in the fall of 2017 when the rumblings of the #MeToo movement were first beginning (well, actually, the movement started way before that, but fall 2017 was when the movement really started to take hold in the public consciousness). Most of the men named meant nothing to me, or were soContinue reading “My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell”

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman

4/5 stars I will devour any nonfiction related to reclusive communities of any stripe – I can’t get enough. So after whizzing through the Netflix series Unorthodox back when we thought quarantine was gonna be over by like, April (ha), I decided to check out Deborah Feldman’s memoir exploring her upbringing in the rigid OrthodoxContinue reading “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman”

Sounds Like Titanic by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

5/5 stars Who, among us, doesn’t love a good scam? Whether it’s Fyre Fest or the Grifter Heiress, I can’t get enough. So when I heard about the premise of Sounds Like Titanic, I almost began frothing at the mouth to get a copy. Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, raised in West Virginia, dreamed of becoming aContinue reading “Sounds Like Titanic by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman”

Sea Wife by Amity Gaige

4/5 stars The premise of this book maybe sounded a bit more foreign before Covid-19–imagine being stuck in a small confined space with your family!–but honestly, this made Gaige’s novel all the more compelling. Juliet and Michael (who met at Kenyon College, my alma mater, and this comes up a lot throughout the book–even thoughContinue reading “Sea Wife by Amity Gaige”

The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee

4/5 stars The best books set in a particular city or country will make you want to book a flight immediately–and in a time when we can’t quite jet across the world yet, reading is all we have for the moment. But reading The Expatriates I almost (almost) felt like I’ve already visited Hong KongContinue reading “The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee”

Reading Behind Bars: A True Story of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian by Jill Grunenwald

3/5 stars I have a little confession to make: I think The Shawshank Redemption might be one of the most overrated movies of all time. I’m sorry! I really wanted to like it, but when I finally watched it a few Christmases ago, I kinda thought…. well, that’s it? That’s the movie everyone’s been crazyContinue reading “Reading Behind Bars: A True Story of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian by Jill Grunenwald”

Hi there! I’m Deirdre.

I’m a New Jersey native who relocated to London in 2018. A lifelong reader, I’ve always found structure and comfort in picking up a good book–and spending lots of time on trains, planes, and busses, I always find time to get a few more pages in. I wanted to start this blog as a recordContinue reading “Hi there! I’m Deirdre.”