As a group, the Eleventh Stack bloggers set a goal of reading 170 books for Summer Reading 2016. We started off full-steam ahead in early June, but family, friends, work and sunshine keep us all busy, and now some of us are feeling the pressure of the individual goals we set. “Read 30 books over the […]
Clocking in at a mere 114 pages and titled with a clever twist on an Emily Dickinson lyric, Mark Porter’s Grief is the Thing With Feathers is a stunning summer read. You can read it as a long poem or a short novel, but it almost doesn’t matter, unless you’re a purist. It’s the lush, musical language that lifts Porter’s story out of the mundane and into the magical.
Steven Rowley’s debut novel Lily and the Octopus is about the bond between man and dog, between friends, and also lovers. It follows frustrated writer and chronic first-dater Ted and his dog, best friend ever and constant companion and confidant Lily, a 12-year-old dachshund who develops a brain tumor. Yes, it’s sad, and yes, it will probably make you cry.
There’s more to Yann Martel’s work than his bestselling hit Life of Pi. His latest, The High Mountains of Portugal, handles death, religion, redemption, morality, existential unease, love, sorrow and more, making it the best kind of page-turner.
Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is one of the world’s best-selling mysteries for good reason. It’s fun, dark and twisted.
All My Puny Sorrows is a thought-provoking book that explores family relationships, suicide and whether or not we should be able to choose the manner of our own deaths.
Journey to the fictional city of Newford, full of magic and the unexplained. Award winning fantasy author Charles de Lint invites you to believe in the extraordinary.
Follow along as I go for a reading adventure Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge. In this episode, I look at Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, which covers the “read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender.”
Frances and Lilian’s feelings for each other unfold at just the right pace. There’s an art to these things, and Waters understands it.
Sherrie Flick’s new collection of flash fiction might come in teeny tiny packages, but these stories pack a punch.