The Vacationers by Emma Straub

The Vacationers by Emma StraubRemember last spring and summer when everyone was talking about The Vacationers by Emma Straub? When it was referenced in several magazines as a summer must-read or a perfect vacation read? And the chances of getting it from the library were slim to none? Well, finally my number came up and I got it from the library. Continue reading

I Am Radar by Reif Larsen

I Am Radar by Reif LarsenI wanted to like Reif Larsen so badly. I was captivated by the look of his first book, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, by its maps and illustrations, but alas I could not finish it. And visually, Larsen’s website is a dream. Really go check it out. So with the above evidence in hand, I had to give Larsen another go with I Am Radar. Continue reading

It’s time for a Review-a-Thon!!

Yes, I know, things have been quiet around here at 52 Books or Bust. Not only has my reading slowed down, but my reviewing has ground to a resounding halt. But I intend to remedy that this weekend by participating in the Write On Review-a-Thon hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen.

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th. Let’s get those reviews done!

If all works out as planned, here’s what you can look forward to in the coming weeks:

The City of Devi by Manil Suri

The City of Devi by Manil SuriThe City of Devi by Manil Suri has been out for quite sometime, and I’m not quite sure why it has taken me until now to read it. I have loved all of Suri’s previous books, but was perhaps a little hesitant to read this one as I’d heard it took place after a nuclear attack. Sounded just a little bit to close to post-apocalyptic to me. Continue reading

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

The Slap by Christos TsiolkasI’m not even sure how to talk about The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas because I loved it that much. Last year I read his latest work, Barracuda and was blown away by it, but it has nothing on The Slap. The Slap is gritty, messy, at times offensive, and beautifully written. For me it was the perfect combination of writing, flawed characters, compelling story and social commentary. Continue reading

Savage Park by Amy Fusselman

Savage Park by Amy FusselmanMy interest in Savage Park by Amy Fusselman comes from the fact that I’m in the middle of a very large project to redevelop the schoolyard at my daughter’s school. This has lead me to learn a lot about different theories of play, child development, and how to manage risk in play situations. Continue reading

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth GilbertJudging all of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s books based on her Eat, Pray, Love was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made – especially since I haven’t even read Eat, Pray, Love. After reading The Signature of All Things, one thing is for sure, Gilbert can write. The Signature of All Things is a dense and multi-layered piece of literary fiction that puts the reputation of Eat, Pray, Love to shame. Continue reading