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, Book ReviewsBeing a writer means being a reader. I have always enjoyed getting lost in fictional worlds and delight in beautiful and evocative language. It is this love of novels that has prodded me to write. As I began my writing journey, I remember asking myself, “Can I really do this?” Like all artists, I am inspired to emulate art I admire. And so I read—all the time. This is a page where you can keep track of what I’m reading for pleasure as well as for inspiration / research for my next novel. 

As I realized my dream of becoming a novelist, I began to appreciate even more how important it is to spread the word about great books. Writing reviews helps me engage critically with the work I’m reading and join fellow readers worldwide in conversation. I will post reviews here but make sure to follow me on Goodreads and BookBub to see my recent reviews! If you’d like to learn more about how my reading is influencing my current writing process, or delve deeper into the inspirations behind my first two novels, Eden and The Nine, just click on Writing Inspiration to the right. I am also excited to share the works of fellow authors I’ve been asked to blurb in the far right column.

Want to chat about a book I’ve reviewed? Have a recommendation for me? Drop me a line to start the conversation!

Disclosure: This blog may contain affiliate links, meaning if you decide to make a purchase through one of these links, I may make a small commission (at no additional cost to you), which I will donate to literary organizations in Boston. Thanks!

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Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

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Such a Fun Age by Kiley ReidI'm always eager to read debut fiction that is getting lots of hype. I heard a podcast interview with the author which left me even more intrigued. On the plus side, Such a Fun Age left me wanting to discuss it with somebody. It is provocative…By jbadmin|
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Motherland by Elissa Altman

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Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa AltmanMotherland is the type of memoir I absolutely love, not constrained by chronology, it works the way memory works when we try to make meaning of the past and the to understand the most fundamental relationships.…By jbadmin|
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Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Normal People by Sally RooneyA reminder of how tiresome young relationships are. It wore me out. I stuck with the book and enjoyed some of the turns of phrase, but in real life I would have walked away from the mess a lot earlier. I was anxious to love this book given the hype,…By jbadmin|
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All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg

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All This Could Be Yours by Jami AttenbergA tale of a dysfunctional family that I gobbled up. In Attenberg’s latest novel we witness the fall out of a terrible father and an equally terrible, albeit not criminal, mother. What ensues is a weird kind of pseudo vigil while waiting…By jbadmin|
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Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

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Red at the Bone by Jacqueline WoodsonWhat beautiful language and innovative structure. Red At The Bone and specifically the character of Iris was illuminating and thought provoking. This was a short read chock full of poetic language. A huge fan of books about the cycles of motherhood…By jbadmin|

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Books I’ve Blurbed

, Book ReviewsElise Schiller’s Watermark is a poignant novel that gripped me from beginning to end. Masterfully structured and told… Read More

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In her literary debut, Deborah Goodrich Royce has given us the sort of thriller that wants to be devoured in one sitting. Written from… Read More

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Hard Cider is a fabulous novel about starting a business, taking on challenges, and building a family. The real treat was… Read More

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Reading My Mother’s Son is like opening up a time capsule and sifting among the treasures. 1952 Boston comes alive as… Read More