The Overstory – Richard Powers

Controversial announcement this week from the Nobel Prize for literature, but I am really enjoying the pick for The Pulitzer Prize 2019. The Overstory by Richard Powers was one that I heard a lot about, but the description didn’t necessarily grab my attention. After it was chosen as the Winner of the Pulitzer Prize I also started seeing several great reviews here on Instagram. I found out that the author is visiting Salt Lake City later this month so I decided to dive in. It’s great so far! Several shorter stories somehow related to trees… and supposedly coming together somehow in the end of the book.


What did you think of The Overstory?


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The Witches by Roald Dahl

If you want a truly terrifying read for October, try The Witches by Roald Dahl. A young boy learns that there are creatures that live among us, that look like normal ladies, but are actually clawed, child-hunting witches. They are bald, but always wear wigs that make their heads itch. They have no toes so they may look slightly awkward when walking. They have blue spit, slightly larger nostrils, and pupils that burn with a fire of ever changing colors.


I loved the movie when I was little but I don’t know that I ever actually read this classic book. I started reading it with our two youngest (3yo and 5yo) last week, and it is much more scary than I anticipated. They don’t seem to be too bothered by it, but it is giving me nightmares!


Do you remember this book from your childhood?


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Catapult Press Campaign for Refugee Children.

Like the Instagram post from Catapult Press and they will donate $1. Their goal is to reach a total donation of $25,000 for Refugee Children in the U.S.

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Utah Authors and Poets – published in 2018

This stack highlights just a few of my favorite authors and poets from Utah who were published in 2018. There are some truly great and moving pieces in this stack. It is cool to see the work of people from my home state.




Kafka on the Shore – Book Review

I finished Kafka on the Shore yesterday… but it was not my favorite. It might be a matter of having expectations too high, but I was disappointed. There were certainly elements of the story that I absolutely loved: an old man who can speak with cats, a truck driver who becomes a reluctant disciple, a boy who finds a secret portal to another world deep in the woods. There were however, several parts of the story that I didn’t care for: some points of the story that did not have an apparent purpose, a few characters that I didn’t care for, but mostly the strange, confusing sexual encounters throughout the book.
I would suggest that you to read Haruki Murakami, just don’t start with this one.

Visual Book Review – Strange Weather

Here is another visual book review for Strange Weather by Joe Hill. I read this book mid 2018, but it has wedged itself permanently in my mind. It is great!

Miss Subways – David Duchovny

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Yes, THAT David Duchovny. Yes, he is a writer too. Yes, it’s actually good. I thought it was great in fact. An adaptation of an ancient Irish folk story, retold in modern day New York City. A woman must choose between watching her partner die, or having his memory of her erased. If you like CIRCE by Madeline Miller, you will probably like this one too.

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Bookmarks Reviews on LitHub

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Miss Subways: A Novel
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