Review: Eleanor by Jason Gurley

eleanorIt was the cover that first grabbed me. Watercolor swirls of blue, outlining brimming eyes dripping tears down into rolling waves on an ivory background. The title and author were afterthoughts: I had to read this book because I had to read about this cover.

Lucky for me, the cover evokes both the topics and themes of the book – a young woman grappling with the tragedies that have derailed her family, as well as the healing power of water and the sea. Sometimes it pays off to judge a book by its heartbreakingly emotive cover. Continue reading

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Review: The Birthday of the World

In an attempt to read more women authors, I grabbed a book of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, who has been on my to-read list forever. But with a to-read list like mine (487 and counting), it seemed like a collection of short stories was easier to tackle then a full novel.51n5X6yiSlL__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
The Birthday of the World is Le Guin’s musings that are set in her already incredibly complex universe. Imagine you are dropped onto a world that is so different than your own and you have to figure out what’s going on. For some of the stories, this was incredibly easy to do. In others, I was a little lost. But these little windows into the Le Guin universes made me want more, which is also the value of this collection of short stories.

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