Thursday

Bullshit: A Lexicon by Mark Meters

Bullshit: A LexiconBullshit: A Lexicon by Mark Peters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a writer, I, of course, love words. And I love lexicons. And with a name like Bullshit, how could I resist.
This was a really fun read, it's exactly what it says it is. I love the humor, and I now have at my disposal a slew of ways to sling the meadow mayo ... or, um, bullshit.

*FDC Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Tuesday

Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres

Rose Metal Press has done it again! Family Resemblance, edited by Marcela Sulak and Jaqueline Kolosov, is not only an exceptional tool for the craft, but also a vivid example of the craft. In much the same style as their Field Guides to Flash Fiction, the Prose Poem, and Flash Nonfiction, Family Resemblance brings us craft essays from 43 different authors, and then also gives us gorgeous examples of the forms. The hybrid is defined and showcased here, but without any futile attempt to cage or confine it.
The anthology covers 8 hybrid forms–the lyric essay, the epistolary, the poetic memoir, prose poetry (my favorite), performative, short-form nonfiction, flash fiction, and pictures made of words. And whether you want to learn more about the different creative forms, or just enjoy reading them, you’ll find plenty here to love.
I have a huge crush on all things hybrid and experimental because I like the tangible, textural feel of those pieces, and I find myself gravitating toward the edgy kind of journals that publish it–journals like Threadcount, Rivet, theEEL, and DIAGRAM. And Family Resemblance has allowed me to take a closer look at these forms that inspire me. If you like that kind of work as much as I do, you are going to cherish and appreciate Family Resemblance. Go grab a copy now!
Huge thanks to Rose Metal Press for sending me  a review copy of Family Resemblance–I shall hold it close forever!

Thursday

The Dinner by Herman Koch

The DinnerThe Dinner by Herman Koch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know there's been a lot of comparisons between The Dinner and Gone Girl, and the biggest thing that I see in common between the two is that they both seem to have drawn a line in the literary sand: readers who hate it on one side, and readers who love it on the other. I'm on the latter side. I enjoyed the dark mood. Can't say too much more without giving out a lot of spoilers, but I'll just say that if you like the unreliable narrator (yikes, maybe I shouldn't even say that), you'll love it.

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Saturday

Your Daily Brain: 24 Hours in the Life of Your Brain

Your Daily Brain: 24 Hours in the Life of Your BrainYour Daily Brain: 24 Hours in the Life of Your Brain by Marbles: The Brain Store
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A really interesting read. I loved the way the author leads the reader through the typical day and all the brain is busy doing. The author has a light, often humorous approach, and I found the book easy to understand. Entertaining, engaging, and informative.

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Thursday

The ecrets of Blood and Bone by Rebecca Alexander

The Secrets of Blood and Bone: A Novel (Jackdaw Hammond #2)The Secrets of Blood and Bone: A Novel by Rebecca Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I honestly did not finish the book. It just didn't grab me and I spent most of the time confused about what was going on. I'll give it four stars because some of this is likely because I didn't read the first book. This is probably not meant to be a stand alone and I would encourage readers to read the first book in the series so you're up to speed with things before starting this one.

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Friday

From Now On: New and Selected Poems 1970-2015 by Clarence Major

From Now On: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2015From Now On: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2015 by Clarence Major
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this collection from Clarence Major. Covering a period of 45 years, the poems differ in mood and theme, but they all share a beautiful and sometimes surprising use of language and form, which is what I like in poetry. I really nice collection.
*I received this book free through the Goodreads Giveaways and the opinions in this review are my own.


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Saturday

Second Street Station: Mary Handley Mystery #1 by Lawrence H. Levy

Second Street Station (Mary Handley Mystery #1)Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really hope there are more Mary Handley stories comging!
I enjoyed the blend of historical fiction and mystery, and Mary Handley is a strong, likeable character that I would enjoy following through a series. I liked too, that the author had a lot of actual real life historical figures and conflicts. Makes the reader feel settled in the time period. It's authentic, and it's a fun read.
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