When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

3.5ish stars. McLemore’s characters are, refreshingly, as varied as the sunlit clouds drifting in the firmament on the first Thursday morning after the Spring equinox. Her prose is… elaborate… like a henna tattoo spanning the entire breadth of a very large back. Yet it is also a Long and Winding Road, travelled by Paul McCartney, … More When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)

3ish stars. Probably destined to become a modern classic of the genre, the near-universal appeal is obvious. In some ways it’s sort of the anti-Game of Thrones. It’s accessible, fun, simple, enjoyable, easy to connect with, maybe kind of commercial. Rothfuss is a great storyteller. I just feel like it’s 700 pages of accessible, fun, … More The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) by Becky Chambers

4ish stars. Just as cute as the first book but with its own emotional depth, this goes further into exploring some interesting themes giving it a greater, more focused sense of purpose than TLWTASAP (whoa that’s an intense acronym). Even more so than the first book, there’s not much excitement. There are no villains. It’s … More A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) by Becky Chambers

The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith

3.5ish stars. Far from perfect, but far from awful. Despite its many faults it’s never less than highly readable and fluid. It’s never particularly pulse-pounding but it somehow always held my attention. It honestly isn’t twisty or suspenseful enough for me. It’s super streamlined and reads more or less like a series of neat, orderly … More The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith

City of Miracles (The Divine Cities #3) by Robert Jackson Bennett

5ish stars. An appropriately perfect (or at least near-perfect) conclusion to a spectacular trilogy, one that I’m sad to say goodbye to. This has a little bit of everything. Mystery, character building, some insanely cool set pieces (the aerotram!), and all of the emotion one could expect from the climax and eventual denouement. Bennett has … More City of Miracles (The Divine Cities #3) by Robert Jackson Bennett

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

1.5ish stars. What begins as a sort-of-cute “sick girl meets cute boy” cliche quickly devolves into repugnantly saccharine ridiculousness and eventually cheap, ludicrous melodrama. I’ll say this much: it was never very good. It was okay. If the premise reminds you of The Fault in Our Stars, your thoughts are justified. Despite this, it tries … More Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

3.5ish stars. This is imaginative, somehow loose with and faithful to history at once. It’s confidently written with a great protagonist and antagonist. It is an impressive, important historical fiction novel. It’s also kind of a snooze-fest. This is the kind of novel during which I feel like I could doze off for a little … More The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead