Hi! I’m Laila. I’m a life-long voracious reader who wants an outlet for my passion. I work in a small public library branch in a medium-sized Southern city. I have a few core library customers with which I can discuss books and recommend titles, and I used to belong to a fun, smart book group. (I recently took a break from the group to pursue more of my own reading whims.) I realized that I need another way to share my love of reading. So here it is.
I read pretty widely – literary fiction, mystery/thrillers, non-fiction, memoir- but there are definitely still gaps in my reading. I read a lot of backlist titles. I want to stretch myself, but I also know what I like. I want to read more authors of color and more works in translation. I’m not hung up on genre anymore, but I don’t really read a lot of Romance or Christian Fiction. Just not my thing – at the moment. Who knows, maybe my tastes will change? I DO NOT JUDGE.
Some of my favorite authors include Margaret Atwood, Kate Atkinson, Marlon James, Barbara Pym, Jess Walter, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Connelly, Jane Austen, and Ruth Rendell.
Review policy: I don’t accept ARC’s, simply because I have way too much on my TBR list as it is and I don’t want the added pressure of a “due date” for a review.
My favorite books of:
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
the Area X Trilogy – Jeff Vandermeer
Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James
Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
The Book of Night Women – Marlon James
Mr. Splitfoot – Samantha Hunt
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
At Mrs. Lippincote’s – Elizabeth Taylor