Hi! I’m Laila. I’m a life-long voracious reader who loves to talk about books. I’m branch manager of a small public library branch in a medium-sized Southern US 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 just starting to get into Romance. I’m not a genre snob anymore, but I don’t really read a lot of Christian Fiction. Just not my thing – at the moment. Who knows, maybe my tastes will change? I’m open to the possibility.
Some of my favorite authors include Margaret Atwood, Kate Atkinson, Marlon James, Barbara Pym, Jess Walter, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Connelly, Jane Austen, Ruth Rendell, Emily St. John Mandel, and Colson Whitehead.
Review policy: I don’t accept ARCs, 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
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood – Trevor Noah
An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead
My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier
The Lager Queen of Minnesota – J. Ryan Stradal