Masaji Ishikawa’s Incredible Escape From North Korea

Tragic. Heartbreaking. Powerful. Riveting. Brutal. These are some of the words that readers have used to describe Masaji Ishikawa’s memoir A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape From North Korea. First published in Japan in 2000, the book spans Ishikawa’s entire life, from his birth in Japan in 1947 to his escape from North Korea…

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The Surprisingly Sexy Imagery in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

I’m not here to do a hot take on The Handmaiden’s Tale—there are so many other better researched and argued essays you could be reading if you wanted that—I’m here to talk about how surprised I was at the sexual imagery that some of the passages evoked.

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Mexican Pulp Art | Bookspotting

Spotted: Mexican Pulp Art by Maria Christina Tavera. This book immediately got my attention with that cover! Giant bee women? UFOs? SCREAMING TREES??? Yes, please! The collection consists of Mexican pulp fiction covers from the 60s and 70s. The introduction below gives an overview of the genre and its artists:

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The Diverse Books Tag

Everyone can do this tag, even people who don’t own or haven’t read any books that fit the descriptions below. So there’s no excuse! The purpose of the tag is to promote the kinds of books that may not get a lot of attention in the book blogging community.

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The Best of Octavia Butler’s “Positive Obsession” Essay

I just finished reading Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild: And Other Stories, and I was struck by the simplicity of her characters and the complexity of their worlds. Especially in Bloodchild, where she depicts a very nuanced relationship in a new world order. If you have the opportunity to get the Audible version, I highly recommend it; The…

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My Prime Reading Picks!

Did you know that Amazon Prime members get access to a free lending library filled with thousands of Kindle ebooks? If you didn’t, then you need to check out all the titles that are part of Prime Reading, like ASAP! If you’re a Kindle nerd, you probably already knew this, but have you seen the…

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“A Dog’s Purpose” – Book Review

This book taught me that book shopping is like clothes shopping; Never buy something just because it’s on sale. Yup, that’s how it happened, my Kindle seduced me with discounts. As I swiped through the available books, W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose caught my eye. The movie adaptation had just been released by Amblin Entertainment,…

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