Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
I love novels about the never-quite-complete (but still somehow beautiful) recovery from trauma. This one is hopeful without being trite, about many types of love. #25wordbookreview (Amzn) Continue reading
I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum
God, was this a great book. I didn’t realize how hungry I was to hear modern television discussed as the art form it really is. #25wordbookreviews (Amzn) Continue reading
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The first novel I think I’ve ever read where a woman has an independent lifestyle and a healthy sexual appetite… and isn’t ruined by them. #25wordbookreview (Amzn) Continue reading
Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky
Not so terrible that I stopped reading, I guess. One of those novels where everyone is an asshole and you’re supposed to find it funny. #25wordbookreviews (Amazon) Continue reading
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
I would love the book this was advertised to be — but it was actually about three women’s painful sexual experiences, delivered with soft-core porn detail. #25wordbookreviews (Amazon) Continue reading
The Valedictorian of Being Dead by Heather B Armstrong
Fascinating memoir about the dooce.com author’s devastating struggle with depression and the harrowing experimental treatment she endured to find relief. Great voice — funny surprisingly often. #25wordbookreviews (Amazon). Continue reading
Every Tool’s A Hammer by Adam Savage
I loved the half of this that covered Savage’s love of making. The rest was fine but just not for me (Cosplay and other obsessions). #25wordbookreviews (Amazon) Continue reading
Hot Young Widows Club by Nora McInerny Purmont
I read this because I really liked the author’s previous memoir on grief. This one isn’t quite as good and the two together are redundant. #25wordbookreviews (Amazon) Continue reading
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Charming little novel about the types of love and friendship we seek as adults — complicated and flawed, but still quite wonderful. Great summer read. #25wordbookreviews (on Amazon) Continue reading
The Bold World by Jodie Patterson
This gorgeous memoir takes you inside Patterson’s privileged African-American upbringing, her wildly successful career, and ongoing efforts to raise a very big, very modern family. #25wordbookreviews (link) Continue reading
I’m Victoria Griffith and am enthusiastic about an awful lot of things. I blog about some of them here, particularly about books and writing. My goal for 2023 is to write a #25wordbookreview for every book I read, and to post them here and on Goodreads.
I was born in Paterson NJ, call Seattle WA my home, and spend a bit of time out in the desert of Southern California. I try to get out to see as much of the world as time and money will allow.
If you’d like to say hi, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.