The Frivolous Reader

My impressions of books and other vague attempts at writing

What happens after tragedy

The Underworld by Kevin Canty *review based from digital reading copy provided from the publisher via Edelweiss.* So this author is said to echo the likes of Russell Banks and Richard Ford in his style.  To me, this read like... Continue Reading →


Are all the sheriff dispatchers in literature named Ruby?

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (audiobook) This is not a Longmire mystery. This is not a Longmire mystery. It reads like a Longmire mystery, in a way.  Another sheriff dispatcher named Ruby with a similar attitude. No Vic though.... Continue Reading →

Flannery O’Connor listen-a-thon, part 2

Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor (audiobook). Bronson Pinchot reading several of these stories - Classic! What is up with the mothers in her stories? It makes me want to run away from them too. Again, there's a... Continue Reading →

Beautifully Depressing yet Hopeful

Mischling by Affinity Konar Devastatingly beautiful story on a very, very dark portion of history. Like, how can anyone write so beautifully about such tragedy? I love that it ended so hopefully though. Would have sucked if it ended on such... Continue Reading →

Flannery O’Connor listen-a-thon part 1

A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor (audiobook) This is my first read of Flannery O'Connor.  Southern literature has been intriguing me lately, and she is one of the big names out there. The more I read... Continue Reading →

This Week on Goodreads

Finished The Weight of This World by David Joy (my impression here) The Three Museketeers by Alexander Dumas (my impression here) Currently Reading various books on job interviews, being an introvert while looking for a job, & library science, all in anticipation... Continue Reading →

Entertaining at times, but how did it become to be considered a classic?

The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas Barnes & Nobles Classics series edition I found this to be quite entertaining at times, quite dull at others, and kept scratching my head the entire time wondering why exactly this is considered a classic.... Continue Reading →

Meth is a hell of a drug. So is war.

*Review based on the advanced reader's e-copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.* The Weight of This World by David Joy. G. P. Putnam's Sons, March 7, 2017. I fell in love with Appalachian literature after reading Serena by Ron... Continue Reading →

This week on Goodreads

Finished: Beartown by Fredrik Backman (my impression) Emma by Jane Austen (my impression here) Currently Reading: The Weight of This World by David Joy The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Mischling by Affinity Konar The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela Characters,... Continue Reading →

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