Hi! I'm Alex! I love reading fantasy and sci-fi, but I do get in phases where all I read is non-fiction. My favorites for non-fiction are anything about animals, science, and biographies of strange people. When I am not reading on my porch, you can find me biking all around Richmond on one of my three (too many) bikes that I constantly tinker with. I also love movies and playing Dungeons and Dragons. I also run a semi-serious darts club out of the second bedroom of my apartment. If you want to hear me babble on for hours, ask me about Tottenham Hotspur or the New York Giants.
Lulu Miller does something I did not think I would enjoy as much as I did: weaving her personal story into a biography of another person. This book is 75% about one man's mission to catalogue all the fish in the world and 25% a peek into the author's own struggles.
A magical and mythical story with immense scope, The House of Rust follows Aisha's journey to save her father from the his watery grave. Monsters, magic, and talking cats abound in this tale of a girl growing up on the coast of Kenya.
My favorite book of 2021. Piranesi is seemingly alone in a marble world, but slowly finds out that maybe he isn't so isolated. Tons of dramatic irony and a childlike worldview from the narrator will keep you glued to this one. Highly recommend for fans of fantasy and magical realism.
A beautifully written book about a dark subject. We follow Bill Furlong through his days of selling coal to keep his small town warm, until he notices something wrong with one of his deliveries. Taking on the church, he tries to do the right thing, even at the cost of his normality. Very interesting look into the Magdalen laundries, something I had never heard of before this. Readable in one sitting, which you may find yourself doing even if you did not mean to.