Happy Friday readerkins! Start off the weekend right with five bookish news stories from the last week.
1. The Morning News Tournament of Books started this week! So far, Life After Life has beaten Woke Up Lonely in the pre-tournament playoff round (I totally agree with this ruling), Hill William has beaten The Luminaries, and A Tale for the Time Being has defeated How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. I haven’t read the last four books yet, but I just picked up a copy of A Tale for the Time Being from the bookstore yesterday, and I can’t wait to read it! Continue reading →
St. Martin’s Press; Sept. 10, 2013
Hardcover; 438 pages
Cath and her twin sister, Wren, have always been close — which is why it’s such a shock when Wren tells Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates in college. When she arrives on campus on move-in day, shy, withdrawn Cath couldn’t be less pleased to meet her bold, unfriendly assigned roommate, Reagan — or Reagan’s relentlessly cheerful probably-boyfriend, Levi.
Although Cath is a social nobody in her external life, on the internet she’s kind of a star. Ever since they were children, she and Wren have been obsessed with the Simon Snow books, a wildly popular series about an orphaned wizard who goes away to a magical boarding school. (Sound familiar? Ha!) They take their fandom pretty seriously, writing fan fiction together. Wren, an outgoing social butterfly, grows away from the writing, but Cath makes a name for herself as one of the most popular writers in the fandom. And with the eight and final installation of the book about to come out, she’s determined to finish writing her alternate version of the story before the conclusive book’s release. Continue reading →
Happy Tuesday lovelies! Like a true blue book nerd, I love a good list.
This week for Top Ten Tuesday, the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish ask bloggers to list the top ten popular authors they’ve never read! Now, there are A LOT of popular authors I’ve never read just because I stick primarily to literary fiction. I’ve never read James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, or Danielle Steele, and I have no desire to. But instead of listing authors that I have no interest in reading, today I’m writing about popular authors I want to read — or am embarrassed that I haven’t read yet! Continue reading →
I know you’re all still catching your breath after the excitement of the launch of my Literary Links feature on Friday (ha!), but do you think you can handle another feature? Yes? Okay. At the beginning of each month, I’ll write a post featuring five books that will be released that month. Some will be books I’ve already read and loved, and others will be books I haven’t read but am excited about! Sound good? Here are my picks for March! Continue reading →
Hello lovelies! This week I’m trying out a new feature called Literary Links! Each Friday I’ll be rounding up five fascinating bookish news stories from the week.
1. The VIDA numbers are in! Each year VIDA (Women in Literary Arts) surveys the gender disparity of literary publications, tallying book reviewers, authors reviewed, bylines, and names on the cover. It’s depressing to see how male-dominant many of these publications are (I’m looking at you, The Atlantic, New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, New Republic, and The Nation, with your 75%+ male staffs), but it’s also heartening to see other publications move closer to equality (Tin House rocks the count with 56% women, and Paris Review is the most improved from last year’s count). Continue reading →
Happy 28th my lovely readerkins! I don’t know about you, but I am so glad February is coming to an end. It’s been a long, freezing month, and I’m ready for the gradual warming March will (hopefully) bring.
This was not a great month for me. I hit a reading AND blogging slump. I didn’t have much reading time, I couldn’t finish a book that I had really been enjoying, and I lost all motivation to write about anything. None of the literary fiction on my shelves appealed to me; it all seemed to heavy, too serious. I needed something light and fun. By the end of the month, I turned the reading slump around by gobbling up Fangirl, a cute YA read outside my usual comfort zone. Still not quite back to normal, I decided to ignore the March galleys I “should” be reading and grabbed The Word Exchange, which isn’t coming out until April. But it was just what I needed! It’s funny and clever and a love letter to language. Continue reading →
Random House; Feb. 11, 2014
Hardcover; 304 pages
Source: Received from publisher for review
Set in London in 1920, during the weeks leading up the the second anniversary of Armistice Day and the burial of the unknown soldier, Wake tells the stories of three women whose lives are touched by WWI. Although these women’s lives seem separate from one another at first, connections between them are slowly revealed throughout the novel. Continue reading →
Happy Tuesday, ducklings! Like a true blue book nerd, I love a good list.
This week for Top Ten Tuesday, the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish are letting bloggers pick any past topic. Last week I listed things I love about being a reader and blogger, and that topic inspired this week’s choice! I’m listing books I read because of other bloggers!
I’ve probably said it a million times, but I’ve read so many books based on the glowing recommendations of other bloggers. Your reviews have led me to pick up so many books I may not have considered or heard of otherwise. Thank you all for writing so passionately and convincingly about the books you love! Your reviews have brought so many wonderful books into my life! Continue reading →
There’s been a lot of discussion about whether or not to post negative reviews floating around the bookish internet lately. Buzzfeed announced that its new Books section won’t feature negative reviews. Book Riot dodges the issue by calling their book writing “recommendations” instead of reviews. When Books on the Nightstand discussed why they only talk about books they like on the show, Michael Kindness said people don’t go to bookstores and ask booksellers what books they didn’t like. To some extent, I understand and agree with this reasoning. However, I don’t think a book blog is the same thing as a shelf talker. I think there is value in negative reviews.
One of the things I love about the book blogosphere is the rich diversity in opinion. I enjoy seeing two bloggers I respect approach the same book in totally different ways. It helps me think more critically of books I’ve already read, and it helps me decide whether I want to read a book I haven’t read yet. I think it would be really monotonous to read only positive reviews. Continue reading →
Happy Tuesday, turtledoves! Like a true blue book nerd, I love a good list.
This week for Top Ten Tuesday, the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish ask bloggers to list ten reasons why they love being a reader and blogger, and the timing for this topic is kind of perfect. I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately. I’ve only finished two books so far this month (and one of them was a graphic novel), and I’m having trouble finding the motivation to blog. I’m excited that this list is forcing me to think about what I love about both reading and blogging! Continue reading →