Two Must-Read Books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Two Must-Read Books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

May 21, 2015 Reviews (2) Comments

Sometimes when a book gets tons of hype, it can fall short of expectations. But other times, a two-year hype train can lead to finding a new favorite author. Happily, the latter was the case when I finally read the writing of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie last month. Americanah has earned a permanent spot on my bookshelf for […]

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Monday May 18

It’s Monday, May 18! What Are You Reading?

May 18, 2015 Miscellaneous (6) Comments

Happy Monday, booklings! It’s been another slow reading and blogging week for me, but I’m determined to get back into the groove this week. I read Housebreaking by Dan Pope, which is about the secrets simmering underneath the surface of two suburban families. The blurb compared it to Tom Perrotta’s work, which I really liked when […]

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Preparing for BEA

Preparing for BEA

May 16, 2015 Events & Travel (14) Comments

Book Expo America (BEA) is less than two weeks away, and I’m getting super excited! This will be my second year attending, and although I’m by no means an expert, I have a few tips for bloggers attending for the first time! What to Pack: See my post from last week, in which I discuss what to […]

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Literary Dinner Party

My Dream Literary Dinner Party

May 12, 2015 Literary Lists (15) Comments

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish are asking bloggers to name the top ten authors we want to meet. This question got me dreaming of an old-fashioned salon or a dinner party among my favorite writers. My dream literary dinner party would consist of role […]

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Monday May 11

It’s Monday, May 11! What Are You Reading?

May 11, 2015 Miscellaneous (19) Comments

We’ve completely skipped spring here in Buffalo and moved straight into summer mode. It is GLORIOUS. It’s been a week of long walks in the sun, a bike ride downtown, and sipping beers around a fire with some good friends. (Of course, spending time outside didn’t stop me from getting my embroidery on or building […]

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Book Review: Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Book Review: Citizen by Claudia Rankine

May 9, 2015 Reviews (3) Comments

Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine’s collection of prose and poetry, catalogues the microaggressions and blatant racism black Americans face on a daily basis. From things as seemingly small as being called the name of a different black person to incidents as awful as being reported to the police as a suspicious figure in an affluent neighborhood, these […]

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Packing for BEA

Packing for BEA

May 6, 2015 Events & Travel (28) Comments

If I learned anything about myself in the weeks leading up to BEA last year, it’s that I might have slightly warped priorities when it comes to the things I stress over. Traveling to NYC by myself? No sweat. Coming face-to-face with people I met on the Internet? Not a big deal. Navigating the Javits? […]

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Monday May 4

It’s Monday, May 4! What Are You Reading?

May 4, 2015 Miscellaneous (17) Comments

Oh reader, I have been in the biggest funk. Job searching is the worst. And I appreciate people trying to cheer me up by telling me, “It’s not you, it’s the bad job market,” but the thing is, that really doesn’t make me feel any better. It just reminds me how futile my efforts are. I […]

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April Reads

April Reads

May 1, 2015 Miscellaneous (19) Comments

Goodbye, April. You were lovely, but I’m so ready for the (actually, not just theoretically) warmer weather May will bring. I just want to read outside and ride my bike and feel skirts swishing against my legs! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In April, I celebrated my 25th birthday, attended the Buffalo Small […]

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Book Review: Spinster by Kate Bolick

In Which Spinster By Kate Bolick Comes Along At Just the Right Time

April 30, 2015 Reviews (22) Comments

In her early twenties, Kate Bolick started writing in her journal about her “spinster wish,” which she describes as “shorthand for the extravagant pleasures of simply being alone.” Despite a string of serious monogamous relationships with wonderful men, she found herself happiest when alone, waking up to stretch across a blissfully empty bed and spending Saturday afternoons […]

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