Jazz Age January

Jazz Age January: Week 4 Linkup

January 31, 2015 Blogging & Challenges (1) Comment

Happy Saturday! I’ve been getting my Charleston on down at the jazz club this week, and my legs are mighty sore from all that dancing. It’s been a wild ride, but I’m ready to kick back and hang up my long string of pearls. Jazz Age January is coming to a close, and I want […]

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January Reads 2015

January Reads

January 30, 2015 Miscellaneous (12) Comments

2015 has gotten off to a fairly unremarkable start. I’m still unemployed and still struggling to figure out what I want to do, but I’m taking some steps that I hope will help me on my way. It helps that I have a partner who is ready to grow and change as I do. Although […]

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Flappers by Judith Mackrell

Book Review: Flappers by Judith Mackrell (#JazzAgeJan)

January 29, 2015 Reviews (5) Comments

The 1920s were a decade of massive social change. Prosperity and excess abounded in the wake of WWI, jazz swung into popularity, and new attitudes about art and sex were on the rise. Amid this atmosphere of adventure, the flapper was born. She wore provocative clothing, attended wild parties, challenged social norms, and was sexually […]

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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

A Second Dip Into Romance: Rules of Scoundrels #2

January 27, 2015 Reviews (4) Comments

About a year ago, I read my first romance novel, Sarah MacLean’s A Rogue by Any Other Name. The first book in the Rules of Scoundrels series, this novel came highly recommended by Rebecca at Book Riot. It was fun, but I wasn’t totally enamored. I was still pretty convinced that romance just isn’t my thing. […]

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Monday Jan. 26

It’s Monday, Jan. 26! What Are You Reading?

January 26, 2015 Miscellaneous (22) Comments

Happy Monday! I’ve never taken part in this meme before, but I thought I’d try it on for size this week — and I have some GOOD books to talk about. I finished up A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara a few days ago, and it was every bit as complex and expertly crafted as I […]

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Jazz Age January

Jazz Age January: Week 3 Linkup

January 25, 2015 Blogging & Challenges (1) Comment

Hello darlings! Apologies that this week’s Jazz Age January linkup is going up a day late. I didn’t get around to prescheduling it, and yesterday was super busy. But I hope you are all enjoying your reading! I’ve been taking a breather from Flappers for the last week, but I’m going to be diving right back […]

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BSV Turns Three

BSV Turns Three!

January 23, 2015 Blogging & Challenges (46) Comments

Three years ago today, I sat down in front of my laptop and tapped out my first blog post on Books Speak Volumes. It was just a little introductory post, and I really had no idea what I was going to write about, but I listed a few things I *thought* a book blog should […]

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The Great Gatsby

A Love Letter to The Great Gatsby (#JazzAgeJan)

January 21, 2015 Reviews (11) Comments

My dearest Gatsby, I just can’t get enough of you. We’ve had four exquisite trysts, each one better than the last. We first met when I was a pretentious college sophomore who thought reading the modern classics would make me ‘interesting’ and an ‘intellectual.’ I wasn’t quite ready for a relationship with you, though, and I […]

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The Book of Strange New Things

Conflicting Feelings On The Book of Strange New Things

January 19, 2015 Reviews (12) Comments

Peter, a minister with a history of alcohol and drug abuse, gets the opportunity of a lifetime when USIC, a mysterious multinational corporation, selects him to be the new minister to the native population of Oasis, a planet where they are building a settlement. Although Peter feels God’s hand in his appointment, he is sorry to […]

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Mid-Month Book Look: What I'm Reading

Mid-Month Book Look: What I’m Reading in January

January 18, 2015 Miscellaneous (4) Comments

How is January already halfway over? I feel like the year just started. Buffalo is really settling into winter, which is pretty, but THAT WIND. It’s not fun. Despite the weather (or perhaps because of it?) I’ve been doing some great reading! My first read of the month was Hall of Small Mammals by Thomas Pierce, which […]

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