10 Books for Your Summer Beach Bag

Ten Books for Your Summer Beach Bag

May 26, 2015 Literary Lists (10) Comments

Whether your summer plans involve lounging on a breezy beach, kicking it in a cabin in the mountains, road tripping across the US, or just sprawling on a blanket on the grass of a local park, summer is the perfect time to step back from your busy life and sink into a great book. These […]

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Monday May 25

What I’m Reading Monday, May 25

May 25, 2015 Miscellaneous (7) Comments

It’s been yet another slumpy reading week for me. What with a much-needed trip to see my family, a visit from a college friend, and preparing for BEA, I didn’t have much time or brain space for books. I’m actually kind of looking forward to my 8-hour train journey to NYC on Tuesday; it will […]

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Book Review: The Shore by Sara Taylor

The Shore by Sara Taylor: A Gritty Multi-Generational Family Saga

May 22, 2015 Reviews (6) Comments

Off the coast of Virginia, a cluster of barrier islands called the Shore are home to both millionaires with their yachts and blue-collar workers leading hard-scrabble lives — and as in many small, isolated communities, nearly all of the locals are related to each other on some branch of the gnarled, sprawling family tree. The Shore by Sara […]

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Two Must-Read Books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Two Must-Read Books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

May 21, 2015 Reviews (10) 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 (9) 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 (18) 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 (4) 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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