The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters book cover

Book Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

September 24, 2014 Reviews (4) Comments

It’s 1922, and London is facing hard times in the wake of the war. Spinster Frances Wray has lost her father and both of her brothers, and she and her mother have had to say goodbye to their servants. Unable to pay their bills, they are forced to admit lodgers into their South London villa. […]

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Ten Fall Books I Can’t Wait to Read

September 23, 2014 Literary Lists (13) Comments

Happy Tuesday, booklings! Is it just me, or is this fall overwhelmingly awesome for new books? September has been absolutely bananas for big releases, but October and November have some exciting titles, as well. This week for Top Ten Tuesday, the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish ask bloggers to list the top ten books on our […]

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Neverhome by Laird Hunt book cover

Book Review: Neverhome by Laird Hunt

September 22, 2014 Reviews (4) Comments

“I was strong and he was not, so it was me went to war to defend the Republic.” With the first line, Laird Hunt sets the tone for Neverhome, a novel about a woman named Constance who leaves behind her husband, disguises herself as a man, and joins the Union forces to fight in the Civil War. […]

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Banned Books Week

Why Banned Books Are the Best Books

September 21, 2014 Discussions (11) Comments

Happy Banned Books Week, darlings! This is my favorite literary week of the year. Held during the last week of September (9/21 through 9/27 this year), Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. Librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, bloggers, and readers share information about the history of book banning and support the freedom to seek […]

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Mid-Month Book Look: What I'm Reading

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

September 17, 2014 Miscellaneous (15) Comments

Happy mid-September, booklings! I can’t believe how quickly the weather has changed. Ten days ago, it still felt like summer. I was wearing shorts and tank tops and sipping summer IPAs. (It was glorious.) And then it was as if the weather suddenly flipped a switch and jumped right into fall mode. Temperatures have been […]

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One and (Not) Done

One and (Not) Done: Ten Authors I Need to Read More

September 16, 2014 Literary Lists (14) Comments

We’ve all done it. We read a book that we fall head over heals in love with, and we decide the author is our new favorite. Sometimes we rush out to the bookstore to buy their backlist, sometimes we gradually accumulate their older titles at used bookshops and library sales, and sometimes we just keep […]

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Book Review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

September 15, 2014 Reviews (13) Comments

After witnessing a deadly accident as a child, Caitlin Doughty grew up with a fascination with death. She earned a degree in medieval history, but when her knowledge of witch burnings failed to bring employers to the yard, she took a job as a crematory operator for a family-owned mortuary. In the year she worked there, […]

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Book Riot Quarterly Box #4: Unpacked

September 13, 2014 Miscellaneous (5) Comments

We all know book mail is the best mail, but the Book Riot Quarterly box takes it to a whole new level. Four times a year, Book Riot sends subscribers a box full of bookish goodies. It costs $50 per quarter, and each subscriber receives a box containing at least one book and some great […]

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Cheryl Strayed

Meeting Cheryl Strayed, Plus a Signed Book Giveaway!

September 11, 2014 Events & Travel (20) Comments

(Okay, I spoke to her for like 10 seconds while she signed my book. IT STILL COUNTS.) Anyway, last night I had the very good fortune to hear one of my favorite writers speak! Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Torch, Wild, and Tiny Beautiful Things, spoke at the University at Buffalo as part of their Distinguished Speakers Series. […]

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Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood

Book Review: Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood

September 4, 2014 Reviews (7) Comments

The life and wives of Ernest Hemingway have long been a subject of fascination for literary types, and they have proved popular fodder for novels in recent years. I enjoyed Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife, which tells the story of Hemingway’s first wife Hadley, so I was intrigued to see really positive reviews of Mrs. Hemingway, a […]

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