One and (Not) Done

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

September 16, 2014 Literary Lists (4) 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 (10) 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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30 Authors in 30 Days

30 Authors in 30 Days: Ava Chin on Every Day is For the Thief

September 3, 2014 Miscellaneous (9) Comments

30 Authors in 30 Days is a first of its kind event aimed at connecting readers, bloggers, and authors. Hosted by The Book Wheel, this month-long event takes place during September and features 30 authors discussing their favorite recent reads on 30 different blogs. There are also some great prizes provided by and BookJigs. […]

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September releases

Ten Sensational September Releases

September 1, 2014 Literary Lists (8) Comments

I don’t know about you, but I’m a tad bit overwhelmed by the crazy amount of amazing books coming out in September. I brought a dozen home from BEA, and a few more have worked their way onto my shelf in the three months since then. It made selecting five exciting releases to share an impossible […]

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August Reads

August 31, 2014 Miscellaneous (4) Comments

Happy long weekend, everyone! Can you believe summer is ending? I’m so not ready for fall yet. I got a lot of reading done this month, but I hit a major blogging slump. I’ve been reading some great books, but I’m just not feeling any motivation to sit down and write about them. Hopefully the […]

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Get on my bookshelf!

Get on My Bookshelf! Ten Books I Want to Read But Don’t Yet Own

August 26, 2014 Literary Lists (14) Comments

Happy Tuesday, booklings! 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 books that we want to read but don’t yet own. I may have half a bookshelf full of books I own but haven’t yet […]

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Book Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

August 25, 2014 Reviews (10) Comments

After her family falls on hard times in 1686, 18-year-old Nella is married off to a wealthy merchant with the Dutch East India Company. She moves into his Amsterdam house with high hopes for her marriage but is disappointed by her reception: her husband, Johanne, is distant and rarely home, and his sister, Marin, is […]

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