One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

A Second Dip Into Romance: Rules of Scoundrels #2

January 27, 2015 Reviews (2) 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 (17) 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 (40) 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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Jazz Age January

Jazz Age January: Week 2 Linkup

January 17, 2015 Blogging & Challenges (3) Comments

Happy Saturday flappers and fellas! We’re wrapping up the second week of Jazz Age January, and I can’t stop doing the Charleston. (Seriously, ask my boyfriend.) My reading slowed down this week, but I’m halfway through Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell and loving it. Last week, there were three posts linked […]

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Bloggiesta Goals & Updates

Blogging & Challenges (7) Comments

Bloggiesta starts today! This three-day blogging marathon encourages bloggers to improve their sites while cheering on other bloggers who are doing the same. This is the first Bloggiesta I have been able to participate in since last March, and I’m excited to join in! (I’m also thrilled to be hosting a mini challenge for the first time! […]

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Bloggiesta: How to Write More Creative Book Reviews

January 16, 2015 Blogging & Challenges Discussions (41) Comments

Happy Bloggiesta! This is my first time hosting a mini-challenge, and I’m really excited to share this post with you! In the last year, there has been a lot of discussion among bloggers about the way we write about books. Many of us are growing bored with reading and writing traditional reviews, myself included. In […]

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