Category: Literary Lists

Favorite Fiction of 2014

Posted December 23, 2014 in Literary Lists / 13 Comments
Favorite Fiction of 2014

Looking back on the books I’ve read this year reminds me what an insanely good year this was for reading. 2014 brought new Murakamis and a new David Mitchell, and it introduced me to some fantastic authors I had never read before. Let’s take a look at my top ten novels released this year! Please note this is a list of my favorite books published this year, not a definitive list of the BEST books of the year. Finally, they […]

Jazz Age January Reading Guide

Posted December 19, 2014 in Literary Lists / 9 Comments
Jazz Age January Reading Guide

The Jazz Age January starting line is just a few weeks away, I’m excited about choosing which books to read! If you’re still trying to decide what to read — or haven’t signed up because you don’t know where to start — check out the following reading guide! I’ve broken it up into four sections full of great recommendations: 1. Books by Jazz Age authors 2. Books by Harlem Renaissance writers 3. Non-Fiction about the ’20s 4. Contemporary Fiction set […]

Pleased to Meet You: Top Ten New-to-Me Authors of 2014

Posted December 9, 2014 in Literary Lists / 17 Comments
Pleased to Meet You: Top Ten New-to-Me Authors of 2014

Ah, December. A month for looking back over the last year and trying to narrow down the ten best things in just about every category. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, the folks at The Broke and the Bookish are asking readers to list the top ten authors we read for the first time in 2014. Some of the authors on my list are established writers I can’t believe I didn’t read sooner, and others are debut authors whose […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Bookworm Edition

Posted December 8, 2014 in Literary Lists / 9 Comments
Holiday Gift Guide: Bookworm Edition

Christmas is right around the corner, and you may be wondering what to get for your favorite bookworm. A book might be the obvious choice, but how can you be sure it’s to her taste or that she hasn’t read it already? Skip the stress of trying to pick the perfect book and go for a gift that will enrich her readerly lifestyle. I have ten recommendations that are sure to please every kind of reader. 1. Litographs sells t-shirts, tote […]

A Month of Favorites: Five Fav 2014 Debut Novels

Posted December 2, 2014 in Literary Lists / 20 Comments
A Month of Favorites: Five Fav 2014 Debut Novels

Happy December, darlings! As of last night, my Christmas tree is up and decorated, my stockings are hung by the bookshelves with care, and my Andy Williams Spotify playlist is ready to go. I’m ready to get into the Christmas spirit! This month, Estella’s Revenge, Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T are hosting December: A Month of Favorites, a month-long event dedicated to sharing favorite bookish (and sometimes non-bookish) experiences from throughout the year. They are inviting other bloggers to join them, […]

Ten Books on My Winter TBR List

Posted November 25, 2014 in Literary Lists / 9 Comments
Ten Books on My Winter TBR List

You guys aren’t going to believe it. Last week, Buffalo made the national news with our lake effect snowstorm that dumped up to 90 inches of snow on the suburbs south of the city. But as I look out my window right now, there isn’t a flake of snow to be seen. I live near downtown, and we actually got less than a foot of snow in my area, but yesterday the temperature got up to 60 degrees. Now all of […]

Nonfiction November: New to My TBR

Nonfiction November: New to My TBR

It’s already the last week in November, and although this month has been the slumpiest ever, I have really been enjoying following Nonfiction November. The final topic, hosted by Doing Dewey, is about books that are new to our TBR lists this month. “New to My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!” For descriptions of […]

Nonfiction November: Become a Jazz Age Expert

Posted November 14, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges, Literary Lists / 9 Comments
Nonfiction November: Become a Jazz Age Expert

If you were around for Jazz Age January at the beginning of this year, you know I’m fascinated by the 1920s. The people, the clothing, the bootlegging, the social changes: I love it all. However, I have not read nearly enough literature about this wild time. So for this week’s Nonfiction November topic, “Be/Become/Ask the Expert,” I am discussing four books about the Roaring ’20s that I am looking forward to reading! 1. The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum Murder and […]

Take Me Back: Ten Books I Want to Re-Read

Posted November 4, 2014 in Literary Lists / 10 Comments
Take Me Back: Ten Books I Want to Re-Read

As a kid and teen, I re-read books like it was my job to know every detail of a novel. I was super picky about what I read, and when I found books I loved, I tended to read them over and over again, until they fell apart. (You should see my original collection of hardcover Harry Potter books: it’s a menagerie of missing covers, broken spines, and loose pages.) But since I started blogging and opened myself up to a […]

Five Phenomenal November Releases

Posted November 3, 2014 in Literary Lists / 16 Comments
Five Phenomenal November Releases

The mad flurry of new books in September and October has drawn to a close, and the publishing industry is settling down for a few quiet months before the massive January release season. I like to slow down and catch up on some backlist during the November/December lull, but there are a few new releases coming up this month that have caught my eye. Check ’em out! The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke (Algonquin Books, Nov. 4) “Who are […]