Category: Features

Screen and Page Pairings: Girls and Treasure Island!!!

Posted May 5, 2016 in Reviews / 12 Comments
Screen and Page Pairings: Girls and Treasure Island!!!

Nearly two years may have passed since I lamented the seeming lack of literary fiction centered around characters in their twenties, but I still feel that same frustration. My thirst for stories about people in my stage of life is slightly slaked by HBO’s Girls, which, despite its failings in representing only a very narrow, white, privileged version of Brooklyn millennial life, is one of the only shows I’ve seen that stars characters I relate too. (It’s a curse as much as […]

What’d I Miss?

Posted May 2, 2016 in Blogging & Challenges / 21 Comments
What’d I Miss?

Alright lovelies, I’ve been away from the blogosphere for six months, and I’m pretty out of the loop. I feel like Jefferson coming back from Paris, minus the glorious hair and bravado. I have a lot of catching up to do. So, if you have a few minutes, help me get back into the swing of things by leaving a comment letting me know any or all of the following: Your favorite post you wrote Your favorite post written by someone else […]

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again?*

Posted April 29, 2016 in Blogging & Challenges / 54 Comments
Guess Who’s Back, Back Again?*

Hello booklings! Can I first just say how much I’ve missed you all? I had no idea how disconnected my blogging hiatus would make me feel, and I’ve missed the excitement, nerdery, and smart conversations. (I have also really appreciated the ways many people have stayed in touch!) Although I’m still working on finding a healthy balance in my life between, work, the boyfriend (we’ll call him bae), running, reading, and necessary time to myself, for the last few weeks […]

(Officially) Taking a Blogging Break

Posted January 6, 2016 in Miscellaneous / 46 Comments
(Officially) Taking a Blogging Break

A belated happy new year, booklings! And while we’re on the topic of things “belated,” I must apologize that this post is coming rather later than it should have. As many of you know, the last six months of my life have been filled with earth-shifting changes, and although I held the blog together pretty well at first, I haven’t had the time or brain-space to write, or even to read very much. It feels slightly surreal to look back at the changes […]

What I’m Reading Monday, October 19

Posted October 19, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 18 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, October 19

Happy Monday, booklings! Can I take a moment to talk about how glorious the fall weather is around here? It’s chilly but not cold, the leaves have turned the most beautiful colors, the afternoon light has the most glorious golden quality, and the biggest sartorial choice I have to make each day is which flannel shirt I want to layer over a tee. I want it to stay like this always. It was another fairly slow reading week for me, despite […]

Four Favorite Fall Releases

Posted October 15, 2015 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Four Favorite Fall Releases

Although I’ve stepped back from reviewing new releases in the last few months, the fall books I have managed to read so far have been excellent! Here’s a quick look at four of my favorites: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson Publisher: Random House Release Date: August 18, 2015 Pages: 304 Source: Publisher Fresh off the heels of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Orphan Master’s Son, Anthony Johnson is back with an excellent short story collection. In “George Orwell Was a Friend […]

What I’m Reading Tuesday, October 13

Posted October 13, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 14 Comments
What I’m Reading Tuesday, October 13

Hello booklings! Columbus Day totally threw me off, and I didn’t manage to get my “what I’m reading” post up yesterday, but better late than never, right? I’m still in a bit of a reading slump, but it has nothing to do with the quality of the books I’m reading. The books are wonderful, but I’m having trouble finding the motivation to sit down and read them. I finished up The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood, which was really excellent. Nearly […]

Audiobook Mini Reviews

Posted October 7, 2015 in Reviews / 17 Comments
Audiobook Mini Reviews

I have been in a pretty major blogging slump for the last few months, and the number of books I have read but neglected to review is frankly embarrassing. To close that gap a little bit, I’d like to share mini reviews of some of the fantastic audiobooks I’ve listened to lately! Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: The Penguin Press | Blackhouse Audio Pages / Hours: 292 pages | 10 hours, 1 minute Source: […]

In Which I Freak Out About the Harry Potter Parallels in Jane Eyre

Posted October 5, 2015 in Reviews / 19 Comments
In Which I Freak Out About the Harry Potter Parallels in Jane Eyre

In the 16 years since I first cracked open a Harry Potter book, I’ve seen the series compared to Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, The Bible, Star Wars, and numerous other cultural touchstones. As an avid Potter fan (with the tattoo to prove it), I thought I had a pretty good handle on J.K. Rowling’s influences. And yet, I recently read a classic to which Harry Potter has startlingly obvious parallels that I’ve never heard anyone talk about. (Even the Harry Potter Influences and […]

September Reads

Posted October 1, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 18 Comments
September Reads

Hello booklings! I apologize for falling off the face of the earth last month, but I can’t really promise to do much better in October. There’s a ton going on in my personal life, and I haven’t been able to clear my mind enough to write anything coherent. (A few weeks ago, I tried to buckle down and write some mini reviews, but I basically just stared at my laptop screen for a full hour, unable to dredge up any […]