Book Review: Speak by Louisa Hall

Posted July 17, 2015 in Reviews / 15 Comments
Book Review: Speak by Louisa Hall

Speak, Louisa Hall’s richly imagined and beautifully written sophomore novel, tells the story of the rise and fall of artificial intelligence through six intertwined narratives that span centuries. In 1663, thirteen-year-old Mary Bradford writes a diary about her sea crossing from England to America with her Puritan family, her trusty dog, and her unwanted new husband. Between 1928 and 1954, renowned mathematician Alan Turing writes letters to the mother of his deceased best friend. Spanning from 1968 to 1988, correspondence between […]

Margarita Cupcakes: Recipe & Cookbook Review

Posted July 15, 2015 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Margarita Cupcakes: Recipe & Cookbook Review

I’m not much of a cook, but I LOVE baking tasty treats, and I was beyond excited to receive a copy of Sweet, Savory, and Sometimes Boozy Cupcakes by Alison Riede, winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. This cookbook has recipes to fit any event or craving, running the range of cupcakes that are tart citrusy, and light; fruity and berry; salty and nutty; chocolate; spice, cinnamon, maple, and coffee; and savory. Here’s a peak at some of the surprising recipes that caught my […]

What I’m Reading Monday, July 13

Posted July 13, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 31 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, July 13

Oomph, it has been a roller coaster of a week. My car has a broken exhaust system, and the first quote I got for the repairs costs more than my car is actually worth. I took a lightning-fast trip down to NYC, where I got to see one of my best college friends. And then my boyfriend of nearly six years and I broke up. We want different things out of life, and it’s for the best, but it still […]

Book Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

Posted July 7, 2015 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Book Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

The summer Lois and Carly May were 12 years old, they were abducted by a charismatic stranger and held in a remote cabin in the mountains of upstate New York for six weeks before being rescued. Twenty years later, Lois is a literature professor at a small college and the author of a thriller based on her abduction, written under a pseudonym, and Carly May has reinvented herself as an actress in Los Angeles. After two decades of silence, the […]

What I’m Reading Monday, July 6

Posted July 6, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 12 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, July 6

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend! The boyfriend had Friday off work, so we took the opportunity to go hiking in the Niagara River gorge, and it was absolutely glorious. There are few things I love more than hiking, and although we only spent a few hours on the trail, it felt wonderful. Following up our hike with a late lunch and beers at our favorite neighborhood bar wasn’t bad, either. We then celebrated Independence Day with a […]

Reading Judy Blume for the First Time

Posted July 2, 2015 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Reading Judy Blume for the First Time

I somehow made it through adolescence without reading Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, or any other Judy Blume book, for that matter. I caught on pretty quickly to the idea that to be “girly” is to be vapid and shallow and not to be taken seriously, so I basically shunned any book that seemed remotely girly. I was into Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl and Alex Rider and Abhorsen and avoided books set in prep schools like the plague. I probably missed out […]

June Reads

Posted July 1, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 11 Comments
June Reads

I know I just posted my list of the best books I’ve read so far this year yesterday, but seriously, how is 2015 halfway over? It’s flying by. June was pretty uneventful. It’s been warm-ish here, but it still doesn’t really feel like summer. I really loved all the books I read (Dietland, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, and Did You Ever Have a Family could all be contenders for my year-end best-of list), but I feel like I spent very little time […]

The Best Books of 2015 (So Far)

Posted June 30, 2015 in Literary Lists / 18 Comments
The Best Books of 2015 (So Far)

2015 hasn’t been a great year for my personal life, but one thing that HAS been stellar is my reading. I’ve had my share of busts and slumps, but for the most part, I’ve read some really wonderful books. Here are my top ten favorites. 1. Hall of Small Mammals by Thomas Pierce. Southern Gothic with a hint of magical realism, this short story collection is delightfully weird and deeply meaningful. 2. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This novel […]

What I’m Reading Monday, June 29

Posted June 29, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 21 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, June 29

I feel like for the last few months, my What I’m Reading posts have alternated between “I read ALL the books” and “I spent my week binging on Mad Men/Sex and the City/Gilmore Girls and didn’t do any reading.” It’s been all or nothing around here. The trend continues; since last week’s post, in which I wrote about three read-in-one-sitting books, I have read about 50 pages. Despite good news on a few fronts this week (three cheers for marriage […]

What I’m Reading Monday, June 22

Posted June 22, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 16 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, June 22

Happy Monday, booklings! This was a week for binge-reading some GOOD books. (I blame the #flashreadathon.) Early in the week, I wrapped up Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World by Mark Haskell Smith, was was a super fun read. Next up was Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret for the #BlumeAlong, hosted by Kerry of Entomology of a Bookworm. This was my first time reading Judy Blume, and damn is she good at capturing the […]