Two Weeks into “Bleak House” and Going Strong!

Posted March 12, 2012 in Blogging & Challenges / 0 Comments
Two Weeks into “Bleak House” and Going Strong!

Oh gosh, I have been a terrible blogger lately! Last week was crazy, but it’s finally spring break, so I have a little bit more free time to spend writing. For the last 2.5 weeks, I have been participating in Wallace’s “Bleak House” read-along over at Unputdownables. I actually started out the read-along very behind; for various personal reasons, I wasn’t able to start reading until the first week was over! But over the last week and a half, I […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Covers

Posted March 6, 2012 in Literary Lists / 0 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Covers

This week, The Broke and the Bookish ask bloggers to list their Top 10 Favorite Covers, so today I will be breaking the age-old rule and judging a book by its cover. Since The Broke and the Bookish encourage everyone to be as specific (or general) as they wish when making their lists, I will be posting my favorite book covers from 2011. Why not 2012? Simply because the year has barely begun! There are already dozens of gorgeous 2012 book […]

Book Review: No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel

Posted March 6, 2012 in Reviews / 3 Comments
Book Review: No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel’s debut novel No One is Here Except All of Us is the first book I have read so far that was written this year, and I really liked it. The novel is set in a tiny Romanian village at the outbreak of WWII in 1939. The Jewish villagers, though fearful of the spreading destruction, are counting on their isolation to keep them safe. That is, until a strange woman washes up on the river bank outside the town. […]

February Reads

Posted February 29, 2012 in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

As it is the last day of February (an extra day this year, woohoo!), here is a brief recap of the books I read this month! It took me an entire month, but I finally finished reading “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy at the beginning of February! I’m happy to be able to cross it off my list, but I can’t say I loved it. Anna drove me crazy; I found her to be selfish and jealous, and I just […]

Read More/Blog More Poetry February: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Posted February 28, 2012 in Blogging & Challenges / 2 Comments
Read More/Blog More Poetry February: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Let me start out this post by saying I have never “gotten” poetry. I have always found it super intimidating and hard to understand, and when I had to write five Romantic poems for my high school AP English class, the one I had written in seventh grade and lazily turned in received the highest grade. Clearly, poetry is not something I have ever been very good at. However, I came across the monthly Read More/Blog More Poetry event hosted […]

Bleak House Read-Along

Posted February 27, 2012 in Blogging & Challenges / 0 Comments
Bleak House Read-Along

I will be joining my first read-along and also reading my first Dickins novel over the next three months! The “Bleak House” read-along is hosted by Wallace (Unputdownables), and I’m super excited about it for a few reasons: 1. The concept of a read-along seems like a long-distance book club, so that should be fun. I love discussing books, but I don’t have any bookish friends (that I see at all regularly anymore — Lindsay, I need you in my […]

Ellis Avery Reads The Last Nude in Buffalo

Posted February 23, 2012 in Events & Travel / 0 Comments
Ellis Avery Reads The Last Nude in Buffalo

Last night I was pleased to attend a reading by Ellis Avery, author of The Teahouse Fire and the recently released The Last Nude, at my favorite independent bookstore, Talking Leaves in Buffalo, NY. Although only a small group of people turned up for the reading (myself, two Canisius professors and two UB professors), it was a very enjoyable and intimate event. Avery, wearing a brown dress over jeans and a lilac scarf draped over her slim shoulders, began her talk with […]

Top Ten Books I’d Save From a Fire

Posted February 22, 2012 in Literary Lists / 5 Comments

I was introduced to The Broke and the Bookish’s ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ meme last week by Jillian over at A Room of One’s Own. It seems like a fun little weekly segment to do! I know it’s not technically Tuesday anymore, but it’s been a busy day and it still counts if I haven’t gone to bed yet, right? This week bloggers are asked to list the top ten books they would save if their homes were to be abducted by aliens, […]

Finding Time to Read

Posted February 18, 2012 in Discussions / 7 Comments
Finding Time to Read

Because it is the middle of the semester, my last semester in college, I want to talk about something I don’t seem to have nearly enough of: time. Or more specifically, time to read. Between classes, homework, my internship, my job writing and copy reading for the campus newspaper, my weekend job, and trying to have some semblance of a social life, there just doesn’t seem to be nearly enough hours in the day. On the days I don’t seem […]

Book Review: Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Posted February 16, 2012 in Reviews / 8 Comments
Book Review: Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser, is a novel written at the turn of the century, as America was transitioning from a traditional to a modern society. In the modernized cities of Chicago and New York, new opportunities for social mobility were available to those with the imagination and determination to rise. Sister Carrie tells the story of one such person. At the age of 18, Carrie Meeber leaves her home in a small Wisconsin town to begin a new life […]