Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted February 13, 2012 in Reviews / 7 Comments
Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I first read The Great Gatsby my sophomore year of college, over two years ago. I read most of it while laying on a blanket in the sun outside my dorm, and I enjoyed it, but it didn’t really leave any lasting impression on me. I wasn’t struck by the “this is the greatest book of the 20th century” lighting bolt. The book faded from my mind until my English professor (I’m taking Modern American Literature) started referencing it while […]

Five Books to Feed the Travel Bug

Posted February 10, 2012 in Literary Lists / 0 Comments
Five Books to Feed the Travel Bug

At 21 years old, I am incredibly lucky to have had a wide range of travel experiences. I’m from an adventurous family; I lived in Australia from ages two to five (military kid), road-tripped from Boston to Montana and Wyoming at nine, and spent two weeks riding an RV around Alaska at thirteen. I enjoyed these trips, but in a passive way. I wasn’t really involved in them; I was just along for the ride, following my parents. I discovered […]

Retailers Boycott Amazon Titles – Update

Posted February 8, 2012 in News / 2 Comments

Last week, major retailers Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Indigo released statements announcing their refusal to stock books published by Amazon in their stores. If you missed the story, you can read my earlier post here. Today, IndieCommerce, a for-profit subsidiary of the American Booksellers Association, stood in solidarity with the three other retailers and began removing Amazon titles from its online database. For those who don’t know (which included me 20 minutes ago), IndieCommerce is an e-commerce product available […]

Book Review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Posted February 6, 2012 in Reviews / 1 Comment
Book Review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

It took me two tries and nearly a month to read, but I finally finished Anna Karenina! I really wanted to love it, but I have some mixed feelings. I thought Tolstoy did an excellent job in his aim of making Anna pitiful but not guilty. Although she often rages about having given up everything, her son, her life, for Vronsky, she doesn’t for a second regret it. That she doesn’t feel guilty about leaving is something I dislike about […]

Barnes & Noble Boycotts Titles Published by Amazon

Posted February 4, 2012 in News / 0 Comments

I’m a little late on this, but it’s been a crazy week! I want to talk about Amazon. The online retail giant has been allowing authors to self publish their books for years, but just recently began signing its own authors. Since becoming a traditional publisher in October 2011, Amazon’s business practices have made other booksellers increasingly nervous. Three days ago, Barnes & Noble took action against Amazon. On Feb. 1, Barnes & Noble announced it will no longer stock […]

January Reads

Posted January 31, 2012 in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

From here on out, on the last day of each month I will be posting a re-cap of the books I read during that month. My (seemingly unattainable) goal is to read 50 books this year — speaking of, you should check out Katie’s 50 Book Challenge blog — so this will be a little way to track my progress. It’s been a slow month. With getting back into the swing of school and work, I haven’t had a ton […]

World Book Night

Posted January 30, 2012 in Events & Travel / 0 Comments

Held for the first time in the UK in 2011, World Book Night will be celebrated in the US this year! On April 23, tens of thousands of people will go out into their communities and share the joy of reading by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks to those who do not read much (or at all) or who don’t have ready access to books. I know April 23 is still a bit far off, but keep reading! […]

On The Awakening and Spending Time Alone

Posted January 28, 2012 in Discussions / 3 Comments
On The Awakening and Spending Time Alone

I recently finished reading The Awakening for my Modern American Lit class, and I really loved it.  Apart from being revolutionary for it’s time — a woman who has sex out of wedlock and doesn’t get pregnant? What?! — it’s really beautifully written. Take my favorite line from the novel. As Edna begins distancing herself from her husband and abandoning her womanly duties, she takes to walking through the streets of New Orleans, enjoying the sunlight and the warm fresh air. Chopin […]

Ten Books to Look for in 2012

Posted January 25, 2012 in Literary Lists / 0 Comments

Okay, this list is coming a bit late, seeing as it’s the end of January and most lists of the sort were posted a month ago. But I’m just getting this blog up and running again, so bear with me! Reading through some “most anticipated books for 2012” lists, I’ve gotten pretty excited about this year’s literary offerings. There are (what seem to be) some pretty kick-ass novels (and a few non-fiction works) being published this year!

Hello Fellow Bibliophiles!

Posted January 23, 2012 in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

Welcome to Books Speak Volumes! I’m a college student in the wonderful town of Buffalo, NY and, as you can probably guess, an avid fan of the written word. With this blog, I aim to inform readers about many different issues concerning the place books hold in today’s society, make some recommendations, and post a few reviews. Feel free to leave comments on any posts. One of the greatest things about literature is its ability to circulate ideas and spark […]