Publisher: Harper Collins

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 […]

Why You Should Read The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen Immediately

Posted March 13, 2015 in Reviews / 18 Comments
Why You Should Read The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen Immediately

On the last day of school in 1999 Port Sabine, a fetal corpse is found in a dumpster near the high school. The discovery rocks the deeply religious oil refinery town, and every female student is viewed with suspicion. One of the girls embroiled in this mystery is Mercy Louis. A basketball star with stunning good looks and a virtuous reputation, she is the town’s golden girl. But behind her luminous exterior lurks a difficult personal life. After being abandoned by her […]

Book Review: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Posted February 27, 2015 in Reviews / 21 Comments
Book Review: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

For hundreds of thousands of years, humans were just like any other animal. They lived in small groups, foraged for food, hunted, and were prayed upon by larger animals. When homo sapiens was born 200,000 years ago, there was nothing to separate them from other species of humans like neanderthals and homo floresiensis or from our cousins the apes. But 70,000 years ago, things began to change. As sapiens developed language, they underwent a cognitive revolution that set them on the path to […]

Five Lessons to Take Away From I Am Not a Slut by Leora Tanenbaum

Posted February 4, 2015 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Five Lessons to Take Away From I Am Not a Slut by Leora Tanenbaum

Being a teenage girl has never been more complicated than it is today. For generations, adolescent girls and young women have dealt with slut-shaming and sexual double standards in school, but today’s Internet culture has added an entirely new element for them to navigate. Never before has it been easier to record and distribute evidence of “slutty” behavior on cell phones or to bully classmates within the anonymity of social networks. In I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age […]

A Second Dip Into Romance: Rules of Scoundrels #2

Posted January 27, 2015 in Reviews / 4 Comments
A Second Dip Into Romance: Rules of Scoundrels #2

About a year ago, I read my first romance novel, Sarah MacLean’s A Rogue by Any Other Name. The first book in the Rules of Scoundrels series, this novel came highly recommended by Rebecca at Book Riot. It was fun, but I wasn’t totally enamored. I was still pretty convinced that romance just isn’t my thing. And then. A week ago, I suddenly developed the strongest craving for a romantic romp through Victorian England. I quickly downloaded Rules of Scoundrels #2, One […]

Book Review: Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson

Posted November 17, 2014 in Reviews / 5 Comments
Book Review: Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson

If you spent your childhood scanning the forest floor for arrowheads and trawling the beach for fossils, hoping to discover traces of long-lost civilizations and extinct animals, you’re going to want to pick up a copy of Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble post-haste. Marilyn Johnson’s latest book delves into the world of archaeology and the everyday lives of the people who call it their profession. Although Indiana Jones makes archaeology seem sexy, with glamour, danger, and […]

Why Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Let Me Down (BookTube)

Posted October 30, 2014 in Reviews / 25 Comments
Why Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Let Me Down (BookTube)

Hello booklings! Today I’m stepping SUPER far outside my comfort zone and sharing a video review! This is my first venture into BookTube (besides my woefully embarrassing video about the blog planner I created), so please be kind! In this video, I discuss my reaction to reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for the first time. For those of you who don’t like watching videos (or you can’t withstand my pitiful attempt at speaking into a webcam), I’ve summed up my thoughts below. […]

Book Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Posted August 25, 2014 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Book Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

After her family falls on hard times in 1686, 18-year-old Nella is married off to a wealthy merchant with the Dutch East India Company. She moves into his Amsterdam house with high hopes for her marriage but is disappointed by her reception: her husband, Johanne, is distant and rarely home, and his sister, Marin, is cold and unfriendly. Sensing her loneliness, Johanne gives Nella an ornate cabinet house as a gift. The beautiful object is an exact replica of their […]

Book Review: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Posted July 21, 2014 in Reviews / 10 Comments
Book Review: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Since I read An Untamed State a few months ago, Roxane Gay has become one of my favorite writers — and since I subsequently followed her on Twitter, she has become one of my favorite people on the Internet. She always has interesting things to say about current events, and she also delightfully live-tweets Food Network shows. She’s fabulous, and if you’re not already following her on Twitter, you need to go do that right now. I’ll wait. Bad Feminist is […]

Book Review: The Visitors by Sally Beauman

Posted July 7, 2014 in Reviews / 9 Comments
Book Review: The Visitors by Sally Beauman

In 1922, 11-year-old Lucy is sent to Egypt to recover from typhoid, chaperoned by the adventurous Miss Mack. While visiting the pyramids, Lucy meets Frances, the precocious daughter of an American archaeologist. The two girls become fast friends, and Lucy and Miss Mack are welcomed into the group of archaeologists (and their families) who are excavating the Valley of the Kings. Lucy and Frances, and their friends Rose and Peter, have a front-row seat as Howard Carter and his team of workers search […]