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So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

Posted June 24, 2016 in Reviews / 8 Comments
So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

For four years, Melissa Broder has been tweeting funny but achingly sincere tidbits like, “I don’t feel at peace unless I’m torturing myself,” and, “the road to hell is you not texting me enough,” from the @sosadtoday Twitter account. Each tweet is an effort to connect, to entertain, and to score a tiny dopamine hit as the faves and retweets come rolling in — because her tweets are an effect of the very obsessions she is speaking about. In her book […]

Giant Love for Giant Days by John Allison and Whitney Cogar

Posted May 23, 2016 in Reviews / 13 Comments
Giant Love for Giant Days by John Allison and Whitney Cogar

I’m still a newbie to the comics game, but when I came across Giant Days, Vol. 1 at my job at the library, I couldn’t help reading the first few pages. And I was IMMEDIATELY hooked. I requested the first two volumes from the library and basically devoured them. Giant Days follows three students who recently started university and quickly became best friends: Goth, statuesque Esther, whose powers for stirring up drama are truly remarkable; snarky, cynical Susan, the trio’s […]

Book Review: The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz

Posted May 10, 2016 in Reviews / 3 Comments
Book Review: The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz

Safely secluded from the Outside world by a massive stone wall, Calamity Leek and her 12 sisters spend their days tending roses in the Garden, embroidering petal-stuffed cushions, and learning the skills they will use when they are old enough to go to war against the demonmales. In the place of textbooks, their dedicated, deformed caregiver Aunty instructs them from her multi-volume Appendix, a document made up of a Showreel; beauty rituals; and bizarre myths about the sisters’ purpose, life Outside, […]

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: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Posted December 11, 2014 in Reviews / 26 Comments
Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

On a snowy Toronto night, famous actor Arthur Leander has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a former paparazzo who had followed Arthur’s career, is in the audience and leaps to the actor’s aid. On the sidelines, child actress Kirsten Raymonde watches Jeevan, now an EMT-in-training, perform CPR on the fallen actor. However, despite Jeevan’s best efforts, Arthur dies. Walking home from the theater that night, Jeevan learns that a deadly flu that originated in […]

Book Review: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Posted January 10, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges, Reviews / 20 Comments
Book Review: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

It’s 1920 in Chicago, and the parties are swinging, but 28-year-old Hadley Richardson has nearly given up on finding love and a happy marriage. The tides turn when she meets a young Ernest Hemingway, who sweeps her off her feet. After a whirlwind marriage, they marry and move to Paris, where they fall in with an artistic crowd later known as the Lost Generation. The Paris Wife is the story of Hadley, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, during their time in […]

Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy

Posted October 6, 2013 in Reviews / 15 Comments
Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy

Hey, I read The Hunger Games trilogy! Okay, by “read,” I mean, “partially read but mostly listened to on audiobook.” I know I’m totally behind the curve on this, but can I be a massive hipster and brag that I read the first book before it was popular? No? Well anyway, I read the first book maybe a year after it came out, when I was on summer vacation after my first year of college. I enjoyed it but not enough […]

Audiobook Mini Reviews: Memoir Edition

Posted July 29, 2013 in Reviews / 5 Comments
Audiobook Mini Reviews: Memoir Edition

Last week I posted a few mini reviews of audiobooks I’ve listened to in the last few months/year. Today I’m back with Round 2! This post rounds out all of the audiobooks I’ve listened to (or can remember listening to) with the exception of The Hunger Games trilogy, which I think will get its own post. Anyway, it turns out that I really like listening to memoirs by funny ladies, because that’s what three of these four books are. Without […]

Audiobook Mini Reviews

Posted July 23, 2013 in Reviews / 9 Comments
Audiobook Mini Reviews

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how I’ve gotten into audiobooks in the last few months. There was some great discussion in the comments about what we look for in audiobooks vs. print books and about some of our favorite books to listen to on audio. I realized that I haven’t actually reviewed any of the books I’ve listened to on audio, so I thought I’d do a post briefly discussing some of them! Bonk: The Curious […]

Book Review: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Posted July 21, 2013 in Reviews / 23 Comments
Book Review: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Okay, I know Life After Life has been reviewed about 800 bagillion times and you’ve all read it already and there isn’t anything I could possibly add to the conversation… but I read it and loved it, and now I want to talk about it. If you’ve somehow missed the buzz surrounding this book, I’ll lay out the premise for you. Ursula Todd is born on a snowy night in 1910 but dies immediately because the umbilical cord is wrapped around […]