Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

There are very few books that I would classify as "weird," but Miranda July's The First Bad Man is definitely one of them. My partner, to whom I read this book aloud, was over it by the time we were halfway through; it was too strange for her. I, on the other hand, found it… Continue reading Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Review: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

Okay, this is my second book in a row by one of the writers of The Office. B. J. Novak's debut book of short stories was extremely entertaining. (And when I say short, I do mean short. The stories in this collection range from a few lines to several pages.) I feel kind of strange saying this,… Continue reading Review: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

Matilda Reviews: Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Genre: Memoir Published: 1996   I recently read and reviewed Gail Caldwell's Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship. It was about Caldwell's friendship with Caroline Knapp---the author of Drinking: A Love Story. Naturally, after that I had to read Caroline's book, so here we are ... and even though I loved it, I think I'll be taking a… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Matilda Reviews: Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

Genre: Memoir Published: 1998   Marya Hornbacher's Wasted, one of the most well known eating disorder memoirs out there, has been praised as a very honest account of one woman's decade-long struggle with the devastating effects of anorexia and bulimia. It probably won't come as a surprise to hear that its honesty is what makes it a difficult and very gruesome read.… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Today I was surprised and flattered to be nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, by one of my favorite book bloggers, Annette at booknerderie! Thanks so much, Annette! (Seriously, her blog is awesome, and her reviews are very entertaining. Go check it out!)   Here are the rules for this blogger award: 1. Thank and… Continue reading The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Matilda Reviews: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Genre: Fantasy Published: 2009   Lev Grossman's The Magicians has been described as Harry Potter plus The Chronicles of Narnia for adults, and in a way, that's a fair assessment. But The Magicians is also something entirely its own. It has a vastly different feel than the Harry Potter books: grittier, more sordid. It seems to be at once more and… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Friday Favorites: Memoirs

I've decided to start a little weekly meme wherein I highlight some of my favorite books---whether it be within a genre, or with a certain theme, or from a certain time period. Anyone is welcome to play along! Feel free to steal my image and/or post your own favorites in the comments! MEMOIRS A lot of… Continue reading Friday Favorites: Memoirs

Bookish Questions

So I saw this list of bookish questions on the totally awesome book blog booknerderie, and I just couldn't resist answering them for myself! What are your top three book pet peeves? 1. Books that switch between various characters' points of view. Right when I'm really getting into one character's story, it's interrupted for another… Continue reading Bookish Questions

Matilda Reviews: Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill

Summary: Jenna Miscavige Hill was raised to obey. As the niece of the Church of Scientology's leader David Miscavige, she grew up at the center of this highly controversial and powerful organization. But at twenty-one, Jenna made a daring break, risking everything she had ever known and loved to leave Scientology once and for all.… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill

Matilda Reviews: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Published: 2009 Summary: Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson