Bookstagrams & Summertime

I'm officially finished with my second semester of library school, so to celebrate, my girlfriend and I went for a little vacation at a nearby lakeside town. We stayed at this bed & breakfast called the Allyn Mansion, which was possibly the coolest place I've ever spent the night (and I've spent the night in… Continue reading Bookstagrams & Summertime

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: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I read this book out loud to my girlfriend over the course of several months. The slow reading pace was nice, because the plot moves along at an easy pace. The novel is character-driven and hauntingly atmospheric; creepy, but not scary; heavy, but not depressing. In The Little Stranger, the upper class is in decline in post-WWII Britain.… Continue reading Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

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

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

Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

It's time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic: the top ten books on our summer TBR lists. 1. The Magicians by Lev Grossman 2. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher 3. Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp 4. Hidden Lives: A Family Memoir… Continue reading Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

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: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Hello, fellow bookishly inclined people! Happy spring! It's finally beginning to warm up here. In case any of you missed me terribly (doubtful), I apologize for my absence over the last several weeks---Les Mis took longer to finish than expected, I went on a trip to New Mexico (it was wonderful), and then the Easter holidays… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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