Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Bucket List

I love making book-related goals and crossing things off lists, so naturally I couldn't resist this week's Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish. So here are the top ten things on my bookish bucket list: 10. Read David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. I'm terrified of this. 9. Read H.P. Lovecraft's entire oeuvre. I love horror,… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Bucket List

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Big Books: Love ’em or Hate ’em?

I'm currently up to my ears in Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, a big book if ever there was one, with most editions clocking in at around a thousand pages. I started reading it on February 16, which means that I'm already more than month in (and about two-thirds of the way through the book). All I have… Continue reading Big Books: Love ’em or Hate ’em?

Matilda Reviews: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Summary: The short story, "Franny", takes place in an unnamed college town and tells the tale of an undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around her. The novella, Zooey, is named for Zooey Glass, the second-youngest member of the Glass family. As his younger sister, Franny, suffers a spiritual… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Matilda Reviews: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

I love books about books. I just can't get enough. I love reading books about what other people love about books. I love knowing that there are other readers out there who love books as much as I do, who collect books as obsessively as I do, and whose houses are as packed with books… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Matilda Reviews: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Unpopular Opinion: I didn't really like this book. But hear me out. Most of the people I know who have read Divergent loved it, and I think that's great! I love when people love books, and I even appreciate it when people love books that I don't particularly like, because it makes me think more about what… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Matilda Reviews: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Summary via Goodreads: In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Matilda Reviews: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Goodreads Summary: Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like...and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity,… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Matilda Reviews: Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky

Summary Jacob Tomsky never intended to go into the hotel business. As a new college graduate, armed only with a philosophy degree and a singular lack of career direction, he became a valet parker for a large luxury hotel in New Orleans. Yet, rising fast through the ranks, he ended up working in “hospitality” for more than… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky

2013: My Reading Year in Review

2013 has been, for me, an excellent year of reading. This year my Goodreads Challenge was to read 40 books, and  I exceeded my goal by 2 (so far!). This year I also began this blog, in an effort to better remember the books I've read. I like being able to go back through my… Continue reading 2013: My Reading Year in Review

Matilda Reviews: Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn

Prior to reading this biography of Charles Manson, one of the most infamous mass murderers in the world, I knew surprisingly little about him. I wasn't exactly sure who he had killed and why. I basically just knew he was a sociopath. I wanted to know more mostly out of morbid curiosity. Jeff Guinn's biography… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn