You’re a Life Murderer. You Murder People’s Lives

…Sincerest apologies to those confused by my title, but if you haven’t seen Mean Girls, you’re definitely not going to care about this book, so I suggest you move along to my more serious reviews (Kazuo Ishiguro and Joan Didion, perhaps).                                    …

Need to While Away a Winter Weekend? Try a Cozy Mystery

  I had never heard the term “cozy mystery” until a few months back. I have made my love for mysteries fairly apparent on the site, but I always lumped them into one category. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that within the mystery genre sits a small, adorable category described by Wikipedia as:…

An Exploration of England with Kazuo Ishiguro

I can’t decide if I love Kazuo Ishiguro or not. Never Let Me Go had me captivated through its final pages and thinking about it beyond that, but I couldn’t even get through The Buried Giant. I just finished The Remains of the Day and I’m feeling somewhere in between about it. Granted, I read…

2016’s Finest: ‘The Nix’ by Nathan Hill

  I wrote yesterday about breaking out of a reading rut, and after devouring the 620-page behemoth The Nix in a matter of two days, I think I can safely say the curse has been lifted. The ultimate measure of a book’s quality is, in my opinion, when you get close to the end and…

The Mothers Will Break You Out of Your Reading Rut

It was just about this time last year that I wrote about Fates and Furies, a book I didn’t know anything about, which managed to blow me away. I read a lot of books, and, sadly enough, it’s become increasingly rare for books to take me by surprise in the way Fates and Furies did….

Fall Fiction Favorites, Part 2

Though it is about a month late, as promised, the second half of my Fall Fiction Favorites series has arrived. I always tell myself I’m going to post more regularly…and, as evidenced by the fact that it’s been nearly a month, I haven’t yet been successful. Here’s hoping that 2017 is actually the year of…

Fall Fiction Favorites: Part I

            PART I: The Muse               I love Fiction books, but I’ve gotten to a point in life where I read so many of them, that for me to truly enjoy one, it needs to have “a hook.” Generally, that hook is a page-turning “thriller” element—but when it’s something altogether more unique—then all the…

Let Me Upgrade Ya: Better Versions of Popular Books

  Featuring two fall faves.              Unless you’re living under a rock that safely shields you from all things pop culture, it’s likely you’re aware of the phenomenon that was John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars and the movie adaptation that came along with it. If you had the finger on the pulse of…

Get Your Sh*t Together September, Literary Edition

    Unlike most people, January is not my preferred time for resolutions. Since January is my birthday month, I generally spend it indulging, reserving the New Year diets and detoxes for the rest of the world. For me, September is the month of motivation. Maybe it’s the Back-to-School organizers and calendars prominently featured in…

Swinging Back to the Sixties & Seventies

Two Nostalgic Reads to Add to Your Fall List Towards the end of each summer, I always fatigued by the deluge of contemporary fiction/trashy book hybrids that we call ‘beach reads’, and this year was no exception. However, I’m not one to forgo a lazy summer day composed entirely of reading, so I knew compromise…

Summer Reads Series: The Grand Finale

  I have reviewed my fair share of “summer’s best books” this year, and, while they are books that I love reading, I have found that they are my least favorite topic to tackle. First of all, they are reviewed by everyone—Amazon readers, your mom’s friend who just so happened to have read that book…

At Hampden College, A Different Kind of Greek Life

  I’ve made no secret of the fact that I did not share the public affection for Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch. Given the praise it received, though, I was determined to take a stab at some of her other work, in hope of discerning that it was the protagonist [quite possible] or…