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Ready Player One – a Sci Fi Novel Everyone Should Read

Ready Player One – a Sci Fi Novel Everyone Should Read

ShareTweet Sci-Fi is a niche genre, one that you either love or hate. Some titles, like Harry Potter and (arguably) Twilight, transcend the genre and become must reads for the masses. I usually limit my sci fi book raves to those I know love the genre. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is so engrossing and creativeContinue Reading

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

ShareTweet As a graduate of a New England boarding school, I was very curious to read the Starboard Sea by Ambert Dermont. This was Dermont’s debut novel. I have a special appetite for boarding school coming of age novels, from a Separate Peace to Prep. I’m hungry to see how the author chooses to depict boardingContinue Reading

the Fault in our Stars – a Modern Day Romance

the Fault in our Stars – a Modern Day Romance

ShareTweet I’ll talk to anyone about books. No perfect stranger at the dentist’s office is safe from my enthusiastic recommendation of the page turner currently keeping me up at night. My 12 year old daughter is a different story. She loves books as much as I do, but is happiest keeping her opinions to herself.Continue Reading

Dauntless Chocolate Cake

Dauntless Chocolate Cake

ShareTweet For the last year or so, Bella and I have been in an informal book club, passing books back and forth, sitting down on a Friday night to watch the movie. For me, it’s a great excuse to read some really fun young adult novels. For her, it’s a chance to be welcomed toContinue Reading

Aloha Also Means Goodbye: a Book Review

Aloha Also Means Goodbye: a Book Review

ShareTweet Today for book review, I’m sharing a title that I’m particularly excited to share with you. Aloha Also Means Goodbye is a lovely novel that celebrates love and friendship. It’s beautifully written with prose that makes you pause and rich characters that linger with you. It’s also a novel that was written by myContinue Reading

A Fall of Marigolds Book Review and Giveaway

A Fall of Marigolds Book Review and Giveaway

ShareTweet Novels about New York City have a special draw for me. I’ve been a New Yorker since moving there after college, and although my current zip code is far away, it still feels like home. Reading about New York keeps its pulse close. I recently read A Fall of Marigold by Susan Meissner, aContinue Reading

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

ShareTweet I heard about the Goldfinch by Donna Tartt for months before I sank down on the couch this January and began reading it. I read about it in the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. It topped the Amazon 2013 best books list and popped up over and over again in my GoodReads recommendations.Continue Reading

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

ShareTweet Like many of you, I’m sure, I read Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert when it came out in 2006, and loved it. I struggled a bit through the Pray section, but ironically, Gilbert’s honest sharing of her search for faith has probably stayed with me much more than the sections on food andContinue Reading

City of Lost Dreams: Pure Guilty Pleasure Reading

City of Lost Dreams: Pure Guilty Pleasure Reading

ShareTweet When my life is crazy hectic and too filled with car pooling, I turn to guilty pleasure reading for relief, along with a well chilled glass of Riesling. City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte is the perfect example of my type of fun read. Written by two friends under a pseudonym, the bookContinue Reading

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis: a Forgotten Page Turner

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis: a Forgotten Page Turner

ShareTweet How do you feel about science fiction? A great science fiction novel is one of my favorite guilty pleasures and I’ve recently joined a second book club just to indulge. We didn’t intend to limit it to women, as we thought we’d find few female science fiction lovers, but one by one, the groupContinue Reading

Life After Life Book Review

Life After Life Book Review

ShareTweet Ever wonder about the big decisions you’ve made in your life and how different things would be if you’d chosen otherwise? Kate Atkinson‘s latest novel, Life After Life, takes that notion and pushes it to the extreme, bringing her main character back to lead slightly altered lives every time she dies. The main characterContinue Reading

Beautiful Ruins: The Last Book You Must Read This Summer

Beautiful Ruins: The Last Book You Must Read This Summer

ShareTweet One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday night is stroll the tables of my neighborhood independent bookstore. I pick up books as I go and finally narrow my selections down to three to bring home. I picked up Beautiful Ruins many times over the last year, but it didn’t make itContinue Reading

The Chaperone – Finally a Great 2013 Summer Read

The Chaperone – Finally a Great 2013 Summer Read

ShareTweet This summer my books have been totally blah. Nothing has moved me with either plot or prose. I was craving an escapist read, something beautifully written that hooked me from page one, and I finally found it with The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. The novel made me think, made me cry, and most importantly,Continue Reading

Quotes and Optimism From Michael Pollan on Cooked Book Tour

Quotes and Optimism From Michael Pollan on Cooked Book Tour

ShareTweet On Sunday night, I headed to Elmhurst College with Emily Paster to hear Michael Pollan discuss his latest book, Cooked. Although I’m a big fan of Michael Pollan, I was a tad apprehensive. I was tired, mind churning with the planning to get through the busy week that would begin in the morning. IContinue Reading

The Crooked Branch – a Book Review

The Crooked Branch – a Book Review

ShareTweet Historical fiction plunges the reader into another time, and often giving readers a new appreciation for the conveniences of their easy, modern lives. Jeanine Cummins‘ novel The Crooked Branch takes the dissonance of historical fiction to another level by intermingling a mother’s story set in current day with another set in the past, inContinue Reading