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Summer Reading Favorites

ShareTweet Part of what has made this summer so relaxing and enjoyable has been the books on my nightstand. Most are not new releases, but their pages are dog eared, filled with sand from Michigan beaches and splashes of water from the pool, all signs of great reads. Here’s my summer greatest hits so far,Continue Reading

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty: a Travel Novel with a Twist

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty: a Travel Novel with a Twist

ShareTweet Novels written in the second person are few and far between. JUST LIKE AN EMAIL IN ALL CAPS; second person novels are hard to write and hard to read. The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida is an exception to the rule. The second person point of view plunges the reader into theContinue Reading

The Barter: A Delightfully Creepy Post Partum Ghost Story

The Barter: A Delightfully Creepy Post Partum Ghost Story

ShareTweet As a rule, I don’t like ghost stories. I prefer my horror to be physical: alluring vampires, fast spreading viruses, and even witches. Had I realized that the Barter, a novel by Siobhan Adcock, centered around a ghost, I never would have picked it up. And that would have been my loss, as I wouldContinue Reading

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

ShareTweet Over the last month or so, I have picked up and put down Kitchens of the Great Midwest multiple times without buying it. The title and descriptions just didn’t appeal for some reason. Then finally, serendipitously, in a hurry for a long flight somewhere, I grabbed it for my plane read pile. Had IContinue Reading

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Trilogy

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Trilogy

ShareTweet My book reviews took a bit of a hiatus this summer and I blame Lev Grossman. I’d read his first novel, The Magicians a few years ago, but only read the last two in the trilogy this summer, a delicious binge that I recommend to anyone who hasn’t discovered The Magicians Trilogy yet. AsContinue Reading

Book Review: The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Book Review: The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles

ShareTweet What would happen if two sisters were thrust into two very different situations, one married to a wealthy man and living a city socialite life in Recife and the other captured by an cangaceiro outlaw and living in the wilderness? Would they maintain their connection living in different locations, different classes? Take this premiseContinue Reading

Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

ShareTweet I’ve been working a lot on my fiction lately, taking a class, slowly building the word count on my science fiction novel, Blister. 18,000 words to date, and many delicious afternoons spent daydreaming and world building. To keep moving towards the finish line, the arbitrary goal of 50,000 words, I’m taking  a novel writingContinue Reading

Red Rising By Pierce Brown: Weekend Book Pick

Red Rising By Pierce Brown: Weekend Book Pick

ShareTweet Since the Hunger Games came out, hundreds of young adult dystopian novels have been published. A few, like Legend and Divergent, came close to being as thrilling and well written a read. They kept me up late, one more chapter after one more chapter, completely hooked with their fast paced plots. But it wasn’tContinue Reading

California by Edan Lepucki: Dystopian Fiction for Adults

California by Edan Lepucki: Dystopian Fiction for Adults

ShareTweet Dystopian fiction is so addictive that it colors my view of the world. After too much binge reading, all government entities begin to look threatening, from the overly jovial crossing guard at school to the angry tea party candidates on TV. But when I binge on too much young adult dystopian fiction, the worldContinue Reading

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