The first line of the synopsis for Of Monsters and Madness says, “A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.” So…that pretty much sealed the deal for me right there. Gothic? Check. Romantic? Historical? Check-check. POE? JUST HAND IT OVER, PLEASE. I’ve been in ...
Everybody, say hi to Kristina! She blogs with Daphne over at Gone Pecan, a blog I love, and I adore Kristina for keeping me from making horrible fashion mistakes and making me laugh on a routine basis. She’s basically fabulous. Take it away, Kristina!   ~ FREE TIME WITH KRISTINA ~ Outside of reading I never really had a hobby (unless you ...
I know, I know, I’ve been dragging my feet about writing these reviews! There’s no real reason for it, really; sometimes it just takes me a little longer to process a book, and figure out what I want to say about it. Sometimes, that’s a sign that a book made a deep and lasting impression on me. For the ...
I thought it was going to be really hard to put together my ideal literary lunch table, but it turns out it was really easy! Here we go: the top ten people I’d want sitting with me, and why (aka, some of my favorite friends in book land)! Every girl needs a BFF (or two or three), and I’m pretty ...
August is gone, and I’m waving summer goodbye through the back window of my proverbial station wagon. I’m so sorry to see summer go…as much as I love having my kids back in school and a little routine re-established, I will miss these lazy days! Thank goodness we have this one, last weekend to make the most of what’s left! In the meantime, ...
As we head off into the last big weekend of summer, I know a lot of you are headed off to the sun, sand, and lots of time to read and relax. What better time to grab a beach read and throw it in your bag? Just for you, this weekend, I’ve compiled a list of my very favorite beach reads. I’ve ...
This has been the week of the beach novel, and it all started with Jenny Han. There is so much about The Summer I Turned Pretty that’s absolutely perfect summer reading. If you’re in love with the ocean, as I am, Han’s descriptions will evoke the warmth, freedom, and elation of being on vacation at the beach so flawlessly, you’ll ...
“I thought she was stealing my life, but in truth she opened its compartments and let me look inside.” The Miniaturist is a sheer oddity of a novel–every bit as curious in its workmanship as the miniature figures described in the novel; as delightfully artistic as it is thought-provokingly disconcerting. To say I enjoyed The Miniaturist would be to go too far, and yet, I didn’t ...
Are you a road-trip kind of person? I know I am. Or I used to be. I grew up taking road trips with my family, but when I went to college, that’s when the bug really hit me. I absolutely love to drive, and when you live in an apartment with five other girls, like I did, sometimes the car is your ...
  This topic made me smile, because I was just making a mental list last night, as I fell asleep, of all the books I’ve added to my list because my girls have insisted I NEED to read them IMMEDIATELY (and, of course, they’ve been totally right)! So, without further ado, the Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me I ...