Landline is the book I kept putting off reading, because everyone said it was about a "magic phone." I'm not much for magic or fantasy, but then, neither is Rainbow Rowell, so I was a little curious. One of my friends kept telling me how much she loves it, though, and how it's not a book about a phone--it's ...
It’s official: as of today, I’ve been married to this guy for 13 years. I’m not a suspicious person, generally, but I kind of feel like 13’s always been my lucky number. I think this might be our best year yet, honey! In honor of our anniversary, I thought I’d go back to see what was on the bestseller list on the day we ...
Soooo, I dare you not to love this book. Mambo in Chinatown is the story of Charlie Wong, a Chinese-American young woman who feels like she’s stuck in her own life. Her father is a noodle maker at the local noodle restaurant in New York’s Chinatown. Charlie works there too, badly, as a dishwasher. She hates her job, but she’s ...
If you’ve ever looked at my Goodreads list, you’ll know just how much I love Southern fiction, and novels that are located in and around Sullivan’s Island, in particular. I’ve read nearly everything Dorothea Benton Frank‘s ever written, for instance, and there’s nothing quite like a good, lazy, beachy summer read. Whether or not The Summer Wind is a good, lazy, ...
Catching Air is a nice little vacation escape of a read. Kira and her husband Peter set off from their high-stress jobs in Florida to try their hands at running a bed & breakfast with Peter’s brother, Rand, and his wife, Alyssa. None of them has done anything quite like it before, but they each bring their separate talents–and baggage–to ...
  I was so excited to start reading Delicious!: A Novel. The synopsis promises a story about a girl, New York, renowned chef James Beard (!), and a food magazine. It’s like someone asked me what I love and then pitched a big, fat juicy one right to me. Delicious! is absolutely everything it promises, and more. A story about family and relationships, ...
A Scattered Life is proof positive that self-publishing is not always the mire of horrifying drivel its cracked up to be. Karen McQuestion is a fun, talented writer who shopped her manuscripts around, but just couldn’t get her foot in the traditional publishing door. This can happen for a number of reasons, but knowing, as I do, a couple of ...
I was initially really interested in reading Beauty: A Novel. It’s a tale about a female executive who goes to shut down a dying fish processing plant, only to discover she wants to buy it. She falls in love with the town and the people. It sounded like exactly my kind of book! Instead, this one felt like a ...
I’m struggling to find the words to begin this post. I’m not quite sure how to talk about Me Since You without giving away too much, and yet, it’s such a powerful book, it deserves quite a lot of discussion. Maybe I’ll start with the publisher’s synopsis: Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she ...
The three things I love to read most? YA lit, historical fiction, and Asian-American lit. So when a book like Pioneer Girl comes along that combines an obsession with Little House on the Prairie and a narrator whose parents emigrated from Vietnam, I’m all in. The basic premise is this: Lee Lien’s grandfather owned a small cafe in Vietnam in ...