I went through a period with books where it seemed like absolutely everything I picked up with a chore. I'm the type of girl who gets excited by covers, and usually leaves a library with a stack of seven or eight, but for a long while, not much even looked good. But last December, All We Have Left caught ...
Mischling: (German. plural: Mischlinge): "mixed-blood." The legal term used in Nazi Germany to denote persons deemed to have both Aryan and Jewish ancestry. I thought I would be engrossed by Mischling. I have an intense curiosity about the years and people surrounding World War II, particularly those in Germany while the war raged. I have long believed in the complexity of humanity, ...
My dad's father is the third of my grandparents to be diagnosed with dementia. I sit next to him in the car as he drives us to brunch, today, and wonder for how much longer I'll be able to do this. He still remembers how to drive; how to eat; who I am. Someday, none of these things will ...
Some days, it seems like we could all use a little bit of joy in our lives, no? Maybe some of us are looking for a kinder, gentler world to escape to? Well, then! May I suggest ten of my favorite books that are exactly what I think you're looking for? 1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ...
Guys! I sat down this morning to choose THE book to share with you. I read a lot of books over the past year and a half, but I was sure there would be one that stood out as THE ONE--the powerhouse that must be reviewed and shared. And I found one. And then another, and another and another. So rather than ...
“I missed night. I had other reasons to disobey, too like wanting to escape the cameras, but most of all, I missed the deep, vacant darkness of night.” I love a good first line, and the beginning of The Vault of Dreamers captured me, immediately. Anyone who’s read O’Brien’s Birthmarked trilogy knows what a statement she’s making with that first ...
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 ...
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 ...
  It’s such a bummer when you go into a sequel with high hopes and it’s just…kinda…okay. There’s nothing wrong with the writing in Just Call My Name. Holly’s style, which I quite like, is the same here–shorter sentences, which make for more pauses, causing me to process each a little more thoughtfully. She’s a different voice in YA, and I really enjoy her writing. The ...
My backlist choice, today, is I’ll Be There. I originally picked this up from the library because I’m planning to review its sequel, Just Call My Name, which released last week, but I really enjoyed reading the first book! (And yes, the titles totally refer to the Jackson 5 song on purpose. I sang them to myself every time I picked ...