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 ...
I'll admit that I still haven't read Andrews' Me & Earl and the Dying Girl, but I adore the movie and screenwriting, so I went in to The Haters with high expectations. I wanted to be in love. And I was, for the first half. The depictions of teenage jazz-poseurs, the male friendships, the subdued awkwardness...I fell hard for ...
We’re friends, right? And friends can be honest with each other, and admit when they’ve, say, not exactly kept up their end of the deal? I KNOW. This is a book blog, and here I am, blithely reading away, and NOT REVIEWING ANYTHING. YOU GUYS. I could offer excuses (holidays health concerns surgery crazy crazy new church responsibilities) but come on, now. I’ve ...
This is the book that made me eat my words. I think I’ve mentioned a couple of times before that usually I really dislike short stories. I mean, I’ll read the occasional, well-written short story on its own and enjoy it. And it’s not like I dislike short-form writing–I’m an essayist, at heart, and I like things succinct. But there’s ...
“Please don’t confuse love and logic, Charlie. They aren’t even remotely related.” OK, so: first, let me just say that I have been watching for this book for a *long* time. Ages ago, Mike Mullin–whom a lot of you will know from the Ashfall series–mentioned that one of his writing group friends had had her book picked up, and that it was ...
Confession: I’ve never read Cyrano de Bergerac, but I’ve seen Roxanne, so that counts, right?   Sway is a retelling of Cyrano, from a modernized, YA point of view. For those who don’t know the basics: boy uses friend to woo girl for him. Friend falls for girl, and everything falls apart. Sway, aka Jesse Alderman, is the “friend” in this story. He’s a ...
  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 ...
There is nothing like a Daphne du Maurier book. You’re probably familiar with her work, whether you know it or not–du Maurier wrote the short story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and is probably most famous for her novel Rebecca, which was made into a fantastic movie with Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. (Omgosh, just thinking about it makes me ...