Dear THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas: A gold star for this year’s Big Book of the Summer

Dear The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas:  For the past handful of summers, I’ve chosen a larger, more intimidating book to read over the summer months. Previous participants in this little challenge have been Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. …

Dear SUMMER CROSSING by Truman Capote: A triple-layered surprise

Dear Summer Crossing by Truman Capote:  Lately it seems as though I’ve acquired a knack for picking up the most recent book an author has written or published without ever having read any of their other work. Although you were the first novel ever written by Truman Capote, you weren’t published until over fifty years …

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that were the most fun to review

Happy Tuesday!! This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic asks us to shared the books we loved but never reviewed. Since I've reviewed most of the books I've loved over the years, I thought it would be fun to share my ten favorite reviews that I've written. 1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. …

Dear DIGITAL MINIMALISM by Cal Newport: Interesting from a pandemic perspective

Dear Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport:  Given the current pandemic and ensuing lockdown measures, it’s not an overstatement to say that the majority of my daily communication for the past few months has been digital. From online classes and Zoom lectures to work emails and phone calls, I’ve gotten used to going about my day …

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Colorful Titles

Happy Tuesday!! This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is a pretty simple one: books with colors in their titles. At a first glance I expected this list to be a bit challenging to fill, but I was surprised to find that there are actually many more books with colors …

JULY 2020 | Wrap-Up

July was a busy month, but somehow I managed to still get quite a bit of reading done. Here's what I was up to in July: In July, I read a total of 10 books: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre DumasUprooted by Naomi NovikThis Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann …

Top Ten Tuesdays: My bookshop bucket list

Happy Tuesday!! This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share ten book events or festivals that we'd love to go to someday. Instead, I'd like to focus on ten bookshops I'd love to visit someday. (Can you tell that I miss visiting bookstores so much?!) Strand | …

Reading Rush 2020 TBR

Get excited!! It's that time of year again--the Reading Rush is here!! The Reading Rush is a weeklong readathon hosted by Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay. This year the Reading Rush is taking place from July 20 to July 26. Check out their website for more information. I've been participating in the Reading Rush (formerly …

Dear LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng: What genre do you belong in?

Dear Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: You've been one of the most recommended books on my TBR ever since I watched and enjoyed Big Little Lies a few years ago. I had never read anything by Celeste Ng up until this point, and numerous other bookworms recommended you both for your gripping story and …

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that are like pep talks

Happy Tuesday! This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share ten books that make us smile. Today I thought I'd specifically recommend ten books that feel like pep talks. There's nothing better than a pep talk from a family member, friend, or mentor, but sometimes a pep …