Dear LONGBOURN by Jo Baker: An unconventional companion to Pride and Prejudice

Dear Longbourn by Jo Baker, I've had my eye on you for a while. When I was in high school I worked as a page at my local library, and I would often pick you up when I walked by you on the shelf and read your inside flap, intrigued by your basic premise. A …

Dear 84, CHARING CROSS ROAD by Helene Hanff: YOU MAKE MY INNER BOOKWORM SO HAPPY.

Dear 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff: It seems fitting that I write this review in the form of a letter to you, since you yourself are a book comprised of letters. I honestly don't even know where to begin. Many fellow bookworms recommended that I read you, so many that one actually offered …

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell: An obvious discovery?

Dear Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell: I have some mixed feelings about you. It's taken me a while to work them out, but I think I'll finally be able to articulate them. Your general premise is so, so interesting. Your tagline--What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know--speaks for itself. What sorts …

FIND ME by André Aciman: Unnecessary self-indulgence?

Dear Find Me by André Aciman, I had such high hopes for you. You were advertised as a sequel to Call Me By Your Name, the iconic romance novel that took the bookworm world by storm a few years ago. Announcement of your publication immediately sparked a dozen questions in my mind: What would happen …

Dear WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING by Haruki Murakami: you are quite a sticky one

Dear What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami, Even though I had only read one book by Haruki Murakami before (the short story collection Men Without Women, which I very much enjoyed) I was greatly interested in reading you because of your intriguing title. I love getting a look into …

Dear THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss: I FINALLY READ YOU!!!

Dear The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, We have skirted around each other for many years, you and I. Countless friends and fellow bookworms have recommended that I read you. Upon learning that I love The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, people have jumped on the opportunity to recommend you time …

Dear THE BOOKSHOP by Penelope Fitzgerald: You are a bittersweet circle

I bought my copy of you mainly because (a) it was on sale (b) it had a pretty cover, and (c) I can't resist a book about books. I distinctly remember starting you while sitting on park near my new apartment in the town where I attended law school. It was a beautiful late August day and, …

I’m Writing Letters to Books in 2020?

Today I'd like to talk about a little change that will be happening with how I review books in 2020.  A few months ago I read Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence, which is a book of letters this librarian wrote to books she read over the years. In the spirit of this book, I wrote my …

Looking Back at 2019

Every year for the past few years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) I've made one of these posts, and each year I'm even more surprised by how much can be packed into just twelve months. 2019 was an... interesting year. The highs were amazing, and the lows were... well, not great. I had a blast during …

ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han | Review

I finally did it! I finished the Lara Jean trilogy by Jenny Han! It's been quite a while since I finished a series, and I credit audiobooks with this recent development of mine. I listened to all three of these books, and you can check out my reviews of To All the Boys I've Loved Before and P.S. …