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. …

5 Reasons to Read THE PATH MADE CLEAR by Oprah Winfrey

In her latest book, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The book's ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to …

DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451 by Annie Spence | Review

Dear Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence, Since you are a book of letters written to other books, I feel like it’s only fitting that my review of you is also in the form of a letter to a book. (Wow, that was a lot of letters and books.) To be honest, I never even knew you existed until I randomly …

THE BIG SHORT by Michael Lewis | Review

As an English major, I’ve never much been a person interested in economics. Economics has always perplexed me as a subject, with its ever-expanding jargon and web of theories (says the current law student…). But at a certain point I acknowledged that I should probably at least have a vague idea of certain economic-related topics …

THE LIFTED VEIL by George Eliot | Review

To be honest, I knew nothing about The Lifted Veil by George Eliot (1859) before I started reading it—and that’s precisely how I recommend approaching this little novella. I picked it up because I enjoyed Eliot's massive novel Middlemarch and wanted to read more of her writing. However, this Victorian novella is a significant departure from Eliot's …

OF MICE AND MEN by John Steinbeck | Review

John Steinbeck's classic novel Of Mice and Men is one of those books that people are usually assigned to read in high school; however, for some reason I was never assigned this in all my years of high school and as a college English major. I figured that I should probably read something by Steinbeck since I am a …

GOOD OMENS by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman | Review

One second, I graduated college. The next second, it seemed like everyone on earth was suddenly obsessed with Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, both in novel and television series form. Eager to know what everyone was gushing about, I quickly hopped aboard this angelic/demonic train and listened to the audiobook. First, I would highly recommend this …