Dear THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C.S. Lewis: Some unexpected mixed emotions

Dear The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: We have a bit of a long, complicated relationship, you and I. Unlike so many other people my age, for some reason I didn't read you when I was younger. Instead, I started reading you for the first time a few years ago and, over the span …

Dear THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett: Like flipping through a photo album

Dear The Dutch House by Ann Patchett: For years I've seen Ann Patchett's books on the shelves of libraries and bookstores and have always been intrigued by popularity. When I happened upon an audiobook of you recently, I finally decided to see what the buzz about this writer was all about. Set over the course …

Dear THE FALCONER by Dana Czapnik: you were an excellent birthday present (even though you made me cry)

Dear The Falconer by Dana Czapnik: When I first finished reading you, one of the first thoughts that popped into my mind was: I don't know if I can share my thoughts about this one on the blog. My connection to you became more and more personal as you progress and I didn't know if …

Dear THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orleans: major Fahrenheit 451 vibes, an arson mystery, and librarian nostalgia

Dear The Library Book by Susan Orleans: One of my favorite genres of books--if you can call it a genre--is books about books. This category also encompasses books about libraries, so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across you in audiobook form on the Libby app. Somehow I had never heard about the …

Dear EDUCATED by Tara Westover: Worth the hype?!

Dear Educated by Tara Westover, You are one of the most hyped books I've read in a while. Not only did you appear on countless must-read lists, but you were also recommended to me by numerous bookworms online and friends in person. At first I was quite skeptical, I must admit. How good could you …

Dear THE PALE KING by David Foster Wallace: for a book about boredom, you were surprisingly interesting

Dear The Pale King by David Foster Wallace, I have a tendency to enjoy books that many readers deem boring, dull, longwinded, and painstakingly meticulous. (Examples? Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Grant by Ron Chernow, etc.) There's just something about an author putting in an enormous amount of time …

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 …