Dear THE SECOND PERSEPHONE BOOK OF SHORT STORIES: Lovely, bittersweet snapshots of the twentieth century

Dear The Second Persephone Book of Short Stories: I purchased you on an amazing return trip to England last summer, and have been waiting to read you ever since. As I wrote about in this post, I honestly never thought I would get the opportunity to visit Persephone Books, and when I did I knew …

Dear THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern: Well worth the long, long wait

Dear The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, As someone who adored The Night Circus, I've been eagerly anticipating reading you ever since I first learned that you were being release. What I hadn't anticipated was developing such a personal connection to you. I started reading you a few days before a break-up and finished reading …

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 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 …

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 …

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 PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot | Review

It's confession time, folks: I am twenty-two years old and this summer was my first time reading The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. Now, some of you may be thinking, Well, Holly, that's not so bad. But it gets worse: before reading this book I had only ever seen the second Princess Diaries movie, not even the first one. *cue gasps …