Dear A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce: Not what I expected

Dear A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: I've always known that I have a bit of a strange reading taste. By strange, I mean that I generally enjoy a lot of books that most people don't. William Faulkner's novels are a good example of this--they are wordy and sprawling … Continue reading Dear A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce: Not what I expected

Dear MY OXFORD YEAR by Julia Whelan: SO MUCH NOSTALGIA

Dear My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan: I apologize in advance for how nostalgic this letter will inevitably be. When I saw a secondhand copy of you on sale at a bookstore one day I knew I would have to buy you. The blurb on your back cover promised the story of a twenty-something woman, … Continue reading Dear MY OXFORD YEAR by Julia Whelan: SO MUCH NOSTALGIA

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

Dear SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan: A new bizarre, heart-warming favorite

Dear Sourdough by Robin Sloan: I decided to listen to your audiobook on a whim one day after seeing its gorgeous cover design and reading its enticing blurb: a story about a software engineer at a robotics company in San Francisco who is given a seemingly magical sourdough starter and ends up uncovering a secret … Continue reading Dear SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan: A new bizarre, heart-warming favorite

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

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

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

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

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 … Continue reading Dear EDUCATED by Tara Westover: Worth the hype?!

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