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

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. … Continue reading ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han | Review

P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han | Review

I did it: I actually continued on with a series! It’s been quite some time since I’ve actually followed through with a series, mostly because I just didn’t have the time because of all my coursework. But the summer was the best time to catch up on all of my reading, and I ended up … Continue reading P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han | Review

BECOMING by Michelle Obama | Review

Becoming by Michelle Obama has gotten so much buzz in the past few months that I knew I had to put it on my summer TBR. I also can’t resist a good memoir, especially one written by such a talented, strong, high-profile professional woman. I’ve got a soft spot for presidential biographies, but it occurred to … Continue reading BECOMING by Michelle Obama | Review

MEN WITHOUT WOMEN by Haruki Murakami | Review

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. Marked by the same … Continue reading MEN WITHOUT WOMEN by Haruki Murakami | Review

THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo | Review

"Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its … Continue reading THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo | Review

GRIMM TALES: FOR YOUNG AND OLD by Philip Pullman | Review

To be honest, my only real interaction with fairy tales prior to reading Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales: For Young and Old was from watching Disney movies and reading a plethora of retellings over the years. For some reason I never actually made a point to read the Grimms' tales themselves, or even anything remotely similar. It wasn't … Continue reading GRIMM TALES: FOR YOUNG AND OLD by Philip Pullman | Review

WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith | Review

"Zadie Smith's dazzling first novel plays out its bounding, vibrant course in a Jamaican hair salon in North London, an Indian restaurant in Leicester Square, an Irish poolroom turned immigrant café, a liberal public school, a sleek science institute. A winning debut in every respect, White Teeth marks the arrival of a wondrously talented writer … Continue reading WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith | Review

THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS by Rupi Kaur | Review

Recently I read this Guardian article by Priya Khaira-Hanks that speaks about the controversy surrounding Rupi Kaur as an "instapoet" who has supposedly lowered the bar when it comes to the quality of publishable poetry. Kaur's poetic style is often parodied with the intended implication being that anyone could write such simple, mundane lines. Despite … Continue reading THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS by Rupi Kaur | Review

NORTH AND SOUTH by Elizabeth Gaskell | Review

Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South is the second novel I had to read for the Victorian Literature tutorial I’m taking at Oxford during my first term. It’s fitting that this follows Dickens’ Hard Times on our summer reading list because Dickens was actually the editor of the magazine that Gaskell’s novel was initially serially published … Continue reading NORTH AND SOUTH by Elizabeth Gaskell | Review