On Libraries and Going Back

On Libraries and Going Back

When I was younger, I spent as much time as I could at the local library. It was a small, wooden building shaded by a ton of trees, and looked like something out of The Shire. Inside was old and cozy, as libraries tend to be. I would convince my mom to drop me off there while she went food shopping, got her hair done, or pretty much any other errand that had to be run. “I might be a while,” she would warn, as if I could ever have too much time looking at books. It was 2001, and I was new in my New Jersey town, but made myself at home at the library. I took out stacks […]

8 Books To Read Outside This Summer

8 Books To Read Outside This Summer

Once the nice weather hits, it feels wrong not to be outside in it, enjoying every drop of sunshine that winter denied us. Obviously, I’m going to do so with a book (and probably iced coffee) in hand. Here are a few (or 8 to be specific) books that are best read paired with sunshine. The Nest by Cynthia Sweeney The Nest might be my favorite chaotic family book since Where’d You Go, Bernadette and This is Where I Leave You. The Plumbs are quirky and hilarious, and it’s amazing how Sweeney can give each one so much character in such a short amount of pages. This should be read while lounging outside (it’s the perfect summer read, and I’m sure it’ll be on […]

3 Page-Turning Thrillers for Any Mood

3 Page-Turning Thrillers for Any Mood

Someday I’ll learn that I’m either starting and finishing three books in as many days, or I’m ready nothing for weeks, sometimes months. It happens. This week was the three-book kind of week, and I inhaled three thrillers, all by women, and all of them left me needing to know more, and when I finished, wondering how I would top it. Rather than slogging through three separate reviews, I decided to put together a list: 3 thrillers for any kind of reader. Some people like literary thrillers, some like twists and turns, and some just like an unputdownable mystery. I can find something for everyone, surely. Here we GO.   If you like literary thrillers: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz I bought this […]

How do Author Blurbs Influence You?

How do Author Blurbs Influence You?

Recently, I’d had my eye on Kate Hamer’s The Girl in the Red Coat, because I can’t resist something with “The Girl…” in the title. (No one can at this point, right?) But still, I was hesitant to buy it because 1. It was a hardback and therefore pricey. 2. I hadn’t heard very much about it yet. But when I saw the bright red cover on a table at Barnes & Noble, I found myself heading immediately to checkout and start it ASAP. Why? Because Celeste Ng had a fantastic review blurbed right on the front cover. “Keeps the reader turning pages at a frantic clip . . . What’s most powerful here is not whodunnit, or even why, but […]

10 Questions With Caroline Kepnes, Author of ‘You’

10 Questions With Caroline Kepnes, Author of ‘You’

Towards the end of last year, I picked up what quickly became one of my favorite books of the year: You by Caroline Kepnes. I flew through it, evangelized about it tirelessly, and fangirled hard on Twitter. While I’m typically not one to reach out to publishers and ask for ARCs, I simply had to when I found out that Joe Goldberg was coming back this February in a sequel: Hidden Bodies.  Needless to say, I was SUPER excited to be asked if I’d be interested in an interview. UM, yes, please!  Below are 10 questions and answers with Caroline Kepnes, which you should read, and then pick up You and Hidden Bodies and get lost for a few days in the best way possible. 1. Joe Goldberg […]

5 Must-Have Winter Survival Items: A Month of Faves

5 Must-Have Winter Survival Items: A Month of Faves

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a student who should be finishing papers, must in want of distraction. …is that not how that quote goes? Ah. Either way, I wanted to jump back into blogging with Andi’s Month of Faves event, since it was so much fun last year, and it’s a great way to recap the year. I’ve been off to a slow start this month, blogging-wise, but I’m hoping that will change going into the new year. Starting with today’s topic: 5 must-haves for winter survival! First of all, I hate, hate, double hate the winter. Sadly, aside from laying beneath ten blankets and waiting for spring, winter survival is kind of my thing. Victoria’s Secret Fireside Long Jane […]