Review: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Review: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

If We Were Villains is hands down one of my new favorite books. It follows seven theater students attending the elite Dellecher Classical Conservatory, where they live and breathe Shakespeare. As tensions rise among the group of friends, relationships are strained, and ultimately, someone ends up dead. Our main character, Oliver, ends up in jail, but there are still so many questions, even years later. The reader is along for the ride as Oliver tells the story of that fateful final year at Dellecher to the officer who arrested him, and I could not wait to find out what happened. I felt like I was at Dellecher with Oliver and James and Meredith and the rest. This is truly the perfect […]

Review: My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

Review: My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

I must have walked by this book and ignored it at least a dozen times before one of my friends started reading it and finished more than half of it in a day. After a few OMG THIS BOOK snapchats, I had to check it out, and before I knew it, I was halfway through it myself. My Husband’s Wife is the story of Lily — a young lawyer when the book begins in 2000, just taking on her first murder trial, where she meets Joe Thomas. Joe is convicted of murdering his girlfriend, and Lily is convinced of his innocence. Meanwhile, she is trying to maintain her new marriage to aspiring artist Ed, while looking after her young neighbor, Carla, every […]

Review: The Nix by Nathan Hill

Review: The Nix by Nathan Hill

Wow guys. I haven’t had a book I’ve loved this much in what feels like forever. I’d seen The Nix around a lot last year, and based on the cover (we’ve all done it) it looked politically charged and really not for me. It wasn’t until Max at Well Done Books started comparing reading this book to The Goldfinch that I knew I had to pick it up. The Goldfinch might be my favorite book of all time, still, years after reading it. My expectations were still relatively low, but as soon as I read the prologue, I knew I was going to love it. There have been exceptions, but I almost always know within a few pages how I’m going to feel about a […]

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

I’ve been wanting to do a “currently reading” post for a few days now, and since I’ve put it off so long, I figured I might as well wait until Monday to post it with everyone else! Easter gave me a lot of reading time, which was nice, and April has already been good to me in terms of books. I’ve gone through 7 books already, and we’re only halfway through the month! Recently Finished: The Takedown by Corrie Wang I absolutely tore through Corrie Wang’s debut novel, The Takedown on Easter. It was beautiful out, and I sat in the sun all afternoon and literally did not put this book down. It was the perfectly addictive YA contemporary that […]

5 Books to Read if You’ve Already Binged S-Town

5 Books to Read if You’ve Already Binged S-Town

If you’ve been on the Internet at all since the last week of March, it’s likely you’ve already heard about and listened to the new podcast everyone is talking about: S-Town. From the creators of Serial and This American Life, S-Town is the story of a small, stunted town in Alabama. A “shit town,” as the unforgettable voice of the series, John B. McLemore says time and time again. Brian Reed narrates, and as he explores John’s town and ultimately, his life, you can’t help but feel like you’re immersed in a really amazing audio book. S-Town is not “the next Serial,” because it’s not a murder mystery so much as it’s the exploration of life and small southern towns […]

10 Thrillers to Look For This Spring

10 Thrillers to Look For This Spring

I am always on the hunt for a new thriller that is actually…thrilling. Everything is being compared to Gone Girl upon conception, so how do you know if something is as page-turning as a Gillian Flynn book? I’ve started ignoring those comparisons, like most people, because they have saturated absolutely everything with a female protagonist. Luckily, a lot of authors I already know and love have books coming out this season, and some new ones I have really high hopes for. Here are 10 books I don’t want to miss this spring. The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (March 7) Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die. This one sounds like an […]