Brief Synopsis: The Accident Season rolls around every October, wreaking havoc on the Morrris’s, a family living in a small town in Ireland. Mostly, it just causes bumps and bruises, but sometimes it’s worse — like the Accident Season when Cara’s father died. According to Cara’s friend Bea and her tarot cards, this season does … Continue reading Review | THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not." And if that's not enough to intrigue you, then let me continue. Not only is the circus full of amazing performers and spectacles, it is also the arena for a mysterious competition between two magicians, Marcus and … Continue reading THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern | Review
Four siblings (the Golds) set out one day in search of a mysterious woman who has just moved to town. They are seeking her because they've heard she has the ability to predict the exact date you'll die. When they find her living in an apartment building not unlike their own, they enter one at … Continue reading THE IMMORTALISTS by Chloe Benjamin | Review
Romances are so much less interesting than books about marriage. And that's a cynical way to look at marriage, I know, insinuating that marriage and romance occur separately. But there's a reason classic romances often stop at the wedding. It's because from the moment the two parties say "I do," the story changes completely. Lauren … Continue reading December 2017 Book of the Month: FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff
Thank goodness for books, right? This, as the title already states, is the list of every book I read in 2017. In total, there were 51, which I believe is my personal all-time high, so I'll take this moment to give myself a pat on the back (considering I only set a goal of 15 … Continue reading Every Book I Read in 2017, Ranked
Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Well, it's complicated. It's almost November again, and yes, I am participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), meaning I will [hopefully] have a [somewhat] complete first draft of a novel by the end of the month. I've heard the various platitudes that just sitting down to write is the … Continue reading Can I get a novel published?
So. I remembered I needed to write my September Book of the Month post and realized something -- I didn't read any books in September. It wasn't that I didn't start any books in September. Because I totally did. I started re-reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. I also started to read Authority by … Continue reading September 2017 Book of the Month . . . Except it’s actually the books I’m most excited to read the rest of the year.
Sunday, August 27th Forcing oneself to take naps in the afternoon when one is not really that tired to prepare oneself for an overnight shift at work that night will probably result in poor sleep. Monday, August 28th Likewise, sleeping until 1pm the day after working an overnight shift will probably result in a poor … Continue reading My Week: Lack of Sleep and Bad Moods – Correlation or Causation?
I need to stop picking up the first books of series because I get sucked in and can't possibly read any of the other 9,000 books on my "to-read" shelf until I've finished the whole series. And Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (the first book in his Southern Reach trilogy) definitely sucked . . . me in, that … Continue reading August 2017 Book of the Month: ANNIHILATION by Jeff Vandermeer
This is a new kind of post (mostly for my own benefit). I usually don't journal about what I do day-to-day. I'm more of a write what you're feeling kind of person (gross, I know). So usually I forget what I've actually done. Maybe writing it all down will make me feel like I've done more … Continue reading My Week: Books and music cushion the blow of customer service and existential crises.