"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
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.
Here's another book where the cover drew me in, but this time around (unlike A Little Life), I actually liked the contents I found inside. After reading Cline's short story "Northeast Regional" in the April 10th issue of the New Yorker, I figured I needed to read this novel, as she is apparently a writer … Continue reading April 2017 Book of the Month: THE GIRLS by Emma Cline
I read another collection of essays by David Sedaris this month, and of course I loved it. Specific essays stand out to me: "The Understudy" offers a poignant comparison of how we view people as children and our eventual opinions of them once we grow up. In this essay, Sedaris specifically speaks about a nanny … Continue reading March 2017 Book of the Month: WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES by David Sedaris
This year, like every year, I participated in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. At the beginning of January I challenged myself to read a total of 35 books in 2016. I ended up reading a grand total of 39 books, of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty and, frankly, merit. So, here they are, ranked from … Continue reading Every Book I Read in 2016, Ranked