The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I don't know why I read books like The Little Stranger. I am a total chicken but I love scary books! This was the scariest that I've read in a long time and I'm very happy that I read most of this by the light of day and not at night. There are some truly... Continue Reading →

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

I bought Rules of Civility as an Amazon Daily Deal over winter and have been looking forward to diving into it for a while. Set in the late 30s, Katey Kontent (pronounced like the state of being, not the things included in something) is a young, single woman working in New York City and making it... Continue Reading →

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

"What kind of schedule? Something like this.  One-thousand or two-thousand words every day for the next twenty years. ... For I believe that eventually quantity mill make for quality." This was my favorite piece of advice from Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury.  I came upon this book by happenstance.  I'd only just... Continue Reading →

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Getting my hands on this book was almost like real magic. I recently finished reading Faithful, which I got on NetGalley last summer. Less than a week after finishing that Alice Hoffman novel, I got an email from Simon & Schuster asking me to read her upcoming work, which I've been waiting for with baited breath... Continue Reading →

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Faithful has an eerie beginning that feels like a ghost story. Each year, the town honors a young girl that was critically injured in a car accident.  Her name is Helene and she's been in a coma since that day, lying in a hospital bed in her childhood bedroom.  Some people believe that she can heal... Continue Reading →

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments is the first adult novel written by Rainbow Rowell that I've read.  But it has the same playful yet serious spirit that I've come to love from her other novels. It's 1999 and Lincoln is living back at home with his mother in Nebraska.  He's about 28 and has gotten a job at the local newspaper... Continue Reading →

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

I read My Cousin Rachel in anticipation of the movie released this summer and now I cannot wait to watch it! Originally published in 1951, this is a period piece that felt like a gothic masterpiece. Philip Ashley was raised by his Uncle Ambrose on the family estate in Cornwall.  The sound of the sea features... Continue Reading →

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