Category: Book Reviews

Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates (a #RIPXII finish)

Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates (a #RIPXII finish)

I checked out Carthage from the library because I wanted an audiobook that would qualify for the RIPXII challenge. I found this one hiding in the suspense category and was excited to pick up another Joyce Carol Oates novel because it’s been a while! To be honest, I’m trying to decide how I feel about it. And …

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Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, & Sharpen Your Creative Mind; Edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, & Sharpen Your Creative Mind; Edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

I can’t get enough of these books lately. Whether it’s because I’m itching to get to work on something or because I want to feel some control over my life, I’m not sure. I recently wrote about how I’m trying to set writing priorities, but am not sure what those priorities should be. These books …

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Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

This has been one of the hardest posts I’ve written since starting my blog. This book has stalled my reading and blogging, so I’m glad to click “publish” today! I have to admit – I was relieved when I finished Swing Time. I usually love Zadie Smith and kept waiting for things come together, but …

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Thornyhold by Mary Stewart, a #RIPXII finish!

Thornyhold by Mary Stewart, a #RIPXII finish!

Yes, dear readers, I’ve reread Thornyhold— my favorite fall read is finished for the year. I actually want to read it again this year, but I’ll hold back and wait for next year. Gilly Ramsey is a lonely child growing up in England. After the death of her parents as a young adult, she receives …

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I believe that Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is technically Young Adult, but the topics it broaches are painful and relevant to nearly every one. This is a beautiful book – only made better with an audiobook narration by Lin-Manuel Miranda – that stopped me in my tracks and took my …

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus was published in 2011, but somehow I am only just getting the memo about it. And I’m a little annoyed about that, to be honest! As I wrote in an earlier post, I listened to this on audio and it was narrated by Jim Dale, which made this an even more magical …

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Books on Writing That Are Hidden Gems

Books on Writing That Are Hidden Gems

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is on hidden gems. I love reading books on writing, and thought that this would be a fun topic. A lot of us have heard of Stephen King’s On Writing and Margaret Atwood’s Negotiating With the Dead, but there are so many out there that aren’t as popular! I prefer …

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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

And with this finish, I am a Kate Morton completist! I follow her on Instagram so I know that she is working on her sixth book and I am so excited about that. I’ve adored all of her books, but hands down: The Secret Keeper is the best. I’ve said it before, but Kate Morton …

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The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

This is going to sound super dramatic, but The Swan Thieves is the perfect example of what I love about reading books. I loved it! Andrew Marlow is a psychiatrist living and working in DC. He’s practicing medicine for practical reasons, but his passion is painting. He gets a call from a fellow psychiatrist with …

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