Labor Day Reading Roundup

Though I’ve been busy working for my beach weekends and haven’t devoted quite as much time to this site as I had planned this summer, I have been quietly reading away, and have prepared an end-of-summer reading roundup for all of you before I take the blog back up a notch and start posting more…

Mini-Review: Claire Fuller’s ‘Swimming Lessons’

  I first discovered the impossibly chic Lucy Williams on a random scroll through Instagram a few weeks back. I came to her page to check out a Missoma London choker she had designed, stayed for her adorable collection of well-priced dresses (she features everything from Ghost Fashion to Realisation Par to Mango), and was…

Short Trip? Try a Short Story.

Photo Credit    For whatever reason, I have always been a bit averse to short stories. Many of them are simply less gratifying than an entire novel. Given the brevity of the short story, character development is limited, and authors generally use short stories as a time to either flaunt their abilities to craft beautiful…

Paradise, Found: Fly Me is Indisputably the Book of the Summer

If you’ve been following my posts for the past few weeks, it is more than likely you are familiar with the fact that I’ve been on a quest to find The Girls of 2017. It’s not that The Girls was my favorite book of all time, but it was engaging and twisty, and provided insight…

Is Woman No. 17 The Next ‘Girls’?

Spoiler Alert: it is most certainly not. Those with similar literary tastes to mine would likely agree that summer 2016 was an epic one for the written word. Sweetbitter, The Girls, and Rich & Pretty, all of which I tore through in a matter of weekdays (subway commutes, lunch—trust me, people who ‘don’t have time to…

You Know It’s Thriller Night

Thriller number two on your summer agenda is suited to those who prefer a fast-moving blockbuster to a nuanced tale (if you err on the side of subtlety, please redirect to my Based on a True Story review). The Perfect Girl comes from Gilly Macmillan, who authored What She Knew, which I devoured two winters…

Triple Crown: Thrillers for Every Type of Reader (Part I)

In the book industry in this day and age, thrillers reign supreme. It seems that even those who don’t identify as ‘readers’ still love a good, twisty read (see: the mass popularity of both Gone Girl & Girl on the Train). While thrillers are easier than ever to come by, truly good thrillers are few…

Summer Reads Series, Pt. 1: Today Will Be Different

  After the emotional rollercoaster that was A Little Life, I felt a humorous palate cleanser was in perfect order. I was in Venice, California, and after numerous Google searches, a disheartening conversation with a salesgirl in Malibu that went something like, “bookstores? Umm, I don’t know, California doesn’t have that many. We have a…

My Thoughts on ‘A Little Life’

A Little Life has been on my list for almost two years now, when it was published to immediate acclaim. Having gotten 300 pages into The Goldfinch and abandoning it due to an inability to take even the remotest interest in the plotline, I was hesitant about this one. Also, as someone who both refuses…

Dispatches from the Present: Dissecting The Past and The Futures

  I haven’t exactly made my penchant for novels featuring crumbling British aristocratic families on this site a secret (see here and here…and here, and also that The Pursuit of Love, Sense & Sensibility, and Love in a Cold Climate are among my favorite books), so it should come as no surprise that one of…

Slow Burn: Katie Kitamura’s ‘A Separation’

     When Katie Kitamura’s novel, A Separation, was heralded as a “literary Gone Girl,” I purchased it without hesitation. Upon completion of the book, I feel it is my duty to inform future readers that this description is entirely inaccurate. Regardless, the book is worth a read. Different from Gone Girl in almost every…