Young Adult Fiction Week: The Thing About Jellyfish

In a complete 180 from Sunday’s Did You Ever Have a Family review, I’ve decided to dedicate this week to reviewing a highly underrated category of books—young adult fiction! I know too many people who turn their noses at the notion of reading a book intended for a younger crowd [in fact, when I was…

Literary Missteps at ‘The Lake House’

  As a rule, I stay away contemporary novels with flowery and ‘Victorian’ prose. I find them stilted attempts at approximating authors who haven’t been current in centuries. However, my mother gave Kate Morton’s The Lake House such a ringing endorsement that I couldn’t resist checking it out—plus, she had already downloaded it on her…

Want a Book that ‘Wows’ You?

My sister once pointed out to me that I have the distinct quirk of laughing and, almost imperceptibly, mumbling, “okay” every time I make a funny joke (almost constantly). I’ve pointed it out to a number of friends, who have confirmed it’s something I do—despite the fact that I almost never notice. Something I did…

Jean-Philippe Blondel Will Put Your Commute Into Perspective

Though I often claim to seek out the ‘latest and greatest in literature,’ I must admit that I source many of my own recommendations from the “Noteworthy Fiction” shelves of the bookstore in addition to critical acclaim and word-of-mouth. Today, however, is different—and Thursday (my posting schedule is a bit off this week due to…