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…

Wednesday Bonus Post: Never Let Me Go

  Welcome to Edition Numéro 001 of my Wednesday bonus posts! These posts will be more concise than the Monday ones, and in them I won’t be reviewing the “latest and greatest” in literature, but instead random things I’ve recently read. I’m not the only reader in my family—though I definitely read the most, my…

Are They Guilty? Pleasures: The Best Psychological Thrillers

Ever since I read Gone Girl along with the rest of the general population in the summer of 2012, I’ve had a soft spot for psychological thrillers. They may not be heavy on the intellectual stimulation, but they certainly do the trick when you’re looking to distract yourself or keep busy. Since I’ve had so…

Pulitzer Prediction: Fates and Furies

  For months now, critics have universally fawned over Lauren Groff and her latest novel, Fates and Furies, and, given that I pre-ordered the book prior to official release, I’m not sure what took me so long to crack it open. Perhaps it is because the thick blue volume was the aesthetic stronghold of the…