Cheap Thrill: Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall

  If you’re on my blog, you’re likely well aware that I’m a big fan of books. But what you might not know is that I’m also physically incapable of watching television. Every few months, I halfheartedly ask my friends for recommendations and listen to them wax enthusiastic about the latest Netflix Original or HBO…

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…

Feb Fiction, Part II: The Girl Before

I prefaced the need for a good February evening thriller in Part One of my Feb Fiction post. I would’ve named it Feb Thrillers, but I’m a sucker for a good alliteration, so there you have it. I guess I could have called the series Feb Faves, but, as you may have gleaned from my…

Need to While Away a Winter Weekend? Try a Cozy Mystery

  I had never heard the term “cozy mystery” until a few months back. I have made my love for mysteries fairly apparent on the site, but I always lumped them into one category. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that within the mystery genre sits a small, adorable category described by Wikipedia as:…

An Exploration of England with Kazuo Ishiguro

I can’t decide if I love Kazuo Ishiguro or not. Never Let Me Go had me captivated through its final pages and thinking about it beyond that, but I couldn’t even get through The Buried Giant. I just finished The Remains of the Day and I’m feeling somewhere in between about it. Granted, I read…

2016’s Finest: ‘The Nix’ by Nathan Hill

  I wrote yesterday about breaking out of a reading rut, and after devouring the 620-page behemoth The Nix in a matter of two days, I think I can safely say the curse has been lifted. The ultimate measure of a book’s quality is, in my opinion, when you get close to the end and…

Get Your Sh*t Together September, Literary Edition

    Unlike most people, January is not my preferred time for resolutions. Since January is my birthday month, I generally spend it indulging, reserving the New Year diets and detoxes for the rest of the world. For me, September is the month of motivation. Maybe it’s the Back-to-School organizers and calendars prominently featured in…

Hadley Hemingway’s “Moveable Feast”

  When The Paris Wife made its 2011 debut to much fanfare, I had little interest in picking it up. I had no idea who Hadley Richardson was and hadn’t read any Hemingway, so I imagined I’d have trouble relating to or enjoying Paula McLain’s work. Fast-forward five years and I’ve still only read one…

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…