Throwback Thursday: Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney

I received my hardback copy of the Goddess of Yesterday during a summer reading program at my local library in 2004. To get our free book from the book cart, we had to read for five hours and turn our coupons in. I read five hours the first day of the summer program and pitchedContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney”

Top Ten Tuesday: 10/14

Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit 1. One word: Hogwarts. But for real, I will visit Alnwick Castle before I die! I would also love to visit the train station and take the Harry Potter tour. We’ll be going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando in December, but I wantContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: 10/14”

Read It, Watched It: Divergent

Books adapted into movies are rough—if you’ve read the book, you can’t help but compare the book to the movie. If you’ve seen the movie and then try to read the book, it can be difficult to finish because you already know the ending. I’m always nervous to watch the movie of a book IContinue reading “Read It, Watched It: Divergent”

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

After slogging through this (much like the author trudged across the PCT), I was left with mixed feelings. Did I love it? Hate it? Neither. I would say that I occasionally enjoyed it, but really found myself squinting my eyes at another extremely long rant/paragraph about a topic the author had already talked about ten times.Continue reading “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed”

Throwback Thursday: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

I picked up this book during my senior year English class. We had to write a book report each quarter, and I picked this one because it was short. I didn’t choose the short book because I hated reading—I chose it so I could finish it in a few class periods and get on withContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer”

Top Ten Tuesday: 10/7

Ten Books for Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels 1. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series is basically my spirit animal. She’s so unashamedly herself, quirks and all and I absolutely admire that. She’s brave, beautiful, and so smart. 2. Firefly Lane’s Tully Hart is another of my spirit animals. She’s afraid of absolutelyContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: 10/7”

Friendship by Emily Gould

I wanted to so desperately to like this book. Love it, even. When you’re going through something in real life, it can often be comforting to read about someone else going through it in a story. It is for me, at least. In a way that only glimpsing into someone else’s life can, it makesContinue reading “Friendship by Emily Gould”

Top Ten Tuesday: 9/30

Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read 1. Columbine by Dave Cullen is by far the most difficult book I’ve ever read. In fact, I haven’t even finished it yet. It isn’t difficult because it’s written poorly or it’s boring—it’s difficult because when I’m reading non-fiction, I have a tendency to putContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: 9/30”

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

“Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . . A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.   But who did what?” – Goodreads Big Little Lies follows the lives of three womenContinue reading “Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty”

The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

Oh, hell. I hate giving bad reviews, especially on books that most people rave about–I certainly don’t want to put anyone off from reading this book, but it certainly wasn’t for me. I suspect I was an exception. Disclaimer: I’m all for romance novels. I do enjoy them. I do not enjoy the cheesy kind,Continue reading “The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons”