Rapid Fire Reviews: 5 Sentences or Less

Hello! You may have been wondering whether I got abducted or stopped reading entirely (abducted would be the more likely scenario) – but neither of the above happened! I just got busy! So I put off blogging about one trio of books to move onto the next trio, and then put off blogging about that one, too, until I found myself here, with 12 books read and waiting to be reviewed.

That’s overwhelming by anyone’s standards, so I decided to take that pressure off of myself and instead post a rapid fire, 5-sentences-or-less reviews of all 12 of the books I’ve finished in the past 5 – 6 weeks. Enjoy reading about books 48 – 59! Continue reading

A Fairytale, An Amazing Story, & A Sad One

I finished three more books! The theme of this trio was “books that start with A” (I can’t be creative all of the time). Book #45 was After Alice by Gregory Maguire (the fairytale); book #46 was Atonement by Ian McEwan (an absolutely amazing one); book #47 was called Angels by Denis Johnson (the sad one).

Honestly, I want to talk about Atonement for this entire post, because that is an amazing book that I regret putting off for so long. But obviously I’ll discuss them all, because that’s tradition and because I love talking (writing) about books. Continue reading

Short Stories & Secret Projects

Hi! I have been very scattered with this blog, and for that I apologize. It’s been a weird (but wonderful!) couple of reading weeks. I also just love being outside in the summer, meaning I don’t get to spend as much time as I’d like reading. My pace has slowed considerably.

If you’ll recall, my last trio’s theme was short story collections. I finished my third of those and it was THE GREATEST. And I finished two other books, which I can’t really talk about… yet. How mysterious! Just kidding, that’s annoying, but I actually can’t discuss either of them in detail. I’m including them though, because – while they may be under wraps now – they are still books, and they’ll be published and available-for-purchase books someday very soon! I’ll give vague details. Continue reading

Oops, I accidentally did that thing where I finish books & forget to talk about them…

Hi! Happy official summer. My apologies for the radio silence – things have been generally crazy. I try to soldier on and read through the craziness, though, and I’ve finished books #37 – #41, so that’s exciting! #37 and #39 fit into the category of memoir, and the group that I’m finishing up right now is short story collections.

Because I have to catch you up on my thoughts about 5 books rather than 3 (or even just 1), I’m going to great pains to shorten this as much as I can. We all know how wordy I can be… sorry in advance. Continue reading

GIRL Books

I don’t think you even need to be into reading to notice the trend in books being published as of late: books with “girl” in the title, AKA “girl” books. It’s an epidemic. I was at The Strand the other day browsing the new releases and noticed 5 stacks of “girl” books on one side of the table alone. Publishers are going crazy for girls.

That was the theme for my most recently-finished trio: Book #34 was Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman; book #35 was Girl Unbroken by Regina Calcaterra; and book #36 was How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran. They were all incredible books and solidified my belief that, really, girls are the only ones worth reading about. The literature of the past was making a huge mistake. Continue reading

Half Marathon #5

*Running Post!* This past weekend, I ran. I ran in my first NYC race, my first race in almost exactly a year (which was not planned), and my fifth half marathon since I started running half marathons in 2013. It was also my slowest half marathon yet (by (I’m not kidding) two one-hundredths of a second). Let me tell you all about it!

If I had to sum up the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon in only one word, I would say “crowded.” Which makes sense, it’s the biggest half marathon in America. The one of the plus side of a race in a city with 8 million people is that your cheering section is bigger and more energetic. The downside is that the running pack never thins out. Continue reading

Books That I’ve Been Acting Like I’ve Read Already…

I’m not the only one who does this, right? When someone’s looking through my bookshelf and they point out a classic book and ask if I liked it, assuming I’ve read it, and I just go along with it and discuss the book knowing full-well that I’ve never read it? I assume everyone does that and it’s not lying if you know that future-you will love that book. Once they get around to reading it.

This trio of books falls into the above category . They were: book #31The Alchemist by Paulo Coelhobook #32Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer; and book #33The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera. And I must be a psychic, because I did love them all! You know me so well, past self. Continue reading