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Book Review: THE FURIES by Natalie Haynes

September 3, 2014 – 10:08 pm | One Comment
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This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.

Grieving after the violent death of her fiancé, theater director Alex Morris leaves London for Edinburgh to take a job …

Book Review: THE STORIED LIFE OF A. J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin

August 24, 2014 – 9:37 pm | 2 Comments
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I haven’t written much in the last two weeks because the books and movies I consumed were either sadly bland or outright annoying. The curse was broken when I read Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life …

Movie Review: THE GIVER

August 14, 2014 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

The Giver, adapted from Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning novel, opens in black and white, with best friends Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), Fiona (Odeya Rush), and Asher (Cameron Monaghan) living in a dystopian community free of strife. Every …


July 31, 2014 – 10:42 pm | 2 Comments

Disclosure one: I went into the Guardians of the Galaxy screening a few weeks ago knowing nothing about it, other than that it has a weird group of characters at its center and a bunch …

Book Review: BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty

July 28, 2014 – 10:01 pm | 4 Comments
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When you’ve loved doing something your whole life and that thing stops giving you pleasure, you can be thrown into an existential crisis. This is what happened to me with reading.
For 2-3 months recently, I …

Book Review & Giveaway: ONE PLUS ONE by Jojo Moyes

July 16, 2014 – 7:55 pm | 4 Comments
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This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
British novelist Jojo Moyes (Me Before You) examines the different shapes of families and the widening gap between rich people and those who …

Book Review: LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

July 13, 2014 – 8:31 pm | No Comment

TV writer Georgie McCool finally gets a shot at writing her dream show. The problem: She needs to stay in L.A. and work on it over Christmas. Georgie’s husband Neal decides to take their young …

Giveaway: THE BOOK OF LIFE by Deborah Harkness

July 7, 2014 – 9:57 pm | 11 Comments
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On the July Nerdy Special List posted last week, one of the recommendations was Deborah Harkness’s The Book of Life, the finale to her Book of Souls trilogy. I now have a giveaway of that book (out July 15), …

Nerdy Special List July 2014

July 2, 2014 – 10:42 pm | 4 Comments

Happy short week! Since you have an extra day off from work, you’ll need to load up on reading materials, right?
For the first time in almost two years since I’ve been running these lists, I …

Giveaway: WAYFARING STRANGER by James Lee Burke

June 30, 2014 – 6:00 pm | 9 Comments
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The good people at Simon & Schuster are letting me give away two copies of James Lee Burke’s new novel, Wayfaring Stranger, which comes out July 15. Here’s the book description from the author’s website:
From …

Best 2014 Books I’ve Read So Far

June 24, 2014 – 9:53 pm | 14 Comments

The year is more than half over, so I thought I’d do a best-of list at the halfway mark. February was the best month for me so far, when I read three books in a …

Book Review: MAMBO IN CHINATOWN by Jean Kwok

June 22, 2014 – 4:56 pm | 2 Comments

In Jean Kwok’s follow-up to Girl in Translation, twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong starts out as a dishwasher at a restaurant in Chinatown, where her father is a noodle maker. She has an eleven-year-old sister, Lisa, and …