Must-Subscribe-To Podcasts for Readers & Writers

Readers and writers, connect with your tribe! These podcasts are either on the subjects of reading and writing or hosted by writers!  Continue reading “Must-Subscribe-To Podcasts for Readers & Writers”

10 ways to spot an undercover book nerd

Before I was comfortable sharing my book nerdiness with the world, I did my best to blend in with my less-than-literary surroundings. My “best” wasn’t all that great though. Even though my mom was aware that reading had been soothing my nerves and stimulating my mind since I was a toddler, the outside world had no idea. I spent much of my teenage years hiding my love of books. When everyone else was scoffing at the language and length of The Scarlet Letter, I was scoffing with them. Only I’d go home and pull out my copy of The Scarlet Letter and read it with a goofy grin on my face, underlining all my favorite old English phrases.  Continue reading “10 ways to spot an undercover book nerd”

Book Review: All the Single Ladies

All the Single LadiesAbout All The Single Ladies

• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (June 9, 2015)

Lisa St. Clair knows a thing or two about weathering storms. A dedicated nurse with a healthy sense of humor, she single-handedly raised her truculent daughter, Marianne, after her ex walked out on them twenty-four years ago, sending them a lottery ticket once a year as support. One day he reappeared and lured their daughter into a dubious but lucrative venture in Colorado. Now mother and daughter aren’t speaking. Continue reading “Book Review: All the Single Ladies”

Happy 90th Anniversary to The Great Gatsby

 

BOOKS1Gatsby is, and will always be, my favorite classic. Actually, The Great Gatsby is probably my favorite book of all time. Today, along with Simon & Schuster, we celebrate it’s 90th anniversary.

So what exactly makes Gatsby so great? Here are The Top 3 reasons Jay, Daisy, and Nick Carraway capture generation after generation: Continue reading “Happy 90th Anniversary to The Great Gatsby”

Review Fridays #11- Blue Sun, Yellow Sky

Blue Sun Yellow SkyAuthor: Jamie Jo Hoang
How would you react if you found out that life as you knew it would no longer exist in a mere 6-8 weeks?
 Author Jamie Jo Hoang introduces us to Aubrey Johnson, an artist just reaching her prime who has been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that will blind her completely in only a few short weeks. As she attempts to digest the news and reconcile with what this means for her life, a childhood friend reappears after years of no contact. Jeff Anderson, a Texas country boy that Aubrey grew up with, invites her to join him on a trip around the world, and she agrees. Both Aubrey and Jeff wrestle to wrap their heads around life’s changes in a story that spans the globe while discovering inner contentment.

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Review Fridays #10: Heartbreak Hotel

heartbreak hotelAuthor: Deborah Moggach

In Deborah Moggach’s 2004 novel entitled These Foolish Things, a youthful man runs a rickety hotel filled with golden-agers in Italy. Heartbreak Hotel echos these sentiments, only the location changes to a fictional spot called Knockton in Wales, and the characters reverse roles— the old run the place while the young find themselves visitors. Continue reading “Review Fridays #10: Heartbreak Hotel”

TLC Book Review: The Swimmer

The SwimmerAuthor: Joakim Zander

Good thrillers read like a movie, and The Swimmer measures up nicely.

As stated by publisher, Harper, “Whip-smart and sophisticated, Joakim Zander’s debut sweeps across the globe with a story that delivers a series of unforgettable turns and unforeseen twists.” A CIA agent under deep cover must rush across Europe to save the daughter he gave up. Continue reading “TLC Book Review: The Swimmer”

Why I Read One Short Story, One Poem, and One News Article or Essay Everyday

Okay, okay I might not actually read  all of these things everyday, but I do listen to some and read the others. Usually, my poem is listened to as part of my morning ritual. While putting on my makeup to get ready for work, I put on the Writer’s Almanac podcast. I mean really, what’s better than Garrison Keillor’s soothing voice giving you the important historical/literary happenings of the day? At the end of each podcast, he closes by reading a poem. So, this is how I get my poetry in everyday.  Continue reading “Why I Read One Short Story, One Poem, and One News Article or Essay Everyday”

TLC Book Review: The Boy Who Loved Rain

The Boy Who Loved RainAuthor: Gerard Kelly

If you want eloquent language and a host of characters all fighting their own demons while tangled into a web that eventually weaves them together, The Boy Who Loved Rain will not disappoint. This fiction work intuitively touches on many matters of the human condition—religion, belief, teenage woes, and deception with the ocean, in all its vast glory as the backdrop to each character’s struggle (and triumph). Continue reading “TLC Book Review: The Boy Who Loved Rain”

Happy Birthday Toni Morrison!

Oh, this one is exciting. Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning author, turns 84 today! Morrison didn’t start seriously writing until her 30’s, and thank goodness she did.  Continue reading “Happy Birthday Toni Morrison!”