Where Do I Begin || William Shakespeare

Ah, the Bard. Willy Shakes, as I like to call him (blasphemous, I know). Lauded as a genius, hated by thousands of high school English literature students, his best-known works misunderstood due to erroneous pop-culture references the world over (Taylor Swift, I'm looking at you). I love Shakespeare. This should not be surprising: I have …

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

If you like Lady Macbeth - ambitious, ruthless, brutal, violent - you'll love Lada. It was...I don't want to use the word fun because murder and brutality isn't fun. But it was an exciting change of pace to have a female protagonist who is so unapologetically ruthless and brutal and violent.

Reading Dealbreakers

Top Ten Tuesday Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you'd like to read other Top Ten Tuesday posts, or if you'd like to learn more about the meme, you can click through the link. This week's theme is last week's alter ego: things that will either make …

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How To: Get Out Of A Reading Slump

The dreaded reading slump. I don't know how you got here; maybe the last book you read blew your mind so much that your brain is incapable of taking in another story right now; maybe you've been sucked into a Netflix binge-watching spiral; maybe you literally haven't read a book in three years and you can't …

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The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

In this memoir, Ariel Levy wrestles with the concept of a successful 21st century woman. She wants to have everything, and she wants to get it all in her own way. She gets married, but not to a man. When she gets pregnant, she wants the sperm donor to be a part of the child's life.


My Book Buzzwords

This week's theme is things that will make you instantly want to read a book. What can someone say when describing or recommending a book that will make you instantly add it to your TBR? What's something that you find irresistible in a book jacket? What's your book weakness? I'll share some of mine.


Nasty Women – Recommendations

Some of my favourite stories are ones centred around strong female protagonists. These women are not necessarily your traditional "strong female characters". Some are, but some are strong in an unconventional sense. If you're looking for a book that will inspire you to be a better, stronger person, look no further: Emma by Jane Austen …

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

When a science fiction novel is well written, the "science" makes sense. It sounds plausible and realistic. A good science fiction author makes it easy for the reader to make the jumps that are necessary to buy into this world where technology is so far beyond what we have access to now. And Blake Crouch did that in Dark Matter. Dealing with alternate universes is complicated, and it is so easy to get confused and muddled up when you're trying to follow a story through different universes. But here, the "science" felt like it could really work. It felt as if this were something that wasn't too far off from possibly happening. And I think that's what made this story so compelling.


Top Ten Unique Books

Top Ten Tuesday Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you’d like to read other Top Ten Tuesday posts, or find out how to participate, click here. This week's theme is unique books. What makes a book unique and not, well, weird? I mean, for me, when …

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Andie's a planner. And she's got this summer on lockdown. She's been accepted into a pre-pre-med summer program at Johns Hopkins, which will be a welcome escape from the media attention surrounding her father's political scandal. But then the scandal causes Andie's acceptance to be revoked. Now she's got to figure out what to do with her summer at home - with her father.