Better Bound: Before I Die by Jenny Downham (Book + Movie Review)

Some genres I avoid like the plague, and anything avoiding dying children is one of them. Before I Die by Jenny Downham may as well have had a giant red sticker visible only to me that said: “Don’t Read Me, You’ll Cry for Hours.” Despite the ominous title, I picked it up and read itContinue reading “Better Bound: Before I Die by Jenny Downham (Book + Movie Review)”

Backlist Book Review: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

Historical fiction has been a favorite genre of mine since I was in elementary school before I understood the rich history these stories were rooted in. Whether it was the 1940s or a turn-of-the-century heroine, the disparity in time always eluded me because I was more captivated by the characters. Under the Wide and Starry Sky byContinue reading “Backlist Book Review: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan”

Backlist Book Review: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

I’ve been dying to get some time to read Margaret Atwood ever since I stumbled upon a midnight screening of The Handmaid’s Tale when I was fifteen. Her dystopian future enthralled me from the beginning and I thought that any writer who dared to imagine that sort of world was definitely worth a read. YearsContinue reading “Backlist Book Review: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood”

Better Bound: Room by Emma Donoghue (Book and Movie Review)

I first came across Room  by Emma Donoghue a few years ago when it was in hardcover. Finishing my thesis I didn’t have time to read it, but a copy came my way and I held onto it for a few years until reading it just recently and I am glad I held onto it.Continue reading “Better Bound: Room by Emma Donoghue (Book and Movie Review)”

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (Audiobook Review) + Why it Had to End That Way

I never listen to audiobooks. I don’t say that lightly, I have always wanted to like audiobooks but I am really picky about he narration. I need an audiobook that has a really strong narration that will make the book sound less like a lecture and more like a radio play. So when I sawContinue reading “The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (Audiobook Review) + Why it Had to End That Way”

The Big Question Asked in Criminals by Margot Livesey

The unthinkable is happening. A bookstore that I have frequented since I was a child is going out of business. When I was in the area last weekend I was told of a sale where I could fill an entire shopping bag of books for $10. Well as you may have guessed, I walked outContinue reading “The Big Question Asked in Criminals by Margot Livesey”

City of Thieves: I Laughed, I Cried, I Really Wanted an Omelette

There’s a book that I have had on my shelf for years called City of Thieves by David Benioff. David Benioff is a writer for a little TV show you may have heard of called Game of Thrones. The premise of the book didn’t sound like much but throughout the 250-page book it had meContinue reading “City of Thieves: I Laughed, I Cried, I Really Wanted an Omelette”

Better Bound: Death and Dying in “If I Stay?”

Moving on with the Read Harder Challenge I had a few books on my shelf that had been made into movies fairly recently, what I gravitated towards though was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. One thing you should understand about me as a reader is that people dying and grieving is almost a formContinue reading “Better Bound: Death and Dying in “If I Stay?””

Starting #ReadHarder with In a Forest, Dark and Deep by Neil LaBute

Shortly after the New Year I discovered Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. The challenge promotes a year of mindful reading in order to expand your horizons. I wasn’t looking for a reading challenge this year but I told myself that it might be fun and when I saw the list of challenges I realized thatContinue reading “Starting #ReadHarder with In a Forest, Dark and Deep by Neil LaBute”