Sometimes love is hard, and sometimes love is a hardback.

Inspired by Cassandra Neace’s bookish Valentine’s she posted about this past week, last night, I decided to order a large pizza, finish up Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate, and attempt a few of my own. A rare gem that I found at our local library’s yearly sale, was a hardback edition of ElizabethContinue reading “Sometimes love is hard, and sometimes love is a hardback.”

Plotting: New News and Book Reviews

Since my last post, I’ve been to Germany (where I drank better beer than you did for eight days straight), joined a fun new band called Mad Maude & the Hatters (Shame. Shame. Shameless self-promotion), and read a book worth writing about: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. Since I’m sure you don’t want me to brag-brag-braggy-brag youContinue reading “Plotting: New News and Book Reviews”

The Family Fang: Review

  Hell yes. This is good stuff. A book where parents eff their kids up without remorse, all in the name of capital A-R-T.  I can relate. Replace “A-R-T” with “R-E-L-I-G-I-O-N,” and you have The Family Ivy. By Ch. 2, I was lolling all over the place. And…. I actually stayed interested as the storyContinue reading “The Family Fang: Review”

My Melted Baby and Other Post-Readathon Commentary

I would deem last night’s readathon a complete success. Though I didn’t get much in-depth reading done (I won’t even admit the page count), I did eat a lot of snacks: guacamole and chips, pizza rolls, and even some corn chowder that Adrienne brought over. It was a strange combo, and since we were bothContinue reading “My Melted Baby and Other Post-Readathon Commentary”

Review: Letters from England

I was given this book to review by The Review of Texas Books. In her memoir, Letters from England, Conita Jernigan Lyle not only shares her adventures of living abroad as a teacher for the Department of Defense in the early 1960’s, but also gives readers an intimate view of her struggle to remain bothContinue reading “Review: Letters from England”

Review: Born Round by Frank Bruni

When I first saw Frank Bruni’s memoir Born Round on the shelf, I took one look at the plump kid on the cover and picked it up. First of all, I love chubby kids. Always have. When my little sister went through this phase where she ate tortilla chips until she threw up and thenContinue reading “Review: Born Round by Frank Bruni”

My First (fun) Book Review

I’m going to be honest. This is my first book review that hasn’t been forced upon me, and I’m no pickygirl. After finishing up my MA in English this past May, reading for fun, well, just didn’t seem like fun. In fact, after finishing my thesis, I decided to do more productive things. I bought aContinue reading “My First (fun) Book Review”