Revival – Stephen King

Revival – Stephen King

Stephen King himself described his much-awaited new novel, Revival, as a “nasty, dark piece of work,” claiming, “It’s too scary. I don’t even want to think about that book anymore.” He said much the same about his classic novel Pet Sematary, which he consistently names (until now, perhaps?) as the scariest book he has ever … Continue reading

The Silent Wife – A. S. A. Harrison

The Silent Wife – A. S. A. Harrison

I got The Silent Wife for Christmas, having put it on my Amazon wish list after seeing a great review of it on Slate. I had heard it compared to Gone Girl in the “unputdownable-ness” category, and while I would agree that they were similarly hard to put down, I think it was for pretty … Continue reading

Joyland – Stephen King

Joyland – Stephen King

For the longest time, I had it in my head that Joyland was a graphic novel (aka, a glorified comic book), so I never seriously considered reading it. That impression was corrected one day when I was wandering through Target and saw it on the shelf. Curious, I picked it up, and discovered, to my … Continue reading

Above – Isla Morley

Above – Isla Morley

I got Above through Netgalley. I wouldn’t have even seen it had I not received an email suggesting it as a good fit for me. As soon as I saw that it was in the vein of The Lovely Bones and Room, I was definitely intrigued. Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she’s abducted by her … Continue reading

Thoughts on the Hunger Games Movie

Thoughts on the Hunger Games Movie

No, not Catching Fire—I haven’t seen that one yet. It actually took me a long time to be even a little interested in seeing The Hunger Games. I loved the book, but am historically disappointed in movies adapted from books. I know, I know, different mediums, different artists—but it’s very hard for me to separate the … Continue reading

The Dinner – Herman Koch

The Dinner – Herman Koch

I’ve had The Dinner on my Amazon wishlist for a while, but I don’t actually remember why. I remember reading some list a long time ago of book recommendations; it might have been on Slate.com. I put a bunch on my wishlist and promptly forgot about them. Every once in a while I would go … Continue reading

Allegiant – Veronica Roth

Allegiant – Veronica Roth

So, this was my reaction upon finishing Allegiant: No no no no no No no no no no no no NO NO NO NO NO ARRRRRRRGGHHHHHH I thought maybe a few days would go by and I wouldn’t hate it so much, but not so. I still hate the ending. I invested far too much … Continue reading

Dr. Sleep – Stephen King

Dr. Sleep – Stephen King

Guys, Dr. Sleep was awesome. I mean, I knew it would be, but I was also afraid a little because this is the first true sequel (other than the Dark Tower series, I suppose) that Stephen King has ever written, and I was worried it might spoil the stand-alone-ness of The Shining, or even Dr. … Continue reading

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Guys guys guys!! Look what I got!! I know, I know, I haven’t been posting for like, what, eight months now? Sorry, life has been super busy/I’ve been lazy and unmotivated but GUYS. Stephen King wrote a sequel to The Shining and it came out today and I HAVE IT so you better bet I’ll at least … Continue reading

Three Graves Full – Jamie Mason

Three Graves Full – Jamie Mason

Title: Three Graves Full Author: Jamie Mason Published: February 2012, Simon & Schuster Summary There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard. The truth of this novel’s opening sentence is not lost on Jason Getty, a pale, meek, and quiet man who hides a damning secret at the … Continue reading

Sunday Morning Funnies: Truth

Sunday Morning Funnies: Truth

    This isn’t necessarily “funny,” but I thought it was true and needed to be shared. :) I have so many friends that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t read (and that includes real life friends; I’m not just talking about the characters who feel like my friends), including all of you lovely blogging … Continue reading

Classics Club Spin – What’s Your Number?

Classics Club Spin – What’s Your Number?

Well, first of all, typing “What’s Your Number?” up there made me think of this: You’re welcome. Anyway, the Classics Club Spin Number of Truth is 14, which means I will be reading Catcher in the Rye. Catcher was on my “Books I’m dreading, aka books I read in school and hated” list, so I’m not the happiest … Continue reading

20 Questions with 101 Books

20 Questions with 101 Books

Came across this yesterday and I’m bored, so I decided to answer these 20 questions from 101 Books (most of which are not quite book-related, oh well). What’s the worst non-fiction book you’ve ever read? I honestly don’t read enough non-fiction to say. I only pick up non-fiction books I know I’ll be interested in. Least … Continue reading

Classics Club Spin!

Classics Club Spin!

I’m playing The Classics Club Spin! Directions Go to your blog. Pick twenty books that you have left to read from your Classics Club List. Try to challenge yourself: list five you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, rereads, ancients … Continue reading

Hiding in Sunshine – John and Caitlin Stuart

Hiding in Sunshine – John and Caitlin Stuart

Title: Hiding in Sunshine Author: John Stuart and Caitlin Stuart Published: October 2012 Summary Gavin and Lisa Brinkley have it all. Two beautiful daughters, Becky and Jessica; a beautiful mansion on a 8-acre lot in Concord, Massachusetts; incredible wealth from Gavin’s many patents. An incredibly gifted high-tech entrepreneur, Gavin has secured enough royalties from his … Continue reading

Is Jane Austen Overrated?

Is Jane Austen Overrated?

Ron Rosenbaum has an article on Slate today about why he might be reevaluating his position on Jane Austen’s literary merit. The impetus for this arose with the publishing of an Austen-based self-help book titled A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter. Below is one of … Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Romances in Books

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Romances in Books

I went with the “awesomely romantic couples” interpretation of this week’s theme. 1. Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth – Persuasion, Jane Austen. Yeah, I could have gone with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, but what fun would that be? Even though Persuasion is not exactly “up there” in my favorite Austen novels … Continue reading