Cannonball gift exchange is one of my favorite Christmastime traditions and this year my not so secret Santa was our Bingo organizer extraordinaire emmalita! Thank you for Ellie Kemper’s My Squirrel Days (my library doesn’t have it!), a Michelle Obama coloring book and the Kindle edition of Snoop Dogg’s From Crook to Cook which I did not know I needed but am super excited about.
Lilac Girls is loosely based on the real life stories of Caroline Ferriday, a New York socialite and philanthropist, and ambitious Ravensbrück doctor Herta Oberheuser. Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager working for the Underground, is a fictional character but based on a real woman. “It’s just a thing, Kasia. Don’t waste your energy on the hate. That will kill you sure as anything. Focus on keeping your strength. You’re resourceful. Find a way to outsmart them.” Caroline is a wealthy, single woman who volunteers at the French consulate at the onset of World War II. Aryan ideal Herta recently graduated medical school and takes […]
How did this get made into a movie? A movie with Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick and social media maven Blake Lively! Also, how do I write a review that properly encapsulates my disdain for this novel without spoiling the shit out of it? Does it matter if I spoil it, because none of you should ever read this… “You’d be amazed by what people will do. Things they’d never admit to anyone—not even to themselves.” Stephanie is a single mother whose husband died in a car accident a few years ago; she runs a blog and basically lives off […]
I fell completely in love with the Netflix film adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and immediately sought out the novels it was based on. To my horror, although not surprise, there was a mile long wait list at the library and the trilogy was sold out at Barnes & Noble. Luckily the box set came back in stock and I was able to binge read the series last week. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (4.75 Stars) Lara Jean Covey lives in Virginia with her widower father and two sisters, Margot and Kitty; she is a bit […]
If “This Old Thing” hadn’t been a square on Bingo this year I could have easily gone my whole life without reading any Jane Austen, and I still haven’t seen any of her film adaptions. I read a lot of classic American literature in high school and college, including Great Gatsby, Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, several Steinbeck novels, The Scarlet Letter and even Moby Dick but I don’t think I was ever assigned anything from the other side of the pond while a student. I picked Pride and Prejudice because it seemed like the seminal Austen novel and I wanted to read something new for this square […]
I read Openly Straight last year and, while I thought the premise of going back into the closet strange, I loved the relationship between Rafe and Ben. Honestly Ben picks up right where Openly Straight ends with Ben is questioning things after he hooks up with Rafe. Ben has discovered Rafe knows he is homosexual and wasn’t just experimenting like Ben was which sends him into a bit of a tailspin. After winter break Ben discovers he was awarded the highly prestigious Pappas Award, complete with a much needed scholarship, and decides to refocus himself on his school work and the baseball team. He mostly avoids […]
Continuing my unintentional trend of books about rich people in vacation homes: We Were Liars a story about a Kennedy-esq family, the Sinclairs, as told by the unreliable narrator Cadence (Cady) Sinclair Easton. “I suffer migraines. I do not suffer fools.” Two summers ago Cady, then fifteen, suffered some sort of accident that has left her suffering from amnesia and migraines. Prior to the accident Cady and her cousins shared happy summers at their family’s private island. Cady, the oldest grandchild in the Sinclair dynasty, is particularly close with her cousins Mirren and Johnny as well as Johnny’s Indian step-cousin Gat. They […]
Hodgman’s essays are loosely threaded together by a common theme of travel/ vacationing but Vacationland is essentially a memoir about white, upper middle class male privilege. Hodgman acknowledges his privilege which makes this more entertaining than it could have been in someone hands. I listened to the audio-book which enhanced the experience. “Money cannot buy happiness, but it buys the conditions for happiness: time, occasional freedom from constant worry, a moment of breath to plan for the future, and the ability to be generous.” Hodgman grew up in a privileged New England home complete with a summer home in western Massachusetts that he bought […]