Thank you to my fellow Ellen! I’m so excited to try the treats and to read Yvain: The Knight of the Lion! PLUS to have my own copy of the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. . . *sighs with happiness* And look how cutely everything came packaged! Thank you, thank you, thank you, and happy holidays!
I think by now most of us have heard at least the outline of the story told in Bad Blood: Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire (and founder of Theranos) who somehow misled and deceived investors and board members into believing she had revolutionized blood testing and was able to test for literally hundreds of conditions using a single drop of blood. If it were true, it would have changed the world, but, of course, it wasn’t true. Holmes is set to go on trial for fraud next year. This wasn’t a story I’d been following closely, so even […]
I didn’t really like The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle at first. In fact, after a few chapters I put it down and decided to read something else. But then I found that I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and even now, 2 days after I finished it, I’m still thinking about it. Somehow this book, in which there wasn’t a single character I liked or any ending I could picture that would’ve satisfied me, wormed its way into my psyche and if I hadn’t already had to return it to the library, I would be reading it again […]
You’ll read a lot of reviews about how this book is “gripping” and “thrilling” and “riveting,” and I’m not going to argue with any of it. For the first two-thirds of this book, I couldn’t put it down. I knew what was going to happen, but I really couldn’t stop reading. I looked forward to reading all day when I was at work. She Said is the story of how New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey investigated decades of rumors about producer Harvey Weinstein, and how the story they eventually published marked a cultural turning point. Weinstein […]
(I realize I’m crossing fictional detective streams here with my review title, but it felt appropriate.) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is often considered one of Agatha Christie’s best novels, and I’ve been excited to get to it as I work my way through all the Poirot novels in order. However, when I started reading it, I realized I was already familiar with the story. While the first two Poirot novels and short story collection are narrated by Poirot’s friend, Captain Hastings, the captain doesn’t appear in this book. Instead, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is narrated by a Dr. […]
My library has a program where you can borrow popular ebooks with absurdly long waitlists immediately, but you can only keep them 7 days. Luckily, The Witch Elm is the kind of mystery I absolutely tear through because I can’t handle the suspense. Toby Hennessey is the sort of guy who isn’t good at any one thing in particular, but who seems to always coast by and can talk his way out of any situation. After a night out drinking with friends, he’s awakened when he realizes his apartment is being burgled. The burglars beat him savagely, and a good […]
I was 11 when The Giver was published, and I remember my 7th grade English teacher, the next year, reading it aloud to my class. It was my first exposure to dystopian fiction and I ate it up. Everyone in my class had their own copy so we could follow along, and within a few years my copy was completely dog-eared and tattered, as I read and reread. At some point, having moved on to more sophisticated dystopias as I got older, it ended up in the giveaway box and I haven’t read it or thought about it in years. […]
Eleanor of Aquitaine has been a personal hero of mine since I was a kid. At some point in time–maybe around age 10 or 11?–I read E.L. Konigsberg’s A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver, which I adored. ADORED, and read a million times, although I never bothered to learn what miniver was until literally yesterday. For those who don’t know, Eleanor of Aquitaine was a queen in the Middle Ages. First she was the queen of France, married to Louis VII. Later, their marriage was annulled and she married Henry II and became the queen of England. On top […]