The vote is closed and we have a winner – A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will be the basis of our Classic and Retellings book clubs later this year! The voting was close for most of the week, and then there was a late surge – over 40 votes in the last 24 hours – and Sherlock pulled ahead. We’ll be having two discussions, one for A Study in Scarlet on August 16th and 17th and the second for the adaptation of your choosing on September 20th and 21st. Remember, you choose an update, or a graphic novel, or […]
Sometimes you read a book because you should. This is one of those books. I truly enjoy YA on the whole, but I have a tough time with Children’s or Middle Grades books. I can absolutely see their good qualities and how their intended audience would likely sink into them, but maybe I don’t enjoy them now because I didn’t read many of them when I was that age (I was a late reader and then I flew up to reading adult books in a few years). But, there was a task on the Read Harder challenge, read a children’s […]
I struggled with this book for quite a while. For reasons I now don’t remember I believed this book to be a graphic novel and had filed it as such as a different task for Read Harder challenge than I eventually recorded it under. Then, once I began reading it for what it truly was, I found myself struggling through the chapters. Marin the protagonist is in such a low place, and Nina LaCour writes it so well that I felt myself being pulled under as I was already feeling a bit out of sorts. There were a few times […]
The Kiss Quotient has been hanging out in my TBR since Malin’s review last July and I was excited to read it this year fulfilling tasks for both Read Harder Challenge and the Reading Women Challenge. I’m glad I read it in the early part of the year and didn’t put it off any longer, it was a quick fun read and while it wasn’t perfectly executed it was certainly better than average and quite good indeed for a debut. I have a soft spot for books where the author has workshopped them and thanks their writers group in the […]
Dates for the Good Omens #CannonBookClub have been chosen, with a bonus discussion about the show adaptation. The book-only discussion will take place on May 17th and 18th, then June 14th and 15th to discuss the television adaptation. What could we possibly have to go with that? More #CannonBookClub of course. Later this year we’ll be hole another paired discussion for this our FIFTH year of book club. Do you want to read a Classic? Want to read an Adaptation or Retelling? WANT TO READ BOTH? Continuing our loose theme this year of stories in various formats, we’ll be voting on a book with plenty of adaptations and you pick what you’d like to read. Vote today!
Those of you who have been reading my reviews for the past several years know that I have both depression and anxiety, and while I’m taking meds and seeing a therapist it doesn’t always mean that I’m necessarily feeling well. Often, I feel like shit. Like many, many people I use certain rituals to keep my head on straight and one of them when I’m feeling poorly is to go see what Lin-Manuel Miranda had tweeted for his Gmorning/Gnight tweets of the day. Other times I came across them in the wild, lurking in my feed waiting to pick me […]
I am a big fan of Lyndsay Faye, but I couldn’t really pick up her 2016 work Jane Steele until now because I had not read Jane Eyre until late last year. While I’m sure you could read Jane Steele without reading Jane Eyre, I don’t know if you’d really see all that Faye is accomplishing in this work if you did. For that reason alone, I’m glad I waited. I love a quality retelling and Faye is absolutely delivering on that front. Jane Steele borrows the form and style of its predecessor and tells another story of a young […]
Almost exactly a year ago I read Jasmine Guillory’s debut The Wedding Date. It was charming, had great characters, a plot with meat on its bones, and sexy bassline. In my review of that book I wished for a follow up with supporting character Carlos, and Guillory must have had as much fun writing him as I did reading him because her second book is focused on Carlos. The Proposal* picks up six months after the end of The Wedding Date. We immediately meet the novel’s other main character, Nik, as she is experiencing a truly horrifying moment. Her casual […]