Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre edited by Tracy Chevalier

I have read and reviewed some amazing short story collections this summer by Elizabeth Strout and Haruki Murakami. So naturally, I dived into Reader, I Married Him with high expectations. The short story collection is based off of the closing line to the ever lovely Jane Eyre, and is a compilation of twenty one authoresses … Continue reading Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre edited by Tracy Chevalier

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Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

I was skimming my library's bookshelves before my recent trip (sans husband ironically enough) when I stumbled across  Men Without Women (女のいない男たち) by Haruki Murakami. I had read his memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Summer 2014 (literally to the day that this is being written), and fell in love with … Continue reading Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

Monkeyboy by S. Shane Thomas

I recently stumbled across Monkeyboy by S. Shane Thomas on NetGalley and was instantly intrigued. I was preparing to start my yoga teacher training, and seeing the name Hanuman (a Hindi monkey god) caused me to pause. A Sci-fi/Fantasy book targeted toward Middle Grade readers, it is a part of the Anki Legacies world, though can … Continue reading Monkeyboy by S. Shane Thomas

My Weekend’s Booked #5: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

I read  My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout last January shortly after it was published and hated it. A book about an adult daughter reconciling with her mother after a difficult childhood, I found it to be a long and winding book with unpleasant characters (how dare they actually have human flaws!) Anything … Continue reading My Weekend’s Booked #5: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (A book review and lesson on onions)

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a contemporary classic. Originally published over 25 years ago in Brazil, this book has come to endear itself with readers the world … Continue reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (A book review and lesson on onions)

Tolkien’s Requiem: A Book Review

Over the weekend I read Tolkien's Requiem: Concerning Beren and Lúthien by John Carswell. Pressed into my hands by my friend Kaitlyn (blogger over at Tea with Tolkien), I was excited to dive into this book. A tiny little paperback (only 75 pages) that fits in the palm of your hand,  the book was surprisingly … Continue reading Tolkien’s Requiem: A Book Review

My Weekend’s Booked #4: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

“The most important qualities a human can possess are an iron will and a persevering spirit.” I have always loved books based on paintings: Tracy Chevalier's Girl With A Pearl Earring, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, and Alexandra Connor's The Hogarth Conspiracy. A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline was no exception. After hearing … Continue reading My Weekend’s Booked #4: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Two Towers Companion Journal (Review & Giveaway!)

Confession: the first time I tried to read the Lord of the Rings I did not make it through the first book. I was a ten year old girl in that awkward stage between children's books and adult novels, and the richness and depth of Tolkien's writing was a hair beyond my grasp. It was … Continue reading Two Towers Companion Journal (Review & Giveaway!)