Biography, Book Journal, Bookish Tuesday, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Young Adult

Best Books of My 20s

Earlier this month I celebrated my 30th birthday in the Bahamas! And as I look back on the last decade of my reading life, I realized my tastes and interests changed drastically over the last ten years. What follows are just a few of my favorite books from that decade and are not in any… Continue reading Best Books of My 20s

Fiction, new releases, Non-Fiction

New This Month: September 2019

As the book buyer for a local independent book store, I have the great joy of being able to see what books are coming, what publishers are excited about, and more, a good three to nine months before the books are actually released. While this is normally very exciting, it also means that by the… Continue reading New This Month: September 2019

Book Club, Essays, History, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Word by Word by Kory Stamper

It's another nonfiction book club pick! As someone who is fascinated by books and journalism, I'm really not all that interested in the English language and how it functions - I never really learned grammar properly, and (as I'm sure this post and others can verify) am often in need of a copy editor. But… Continue reading Word by Word by Kory Stamper

Biography, Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, Travel

The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Another Nonfiction Book Club selection, this one was selected for my new Antarctica-loving friend, Lenore! Synopsis From the Back Cover:It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an… Continue reading The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Bookish Tuesday, Fantasy, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Sociology

Favorite Reads of 2019 So Far

I've had a good reading year so far, better than previous years - I've only hated 3 books so far! But below are my favorites thus far - not necessarily published in 2019 but read in 2019. And surprisingly, only 1 work of nonfiction and 3 fiction. Range by David Epstein An enjoyable psychology/sociology minded… Continue reading Favorite Reads of 2019 So Far

Non-Fiction, Psychology, Sociology

Range by David Epstein

In March I attended my first book buyer's retreat and was grumbling about the fact that all the publishers were sending me fiction books - didn't they know that some book buyers really prefer nonfiction? Until, finally, the last book arrived before I made my way up to Rhinebeck, New York - Range by David… Continue reading Range by David Epstein

Biography, Book Club, History, Non-Fiction

Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson

Picking out books with my nonfiction book club is such fun. Death in the Air is very similar to Devil in the White City, or so I'm told, and it was a good fit for the nonfiction book club! Synopsis From the Back Cover:London was still recovering from the devastation of World War II when… Continue reading Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson

Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, STEM

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

Packing for Mars = Book #3 for my new Nonfiction Book Club! One of the members, not me, is super into books about space and Antarctica so our May read and July reads have been picked by her. And while I am a person who is often freaked out and overwhelmed by the vast void… Continue reading Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

Fiction, Historical

The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

I'm reading fiction again! Oh my gosh, it's a shocker! First time in 2 years!!! Well, other than Dear Mrs. Bird, but that doesn't entirely count... Synopsis From Advanced Reader Copy:Already being compared to Outlander, Camelot, and The Mists of Avalon, this spellbinding debut introduces Languoreth - a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland and the… Continue reading The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

Essays, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins

In preparing for a weekday drive to my father's place two hours away, I went searching for a fairly short and entertaining book to listen to on the drive - enter Maeve in America! Synopsis From the Back Cover: Maeve Higgins was a bestselling memoirist and comedian in her native Ireland when, at the grand… Continue reading Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins