Book Club, Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

We're back! At the beginning of June my bookstore was able to reopen partially to the public, and then a week ago we were able to open more fully. That was, I hope understandably, very stressful. But this week I could finally take some time to sit back and head out to my in-laws beach… Continue reading Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Fiction, Historical

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

There's nothing like a global pandemic to completely change ones reading habits, right? Well, I guess we really wouldn't know. Either way, I'm ready way more historical fiction in the last week than I've read in years. However, fun fact, historical fiction was what really got me into reading way back in the third grade… Continue reading The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Comic Monday, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Young Adult

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Each night I plug in my phone and put on my cozy phones (flat headphones in a cozy headband so they don't hurt your ears, they're amazing) and choose and audiobook to fall asleep to. During this period of self-isolation and uncertainly, I've been listening to and re-listening to Nimona on near repeat. But how… Continue reading Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Comic Monday, Contemporary, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Check Please 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

What feels like eons ago, my coworker and friend, told me about an adorable web comic that I just had to read called Check Please!. What she didn't tell me was that it was a super cute LGBTQ+ story with a pie-baking hockey player as it's protagonist! How could I have put off reading this… Continue reading Check Please 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Book Journal, Bookish Tuesday, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Favorite Graphic Novels

In Sunday's review of Mythos, I mentioned I was struggling with writing reviews lately. I don't know what's been going on with me - maybe it's the fact that I've been reading parts of so many books and haven't finished as many as I'd like, or that the independent bookstore I work at has been… Continue reading Favorite Graphic Novels

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

Fiction, Historical

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

UPDATED WITH SARAH'S REVIEW! Laura: I found this book on my mom’s shelves and when she noticed that I had picked it up she told me I should absolutely read it. It is one of the few non-mystery type fiction books she has read in the past 10 years, and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Knowing… Continue reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Fiction, Historical

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

I love any book set in Europe during World War II, it is by far one of my favorite time periods to read about. I requested the audiobook from the library to listen to while driving to and from work and I wound up enjoying it so much, I bought the actual book as well.… Continue reading At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult

Jessica Darling quintet by Megan McCafferty

Jessica Darling helped me survive high school. I was first introduced to the delightfully snarky, sarcastic and spunky teen heroine of Sloppy Firsts when I was a freshman in speech and debate practice after school one autumn afternoon back in 2003. A frenemy of mine was testing out an excerpt from Second Helpings for a… Continue reading Jessica Darling quintet by Megan McCafferty

Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

While an undergrad at Pitt, I was book browsing before seeing a movie with a friend, I saw Clockwork Angel sitting on the shelf at the Waterfront Barnes & Noble. Not knowing anything about the vast popularity of the Mortal Instruments series, I picked it up as I was intrigued. Eventually I attempted to start… Continue reading Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare