Book Recommendation – The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde takes the phrase “escaping into a good book” quite literally.

The Eyre Affair is my favorite book. I love the story more than I can coherently express. There’s so much happening on every page. You like book puns? There are so many book puns. You like literary jokes and word play? Buddy, do I have some good news. How do you feel about chaotic evil villains and slightly batty uncles? Step right up, because I have a treat for you. Any fans of Jane Eyre? En-freaking-joy! And lastly, have you ever wanted a pet dodo bird? Well look no further my friend.

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Book Recommendation – Life of Pi

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel ft. a LEGO pirate

I read Life of Pi for the first time the summer before my senior year in high school. I think it was part of the AP Literature summer reading list my teacher had given us. This book blew my mind. Every interaction between the main character, Pi, and his surroundings is thrilling. Everything he encounters on his journey is layered with mystery and excitement. Continue reading “Book Recommendation – Life of Pi”

Nonfiction suggestions

One of my reading goals this year is to read more nonfiction and I have abysmally failed so far. I need suggestions! I am interested in women in history, feminism, memoirs, current events, writing, food, travel.

I have read a handful of memoirs and some feminist essays but I am always caught up in fiction so nonfiction gets pushed to the side.

Also, does Stan Lee have a memoir because I would read the sh*t out of that.

I welcome any and all recommendations! Thank you in advance for your wonderful suggestions.

tina

The Serpent King aka crying in my bed at 12:30am on a Friday

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

I need to start with saying that this is probably the most serious piece I have ever written about a book I have read. And it is definitely the most honest. I cried more than I have cried in a while, in regards to a book or real life. I even knew it was coming but that did not stop the tears. Tears in my bed, needing tissue breaks before I read the next heartbreaking moment. This is not a review of The Serpent King; it is just a lot of feelings that the book brought out of me. There are spoilers, so beware. Forgive me if this piece seems a little erratic and messy but I knew I had to write it the second I finished the book, which happened to be at 12:30 am on a Friday. I had to write it for myself, but I hope you enjoy it. Continue reading “The Serpent King aka crying in my bed at 12:30am on a Friday”

Book Recommendation – Moriarty

If you love everything Sherlock, this book is for you. The story takes place after the Reichenbach Fall in Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories and weaves in elements of the original as well.

There were several moments in this book when my mouth was hanging open from shock. I really want to read the rest of the books that Anthony Horowitz has written in this same Sherlock vein.

This is a great Sherlockian style mystery. Loved it!

Book Recommendation Wednesday – Yes Please

Book Recommendation Wednesday – Yes Please

Amy Poehler is possibly my favorite celebrity. She is funny, brilliant, and honest. I read Yes Please earlier this year and could not put it down. I think I read it cover to cover in about 4 hours.

If you need an extra bit of inspiration/motivation/feminism in your life, pick this read up. Poehler is hilarious, but there is great advice and life lessons peppered throughout the book as well. This is just another way that she proves that she isn’t just funny. There’s a little bit of Leslie Knope (my hero) sprinkled in as well, so that is just a wonderful bonus.

Station Eleven Review

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When I first saw the title Station Eleven I thought it was going to be about a train station. I was so, so wrong. Like, embarrassingly wrong.

Even after I read the description on the back cover, I still wasn’t expecting the right thing. The story definitely took me by surprise. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, follows a group of people as they navigate a world after a flu epidemic that had a mortality rate of 99%, obliterating the world’s population. Continue reading “Station Eleven Review”

Book Recommendation Wednesday – The Glass Castle

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls https://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/7445.The_Glass_Castle

I read The Glass Castle years ago but it is a book that has stuck with me ever since. If I had the power to reread a book like it was the first time I ever read it, this would be one of the books I would choose.

The story (actually a memoir) follows a dysfunctional family, with a mother and father who choose to be homeless while following their children around the United States.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t remember a lot of the details about the story (one of the reasons I want to reread it so badly), but what I can say is that whenever I think about the story, I get super excited. If I get that intense of an emotional response, it must have been fantastic.

I hope you give The Glass Castle a chance – and you should definitely read it before the movie comes out in 2017! (eek!!)

Book Recommendation Wednesday – The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

“There are only two things I can do better than most people. One of them is to make vodka from goats’ milk, and the other is to put together an atom bomb.” – Jonas JonassonThe Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

If you want a taste of what this book is about, that quote is the perfect morsel. I read somewhere that it is Europe’s response to Forrest Gump and was surprised at how apt of a description it was. Continue reading “Book Recommendation Wednesday – The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared”

Recommendation Wednesday – Donna Leon & Commissario Brunetti

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First of all, I love a good mystery. Second of all, I love Italy. And look what we have here, a mystery series set in Venice, Italy. Hallelujah! There are also about twenty books in the series so you won’t be running out of reading material. Leon is still releasing new books in the Brunetti series regularly; Waters of Eternal Youth was released on March 8th, 2016 and I have already added it to my TBR list.

I highly recommend the series. They are stand alone novels (no need to read them in order) and they offer a unique insight into the police and criminal world of Italy, specifically Venice.