Books Going Places: The Starbound Trilogy

Before I dive into the first post of my new feature, “Books Going Places,” I want to reminisce for a moment. The Dawn of Young Adult Fiction for Me In the summer of 2011, I had just moved to North Carolina, and I was unemployed. When I couldn’t write another application or cover letter, I read. Though my apartment was small and dingy, it was across the … Continue reading Books Going Places: The Starbound Trilogy

Tilting Towards Pisa: A Day Trip & Book Review

While IMG_8080browsing a used bookstore a few months ago, I peeked into the travel section to see if they had anything on Italy. Amid abandoned copies of Under the Tuscan Sun, I found Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa.

Confession: I’m no history buff. I don’t read all the plaques at museums, and I don’t seek out history tours. I appreciate history, and I like to understand its cultural relevance, but that’s about where it stops. It’s really not like me to voluntarily read an entire book on a monument’s history.

But maybe it’s something I should start doing. Continue reading “Tilting Towards Pisa: A Day Trip & Book Review”

Three books I loved in 2014: Honor's Lark, The Book Thief, and Republic.

The Best of What I Read in 2014

In 2014, I read 23 books, almost making it to an average of 2 books a month. Like last year, I wanted to share some of my favorites, but unlike last year, I’m only highlighting a few of them. I made one-liner descriptions for the rest of what I read at the end of this post, which might be my new style of reviews since it was so fun to do.

And The Favorite Is: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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