Monthly Archives: May 2014

What are the best YA books?

When I was a teen, I read pretty much everything in my high school’s library. And I enjoyed most of it. I never really got into the vampire or zombie thing though. Nowadays, I don’t read very much YA at all, but I am interested to know what the stuff I should read is! I […]
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A short (but true) story

A friend of mine gave me her copy of Maeve Binchy’s Victoria Line, Central Line, and told me that it was a really book by a wonderful author. Fast forward about six months, and here I was ready to read my first Maeve Binchy. I read the first chapter, Tottenham Hale, which I don’t remember […]
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Armchair BEA: Authors Interactions

Who knew authors were so accessible? Since I did not venture into the world of Twitter until starting this blog, I had no idea whatsoever. Would an author ever read the reviews that I write? If they did, could I expect a reply or acknowledgement? So far, the super star celebrity authors— not so much. […]
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Armchair BEA: More Than Just Words

I believe Audiobooks have the power to change the world. Can you imagine if all those who have difficulty reading were to discover that they actually loved reading, that books could open up a whole new world for them, and they could just listen to the words instead of struggling to make sense of the […]
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Literature– My Way

I am a contemporary kind of girl. Whether fictional or reality, present day or looking back in time— the style of storytelling or perhaps the lack of stylistic expectation, is what carries me along. It’s been a bit of a slog attempting to find some “classic” literature predating the 20th century that succeeded in captivating […]
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Armchair BEA: My Introduction

I am so excited to be participating in the Armchair BEA. Since I am unable/not allowed to head off to the actual BEA in New York City this week, I will have a blast learning and meeting new people through this fabulous online event. Now for the introduction.   1. Please tell us a little […]
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Review: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

I have an uncle who works with governments in second and third world countries to build systems, policies and help advance their protocols into the new millennium. Right now, I believe he is in Bangladesh and has been for a few years on and off. When I was growing up, his home base was mostly […]
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Guest review: XXI-XXX of Livy’s History of Rome- The War with Hannibal

I have many friends who are avid readers. Brent LaRoche is among the most committed of them, and is extremely thoughtful about the many books that he consumes. He reads across multiple genres, but History is very much a focus for him. Consequently, he is quite well versed on various topics in history as well […]
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We Were Liars: Get Beyond the Hype

Multiple reviewers said, “the less you know the better it will be.” And so I went in blind. Ann Kingman says, “not just one of the best YA books I’ve read this year, but one of the best books I read this year in any genre.” And I generally love the stuff that the Books […]
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The Martian – How much is a one-way ticket to Mars worth?

As a married father of three young children, there are many days when being stranded alone on Mars sounds like Eden.  Throw in the fact that lead Martian Mark Watney is a mechanical engineer, and heck I’ve daydreamed this scenario several dozen times already. Why do I have such compulsion to escape the people I […]
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