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The Complete Jessica Darling Series Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings, Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty and Publisher Crown. Ya Books, Good Books, Books To Read, Hope For The Day, Feminist Books, Track Meet, Page Turner, First Novel, Crazy Girls

Book Review 30: Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

God, I loved this book. I can't believe I didn't read this when it came out in 2001, when I was actually in the target demographic. But Jessica Darling is such a wonderful young adult character and I love her just as much as a 26 year old as I probably would have as a…

The Purity Myth: How Americas Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women: Jessica Valenti: Books I Love Books, Books To Read, My Books, Reading Lists, Book Lists, Best Feminist Books, Life Changing Books, Thing 1, Girl Problems

Book Review 8: The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti

So, I was halfway through this book when Lollygagger posted this fabulous review on the CBR blog, which was then featured on Pajiba. I really don't have that much to add. That review is a great summary of the book, it's thesis, and why it's important for both men and women to think about this…

Books To Get You Through Your Quarter-Life Crisis The Defining Decade by Meg Jay (read Reading Lists, Book Lists, Books To Read In Your 20s, Fiction Books To Read, Fiction Novels, Good Books, My Books, Amazing Books, Quarter Life Crisis

Book Review 13: The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

I'm 25, and this is one of those self help books I've seen read/recommended to/recommended by my friends. Being in "your twenties" is a relatively new development stage as Americans postpone marriage and children until later and later. There's this sort of pop culture idea that your twenties should be wild, and free, the best…

19 Books That Will Get You Through Any Breakup - If you can’t stop obsessing over “what if,” read The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver. Book Club Books, Book Lists, Good Books, Books To Read, My Books, Book Clubs, Reading Lists, Lionel Shriver, American Children

Book Review 32: The Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

Similar to Life After Life, The Post Birthday World also looks at alternate timelines of the protagonist's life. Irina McGovern takes family friend Ramsey Acton to dinner for his birthday one evening while her husband is traveling. And her choice that night sets off two alternate timelines. In the first, she begins a torrid affair with alcoholic,…

"MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche" Read the sample last night. I want to buy it and read it, stat. I relate to this woman so much! I need a Dallas BFF. Books You Should Read, Books To Read, Reading Lists, Book Lists, Reading Books, Make New Friends, Best Friends, Close Friends, Pool Girl

Book Review 20: MWF Seeking BFF: My Year Long Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche

So this book was kind of an awesome read. There is so much advice out there about all the crap you deal with in your twenties - starting a career, finding a life partner, getting married, having kids, etc. There is almost no advice about what, at least for me, is arguably the hardest -…

Graphic Novel Classics: Watchmen, by Alan Moore. This immensely popular graphic novel is about the lives of a group of super heroes, and how their human failings cause their fall from grace. Like most other books, it is far better than the movie! Book Club Books, Good Books, My Books, Book Clubs, Amazing Books, Book Art, Gandalf, Books To Read Before You Die, Dave Gibbons

Book Review 9: Watchmen by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons

This is my first ever graphic novel! It seemed like a fun, interesting way to branch out from my usual selection of mysteries and airport quality chick lit. On reading a graphic novel, it was extremely challenging for all the reasons I thought it would be. I struggled with reading the words, and looking at…

Read "The Brief History of the Dead A Novel" by Kevin Brockmeier available from Rakuten Kobo. From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, li. Best Book Covers, Beautiful Book Covers, Graphic Design Books, Book Design, Creative Book Cover Designs, Books To Read, My Books, Book Jacket, Cool Books

Review 23: The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

I like to read high concept books, simply based off of their premise. In The Brief History of the Dead, we see two parallel stories. First, are the people living in the space between their life on Earth and whatever comes next. They believe they only exist in the inbetween for as long as someone on earth…

Title: Låt den rätte komma inAuthor: John Ajvide LindqvistRating: You can tell this is a great book by just reading the prolouge. That is how good of an author Ajvide Lindqvist is. Cool Books, My Books, Vampire Stories, 12 Year Old Boy, Fiction Novels, Beautiful Book Covers, The Book, Persona, Latte

Book Review 19: Let the Right One In by John Lindqvist

This book is dark. I haven't seen either of the movies, but the central character at this book is a vampire, and the story spirals out to encompass those whose lives the vampire touches. Eli's...companion, for lack of a better word, who secures food for Eli when Eli cannot. Eli's lonely, bullied neighbor who is…

Title: Låt den rätte komma inAuthor: John Ajvide LindqvistRating: You can tell this is a great book by just reading the prolouge. That is how good of an author Ajvide Lindqvist is. Cool Books, My Books, Vampire Stories, 12 Year Old Boy, Fiction Novels, Beautiful Book Covers, The Book, Persona, Latte

Book Review 19: Let the Right One In by John Lindqvist

This book is dark. I haven't seen either of the movies, but the central character at this book is a vampire, and the story spirals out to encompass those whose lives the vampire touches. Eli's...companion, for lack of a better word, who secures food for Eli when Eli cannot. Eli's lonely, bullied neighbor who is…

Currently in post-production and coming to theaters some time in Starring Bradley Cooper as George Pemberton and Jennifer Lawrence as Serena Pemberton. Read the book now! Serena By Ron Rash. I Love Books, Good Books, Books To Read, My Books, Book Club Books, Book Lists, The Book, Book Nerd, Coming To Theaters

Review 24: Serena by Ron Rash

The film based on Serena is going to be Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper's follow up to their Oscar nominated/winning The Silver Linings Playbook, and I wanted to check it out mostly for those reasons. I follow a lot of Hollywood trade news via blogs, and when they were casting for Serena, there was a lot of buzz…

Can a badly abused elephant halfway across the world help a woman win back her cheating husband? In this funny, heartwarming story, the author of "Horseplay" presents another smart, memorable heroine and the animals--and men--she loves. Be Still, Still Life, Books To Read, My Books, Elephant Book, How To Grow Taller, How To Memorize Things, Novels, This Book

Review 22: Still Life with Elephant by Judy Reene Singer

[Spoilers abound in this post, beware] Half of this book I hated, because it felt contrived, and didn't add anything original to the women's fiction genre that I truly adore. Neelie's husband has an affair with the chipper female co-owner of his veterinarian practice and gets her pregnant. He doesn't even have the guts to…

Listened to this. Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me (A Chelsea Handler Book/Borderline Amazing). Listened to this. ready by chelsea handler. Chelsea Handler Books, Books To Read, My Books, Chelsea Lately, Def Not, Summer Reading Lists, Reading 2014, Reading Time, Thing 1

Book Review 14: Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler & Friends

Chelsea Handler tends to be divisive. People either obsess over her or vigorously hate her for little to no reason. I guess she's like most comedians that way - you either get them or you don't, and if you don't, you're not interested. I like Chelsea Handler, and I like her assorted cast of friends/comedians…

Special Topics in Calamity Physics. Not a book about physics. I called it quirky and clever. Good Books, Books To Read, My Books, What To Read, Book Authors, Reading Lists, Reading Books, Book Nerd, Book Review

Book Review 31: Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Maria Pessl

I'm going to be gushing a lot in some of my upcoming posts. I've been on a serious roll with reading books I love, probably because I did a ton of research on what to read so I could stop reading crap and start reading books I'm obsessed with, rather than lukewarm towards. Anyway, Maria…

Zadie smith essays about life Essays about Life Essays about Death Essays about Love. 10 Great Essays by Zadie Smith Amazing reads by a great essayist/novelist, all free to read online Zadie Smith Books, Reading Lists, Book Lists, Reading Room, What Is Life About, All About Time, Books To Read, My Books, We Fall In Love

Book Review 16: On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith's On Beauty was fascinating because it read like a classic novel, except modern. The story focuses on the Belsey family, an interracial family living in a small town centered around a liberal arts college just outside of Boston. Howard, the white, hyper intellectual, almost unfeeling patriarch married his intelligent, political, passionate African American wife Kiki…

A good soap opera about 8 Vassar graduates. The Group by Mary McCarthy is on Steve’s read shelf. Steve gave this book 4 stars Mary Mccarthy, Books To Read, My Books, Feminist Books, Forever Book, Rory Gilmore, Baby Boomer, Sum Up, American Life

Book Review 18: The Group by Mary McCarthy

I watch Girls because I think it's interesting. I don't love everything that happens in every episode, or even like the characters very much, but what I do love is that every Monday the previous night's episode creates conversation. Interesting conversation. I talk to my friends (and my mom) about body image. And race, and…

"Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, as Told By Its Stars, Writers and Guests", Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller. Got Books, Used Books, Books To Read, Andrew Miller, Late Night Show, Book Sites, Saturday Night Live, Book Projects, Book Recommendations

Book Review 10: Live from New York by Tom Shales & Andrew James Miller

After reading The Revolution Was Televised, I realized that a whole genre of books about my absolute favorite pastime, television, existed and I was missing out. Live from New York, a 600 page oral history of Saturday Night Live, was published in 2002 and hit exactly the right notes. The book is just the right mix of…

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