Swamplandia! by Karen Russell Karen Russell is able to ride the line between realism and magical realism that puts you in a headspace where you're not quite sure what is life. And that's pretty much the hallmark of great fiction... leaving you a bit disoriented and questioning what you know to be true. The characters are flawed in the most interesting way. The main character's immaturity is honest and refreshing is exactly the vehicle Russell needed to take us from Swampla
And today is definitely the day inadvertently ordering three cups of coffee wouldn't be such a bad thing. Because... TODAY IS NATIONAL COFFEE DAY! Here's a list of the various offerings to celebrate this momentous occassion. Caribou Coffee: Sample of their new Amy's Blend roast. Ten percent of all coffee sales will be donated to CancerCares through October 31st in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dunkin' Donuts: Free medium cup of Dunkin' Donuts hot Dark Roast coff
114,299 pageviews 545 posts 396 comments 161 Facebook Likes 101 Blogger followers 55 books 21 episodes 3 years ONE MEASLY SEASON And I wouldn't have it any other way. This challenge was originally started when I realized how narrowly I was reading, and how many amazing works of literature I had missed out on. Forcing myself to pick up so many of the classics hasn't always been fun (Don Quixote), but more times than not, my life has been enhanced by a book that I previously w
The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry There is something so intriguing and hopeful in how Lois Lowry writes children as intelligent, sentient beings. She gives them credit for understanding the subtleties and difficulties of life, whereas to many authors tend to shield children from the more harsh realities of life. Even in this story, the main characters parents don't realize just how much their daughter understands. And the beautiful part is that it does not scar the character.
Because I'm a genius, I successfully worked my inaugural visit to Strand Bookstore in NYC into an otherwise boring client visit. And it was everything I ever thought it could be. It was full of all the books and all the book-related merchandise that I would be happy to spend Lorelai's entire college tuition on. As silly as it sounds, I found myself tearing up as I stood there and took it all in. I was surrounded by the kind of people that fully understand tearing up in the m
I remember the first time a friend recommended this book to me. I was a sophomore in high school... 10th grade. If I was still in school, I'd be in 28th grade. So, there's that. It wasn't until I discovered a version of the book narrated by Stephen Fry that I was totally and completely sold on finally reading this book. The Hitchhiker's Guideto the Galaxy by Douglas Adams It's very rare nowadays that you find a novel that is simply unabashedly funny without having that hum
...well, at least 1/7th of the way. Is 1/7th a real fraction? I never fully understood fractions. This is really obvious when I'm baking (very rare occurrence) and I make the stupid decision to multiply something by a third instead of just doubling it. Who are we kidding... it's not like those extra brownies would go to waste! But I digress... We are now on the final episode of season one. I repeat: WE ARE NOW ON THE FINAL EPISODE OF SEASON ONE! So what if it took me th