21 March 2019

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

I would assume you've all gathered that I love reading non-fiction. I love projects that involve a lot of research and a personal relationship to the subject matter. Non-fiction is a field I wish I worked in. But fiction was the first thing I picked up, and every so often I read a novel sooo good that I remember how much I LOVE fiction and what an impressive art form it is. I finished An American Marriage on January 2, 2019, and I already know it will be my favourite book I read all year. I can't imagine anything being able to top it. Tayari Jones' Atlanta-based book is incredible. 

14 March 2019

Single State of Mind by Andi Dorfman

Somebody bought me this book for Christmas but I can't for the life of me remember who. I didn't even realize I had got it as a gift either until I went to my bookshelf and saw it. The mystery is real. The only person who could have possibly forgotten he bought this is my fiance, so it was either him or somebody is playing coy. And there's no reason to be ashamed- I am a die hard-'till my last breath-Bachelor fan. I could read these books non-stop and not give a care who wrote them or what the content is because if there's even one sentence of scoop on the show I will have found it worth my time.

7 March 2019

Top 5: Ben Silcox

One thing I have quickly learned about my boyfriend Ben is that we have very different interests in fiction. When Ben and I first met we would hang out until like 5 am watching movies and we'd often talk about books we liked. I remember writing down and then buying Don DeLillo's White Noise based on his recommendation. I also read The Unbearable Lightness of Being quite a few years before I met Ben and had a very different experience with it - but after reading White Noise I wasn't surprised in the least that Milan Kundera was included on his top 5 list.

28 February 2019

Desperate Characters by Paula Fox

I read this book a few years ago and decided I wanted to re-read it after finishing Jonathan Franzen's newest book of essays. I don't know why but as I was reading his new book I was reflecting a lot on his last book of essays Further Away. In it he writes about Paula Fox's 1970 novel Desperate Characters. I felt compelled to re-read it so I could write my own review. So here it is:

21 February 2019

Wifey by Judy Blume

I have a deep love for Judy Blume that has lasted basically my entire reading life, and this was the LAST book of hers that I'd yet to read. I got this for Christmas to complete my Blume library, and while it was fun to read, I wouldn't say it was my favourite, and I've been saying that a lot lately about her work. Nothing has ever come close to my love for Summer Sisters

14 February 2019

Valentines Day Special: 10 of the Most Miserable Books about Marriage You'll Ever Read

There was some 'discussion' between us about whether or not to do this post, since one of us is getting married in June... but enjoying books with terrible marriage plots is one of the things we have most in common. We love to read about them, the same way people gleefully watch horror movies through the slits in their eyes. So, if you are not into Valentine's Day and are looking for something to take your mind off how cute everyone looks on Instagram, here's a list of books that will make you realize that nobody is actually that happy.

7 February 2019

The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless

I almost feel awkward reading through my review of Jon Krakauer's infamous Into the Wild when it comes to my perspective on Chris and Carine McCandless' parents. I said they didn't seem "too bad" but that the movie eludes to something more. After finally reading Carine McCandless' memoir The Wild Truth (after getting it for my birthday ~3 years ago) I feel like I now know the full truth, and more light has been shed on why her brother Chris walked into the Alaskan wild all these decades ago.

1 February 2019

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

Welp, consider this my official retirement from Nicholas Sparks. Not that the book isn't great, they always are, but I just can't read this same story anymore in a new landscape. As my dad so cleverly said when I opened this at Christmas, "why are you reading that, I can tell you exactly what happens... a guy and a girl fall in love overnight but one of them is hiding something"... if my dad can so accurately summarize the plot to EVERY book Sparks has written (having read none of them) then I think it's time for me to move on...

24 January 2019

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

I can't believe it took me this long to finally read Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. This is pretty much everything I love in books - research-heavy explorations of a young, solo "adventurer." Everyone knows this book and it's about time we review it. I have been wanting to do a very mini "series" on Chris McCandless where I read Krakauer's book and then McCandless' younger sister Carine's memoir The Wild Truth. So what follows will be a review of Krakauer's famous book and Carine McCandless' book will be my next review. Let's get started.

17 January 2019

Eden Close by Anita Shreve

I've been itching to read this ever since learning it's Shreve's first book when I wrote the author spotlight on her over a year ago. I have been hit or miss lately with Shreve's books, I loved The Last Time They Met, but I wasn't as into her most recent book, The Stars are FireEden Close was a big hit for me.

10 January 2019

Wildlife by Richard Ford

As soon as I heard that Paul Dano was making his directorial debut with an adapted screenplay co-written by long-time girlfriend Zoe Kazan I placed an Indigo order. Dano and Kazan are my favourite celebrity couple and I knew that whatever book they were interested in I would be interested in too. So I ordered Richard Ford's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Wildlife and read it in ~three days.

30 December 2018

Best and Worst Reads of 2018

Happy new year! As we enter 2019 we wanted to re-cap our favourite reads from 2018, and also the ones we didn't enjoy.