The Monsters and the Critics

There are four things you need to know about this picture. I have been looking for this book for AGES! Finally it was at Half Price Books!! My friend is absolutely wonderful for getting me this right in front of me without me noticing. If J.R.R. were alive and in front of me, I would totally…

Sarah Recommends

A friend of mine is stuck between two epically long books and wants to be able to make progress on her reading goal for the year (this really is about a friend, I’m not trying to disguise my woes!). I told her I’d make a list of books, she said to categorize them however I…

What I am reading…

I’m about half way through with Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. This amaze-balls book takes place partly in my home state (Kansas) and partly where my heart lives (Kansas City, Missouri). Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family […]. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has…

What I am reading…

Instead of The Secret Garden as promised, I opted to travel back to Westeros with A Storm of Swords. By happy accident, my choice coincided with my marathon re-watching of the series (I just started season 3!). As usual, I’m enjoying comparing/contrasting the book with the adaptation; so far, I have no criticisms only keen enjoyment……

Inferno: Book to Movie

I didn’t really care for Dan Brown’s Inferno, especially compared with his The DaVinci Code (which I love!). The plot was not as thrilling as previous ones have been, despite all the promise of Dante. When I rented the movie version, I was not expecting to be wowed, but wasn’t I expecting it to be a complete…

What I am reading…

I love Amy Schumer. “Trainwreck” is one of my favorite comedies and so when I found out that she based some of the plot on her life – especially her relationship with her father – I immediately wanted to read her memoir. But… I didn’t immediately get a hold of the book, however. Luckily, I have…

What I am reading…

I made the mistake of watching Angels and Demons before reading the book, and it ruined the story for me. It was weird, because I did the same thing for The DaVinci Code but didn’t experience the same disappointment. Hmmm… I’m about half way through Inferno and I have to admit that it’s nice to be back in…

What I am reading…

Ian Graham is no Michael Farquhar or Eleanor Herman, but I am glad I didn’t give up after chapter one. Graham’s style is a bit chronologically impaired and I wish he would in-text site (and use more primary texts), but even so I am learning about women I had previously only recognized by name or era….

Bird by Bird

This is a fabulous book. I cannot truly rave about Anne Lamott as I’ve only read two of her books and follow her on Facebook. What I can say is that if the rest of her work is as brutally honest, fantastically funny, and heart-wrenchingly real, then I don’t know why everyone’s not reading her,…

Fool of a Took

That feeling when you find Tolkien books you’ve never heard of… but hesitate too long and talk yourself out of it. Local friends, I apologize for not revealing the location of this store. I want to be as wise as a Frodo, but am as poor as Sam and must wait until next pay day before…

A Good Author (I’ve never read)

If you know me, then you understand my deep and abiding love for British murder mysteries. I adore Masterpiece Mystery and find myself marathoning series that originally aired on BBC, ITV, or Acorn TV without even thinking about it. So, no one was more surprised than I – an avid reader and huge fan of the…

What I’m Reading…

Lila is the third book in the Gilead trilogy. I’m not that far into it just yet, but I love Marilynne Robinson’s style. I read the first book, Gilead, as a part of my friend’s book club when I visited her in Iowa (admittedly, not Kansas, but so incredibly close!). I fell in love with John…