achievements, memories and aspirations in hardcover

i want to say we have too many books. but can you ever have too many books?! i often envy Modern Ms. Darcy for having a job that revolves around books. i can’t keep up. in my good pace, i read about a book a month. lately, the pace is terrible. (i know i owe a…

just read: Primates of Park Avenue

so according to my Instagram post, this arrived 5 weeks ago. at that point, i thought i would dive into it and be done in 3 days. not my best showing for getting through a book for sure y’all, but considering this is the first thing in a while that i have actually finished and…

just read: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

jeez, y’all. it seems to be taking me forever to get through a book lately — if i get through it at all. i still blame the months and months i struggled with The Goldfinch for throwing me off. i had been on pretty much a 3-4 week/book clip for over a year when that…

Blogtober14: my favorite book

gorgeous photo: MercerMe gosh, i could never pick just one. hi, i’m an English major, writer and sporadically avid reader. check out my nightstand for a taste of what i read on the regular. promise it isn’t deep or super-literary or much of anything out of the ordinary! when i’m on my game, i go…

on deck: Rich Kids of Instagram

oh yes, i did. that’s right. go ahead. judge me. i couldn’t care less. so my literary tastes are shallow and vapid. so i have a penchant for stories that include gloriously gratuitous excess of money, drugs and sex. i don’t care. i can’t think of anything i’m more excited about right now than snuggling…

whew. one white girl problem solved.

Goldfinch, your days are numbered. specifically, numbered 2. this delicious distraction arrives on Wedensday. i have tried to make this work with you for 5 entire months of my life that i will never get back. ever. i need a break. love you. mean it. Emma   update 23 Aug 2014 so is it too…

in progress: The Goldfinch

if you’ve read my About page, you already know i’m a confessed book club failure. here’s the proof. i started this book for book club in um, February? not only did i not finish it in time for our first meeting in March, i’m not sure i’m even halfway through yet. it’s not that i…

just (not) read: Z

normally, i love these kinds of stories that are a deeper dive into people and events i already know and love. not sure if it’s Fowler’s writing style or the voice she created for Zelda, but i just can not seem to care about any of it. i’ve spent maybe 2 months getting less than…

just read: Indescretion

completely not ideal to finish this on the plane to Vegas and be left with nothing to read poolside the whole weekend. alas, i was so engrossed, i just kind of assumed it would keep going simply because i wanted it to. loved the twists in this love-story-gone-wrong. halfway through, i knew someone would end…

just read: The Chocolate Money

so loved this! a bit of a slow start had me wondering if i would make it through, but the characters are great and you won’t believe the shit the main character endures. since i never do my research before picking any of these books, i was surprised to learn afterward that the author is…

just read: When It Happens to You

okay, so i’m a total 80s nerd and had to read this partly just because it’s Molly Ringwald for god’s sake! but it was actually amazing. a series of stories with intertwined characters, with the central theme of betrayal. really beautifully written and amazing characters with compelling stories from page 1. can’t wait ’til she…

just (not) read: Gold

maybe it was the difference between reading a real book instead of a (fabulously) tawdry scandal that writes itself, but i just could not force my brain to get into this one. i had been so excited after Little Bee, but just did not fall in love with the characters instantly in this one like…