TBR Pile Challenge: The Thin Man

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett Loved this so much. Nick and Nora Charles are a fantastic duo. The Thin Man is at once a murder mystery and a comedy of manners set in 1930s New York. It is just a classic detective story. There’s plenty of drinking, speakeasies, and murder. Nick Charles is a […]

TBR Pile Challenge: Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion Joan Didion is my spirit animal. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: she is an incredible writer. One of my favorite lines of all time, from any book, is the first line of The White Album: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” I absolutely […]

2015 TBR Pile Challenge

So last year’s TBR Challenge did not go so well. Oops. But I’m bound and determined to try again this year, and I think I may actually accomplish my goal this time. See, one of my other goals for the year is to read almost exclusively from my own bookshelves. I’ve allowed myself a little leeway […]

Filling in Reading Gaps

I read A LOT, across many genres and types of books. But while I’ve always been a big reader, I realized recently that I don’t feel like I’m actually very well-read. That is, there are so many books and authors that I feel like I “should” have read—books that serve as cultural signposts—that I’ve just missed […]

It’s Tournament of Books Time!

It’s my very favorite time of year . . . Time for the Morning News Tournament of Books! The Tournament of Books (aka the ToB) is basically the literary version of March Madness, hosted every spring by The Morning News. This year is the tenth (!) anniversary of ToB, and it’s going to be fun. A […]

The Classics Revisited – 2014 New Year’s Book Resolution

One of my favorite things about my best friends is that they motivate me. They push me to be smarter, stronger, and kinder than I previously thought possible. Every year Jess tackles a new year’s book resolution, and every year I think, “Wow, that’s really an accomplishment, I should do something like that.” This year […]

2014 TBR Pile Challenge

So here’s the thing: I read. A LOT. And somehow my bookshelves still look like this: (That’s not all of my collection — half still lives at my parents’ house, plus I had to cut out a few shelves and another floor pile that didn’t fit in the picture. And yep, the piles on the […]