Book Review: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

“A Story of Justice and Redemption.” I don’t think Mr. Stevenson could have said it better. Just Mercy details the harsh beginnings of the Equal Justice Initiative, the premiere nonprofit organization providing post-conviction relief to many — women, children, men; those condemned to serve their lifetimes, to face execution — throughout the country. As a […]

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 […]

Staff Picks: Fall 2014 Releases

It’s time for another (long overdue) Staff Picks post, and this one is all about the recent releases. Fall 2014 has been a spectacular season for new books — several big celebrity memoirs, some fantastic nonfiction, and some of the biggest fiction of the year. Here are a few of my favorite fall 2014 releases. […]

The Best of 2014, J-Mart Style

Alex kicked things off for our end-of-the-year roundup, and now it’s my turn to share a few of my favorite things of 2014. These are the things that rocked my world, wound up on repeat, and made a mark this year. BOOKS The Martian by Andy Weir: I LOVED this book. I didn’t expect to love it […]

The Best of 2014: Introductory Thoughts filled with AP Rambles.

Most of our themed blog posts start with a text. Just imagine the little speech bubbles and those agonizing populated dots, ticking away as the other person types. And here, AC (Ali) pops up with her adorable picture saved in my phone and says, “Let’s do a roundup of our favorite things for 2014, literary […]