A non-static list of my favorite books (and poems, and more) of all time

Read these. Donna Tartt, The Secret History.  Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus. Rich Shapiro, Too Far. Haruki Murakami, 1Q48. Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Cycle Series. Richard Siken, Crush Sean Beaudoin, You Killed Wesley Payne. Rebecca Goldstein, Plato at the Googleplex.  Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire.  Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl.  Carol Lynch Williams, Christmas… Continue reading A non-static list of my favorite books (and poems, and more) of all time

Book Review: My Heart Laid Bare by Joyce Carol Oates

Every time I read a Joyce Carol Oates book, I am filled with the strangest mix of nostalgia, pessimism, dread, and moral superiority. I'm always thrown off for the rest of the day, in a really weird way that I really don't like. I believe it's because her characters are always so wrong—I don't even… Continue reading Book Review: My Heart Laid Bare by Joyce Carol Oates

Book Review: Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje

This book is very short, very strange, and beautifully atmospheric. The back of the novel does a better job summarizing than I ever could: "At the turn of the century, the Storyville district of New Orleans had some 2,000 prostitutes, 70 professional gamblers, and 30 piano players. It only had one man who played the… Continue reading Book Review: Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje

Book Review: The Gay Place by Billy Lee Brammer

Mr. Brammer was on the staff of President Lyndon Johnson and using all his political knowledge from his past job, he is able to capture the absolute insanity of political life that we all know about but cannot really see—and in Texas, no less. The book contains three interlocking novels, each related to each other… Continue reading Book Review: The Gay Place by Billy Lee Brammer

October gardening, part one (2019)

Yesterday, October 7th, was the first day of cool fall weather at a gorgeous seventy-five degrees, so I thought I would celebrate with a little gardening post! It's much more fun to blog when I can write in front of an open window with cool air coming through. So far, I haven't planted a lot.… Continue reading October gardening, part one (2019)

Diary: New Books+Crafts and a New Bedside Table

  A few days ago, I went to the thrift shop in Ingram with my mother and found some things that I wanted to buy. I'm still not allowing myself to buy new clothes for a year, so I didn't get anything in that department. However, I was lucky enough to find some novels and… Continue reading Diary: New Books+Crafts and a New Bedside Table

Book Review: Anxious to Talk About It by Carolyn B. Helsel

Yesterday, we dropped my sister off at Camp! She attends Mo-Ranch Summer Camp, which is a Presbyterian summer camp that have a gift shop and bookstore inside! We aren't Presbyterian- we're Episcopalian- but I enjoy reading books from every denomination, as long as they aren't very Evangelical. While I was waiting for my sister to… Continue reading Book Review: Anxious to Talk About It by Carolyn B. Helsel

Jan WK 1: Popular Hits of the Showa Era by Ryu Murakami Review

  My New Years Resolution, along with exercising/dieting, was to read at least one book a week! I finished Popular Hits of the Showa Era on the 6th and while it didn’t scare me the same way that In the Miso Soup scared me, I was definitely horrified in some parts. This book is on… Continue reading Jan WK 1: Popular Hits of the Showa Era by Ryu Murakami Review

Book Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

This is going to be the shortest book review because I read this book LAST YEAR and I am just now posting this: I read The Secret History by Donna Tartt in December 2016 and was so impressed that it literally changed the literature that I now read. I found the book when I was trying to… Continue reading Book Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

THIS IS SO GOOD!! 1Q84 is one of the most interesting books I have ever read with some of the most interesting characters I have ever read. The plot is wonderfully thought up and constructed, with the perfect amount of different mysteries happening at the same time to keep every chapter a mix of questions… Continue reading Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami