The Kiss Quotient // Helen Hoang

A romance novel with depth and decent writing?  Welcome to 2019!  Though I never read romance, I’m currently in a rom-com kick, and The Kiss Quotient grew too buzzed for me to ignore.  As an #OwnVoices story, author Helen Hoang writes herself into Stella Lane, our heroine, a thirty-year-old mathematician whose Asperger’s makes it difficult […]

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The Proposal // Jasmine Guillory

You know that feeling when you watch a bunch of “serious” films in a row, ones with heavy themes and dramatic conflicts, and you just want to watch a light, silly rom-com to cleanse your palate?  The Proposal is that palate-cleanser in book form.  I’ve been reading a lot of no-joke fiction lately, books like […]

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Romantic Comedies on My TBR

Romantic comedies and swoon-worthy contemporary romance is all the rage right now!  Like the follower that I am, I can’t resist a good trend, especially in the summertime when I crave those easy, breezy, read-in-a-day type books.  The five books I’ve listed here have come highly recommended by readers like me who almost never read […]

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The Nickel Boys // Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead’s work–from his debut The Institutionist to his Pulitzer- and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad (2016)–seems to evoke a number of descriptors: powerful, for one, moving and emotional, for another.  The Nickel Boys meets this same criteria and beyond.  Though it was my first experience with Whitehead, The Nickel Boys will certainly not […]

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On My Nightstand: July 2019

June brought the return to work, a nasty summer cold, and, with it, a depressing reading slump.  Instead of spending my days sprawled outside on the hammock, book in hand, I lounged on the couch with a hefty stash of tissues and ginger ale, re-watching Gilmore Girls at an alarmingly quick pace.  Now that my […]

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The Girls // Emma Cline

Emma Cline’s debut novel The Girls was the “it” book of summer 2016, and, yes, it did take me three years to finally pick it up.  Moody and dramatic, very much like the first season of True Detective, it follows fourteen year-old Evie Boyd’s coming-of-age as she is drawn into a dangerous, Manson-esque cult.  Told […]

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