book review

Sep 3, 2014

You Don't Have to Be Jewish to Love "The Jewish Daughter Diaries" A Little Too Much

If you've ever been the not-so-proud recipient of a guilt trip worthy of its own movie (far superior to that hot mess starring Streisand), this is a must-read.

Aug 8, 2012

'Where We Belong' by Emily Giffin + an Interview! [CC Exclusive]

When I was offered the chance to not only read Emily Giffin's new novel 'Where We Belong' before everyone else AND interview her, I couldn't resist.

Sep 10, 2011

Saturday Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander is the story of Claire Beauchamp Randall, a military nurse who is vacationing with her husband in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. Claire sets out on her own one day and finds herself transported back in time to 1743. I know, it sounds strange, but stay with me!

Saturday Read: The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

Sometimes, I just need a chick-lit read. I've been trying to get into a whole stack of "serious" books and it's just not happening. As summer comes to a close, I want to enjoy every second instead of working my brain into a novel I'm not really feeling. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud has been sitting on my shelf on a while and, even though it's sappy and predictable, I really enjoyed it!

Aug 27, 2011

Saturday Read: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Steve Earle

Happy Saturday everyone! My pick this week was chosen solely because of the wild praise it received on Amazon. Even though I'm a former book snob, I've learned that a book with plenty of good reviews is unlikely to let me down. The book lovers of the world came through for me again and helped me land a winner with "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" by Steve Earle.

Aug 13, 2011

Saturday Read: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

I picked this up because of the beautiful cover. I'll admit, despite the fact that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, I usually do. The picture is stunning and doesn't get any less stunning the more I look at it on my nightstand. But besides the cover, the book it holds is equally stunning!

Jul 30, 2011

Jul 16, 2011

Saturday Read: The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry

Steve Berry is a master of mystery and has written tones of novels in the genre. The Jefferson Key is the latest of his most popular series, featuring agent Cotton Malone. Just a note: as in most mystery series, you really don't have to read any of the previous books to enjoy or follow The Jefferson Key. Remember how everyone read The Da Vinci Code and then Angels and Demons, even though A&D took place before The Da Vinci Code? Same thing going on here.

Jul 2, 2011

Saturday Read: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

If you were between the ages of 11 and 16 around 2001, I'll bet you've read the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It's become somewhat of a YA classic and is revered by many of my friends as their favorite book. Now, Ann Brashares has come out with the final chapter in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants saga- Sisterhood Everlasting- which features the four friends 10 years later.

Jun 18, 2011

Saturday Read: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray + Interview!

I was totally honored to interview Libba Bray this week about her new book, Beauty Queens. Check out the hilarious interview and review.

May 7, 2011

Saturday Read: Your Voice in My Head And an Interview With Author Emma Forrest

Emma Forrest's "Your Voice in My Head" was just released on Tuesday. This book is a memoir and, as Emma perfectly put it, a duet. Emma has struggled with mental illness since her teens, but isn't diagnosed until she winds up on Dr. R's doorstep after a failed suicide attempt. She credits Dr. R with her recovery, but when he suddenly passes away from cancer, she realizes how little she knows about this man who saved her life.

Apr 23, 2011

Saturday Read: The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman

My initial reason for wanting to read The Imperfectionists was the cover. A simple stack of newspapers set against a neutral backdrop with a gorgeous, swirly, twirly font! Something about it called out to me. On the inside cover, I discovered that the novel was about a small newspaper based in Rome and I was sold. With my summer travel dreams slowly fading away, I hoped that the novel could, at least, transport me to beautiful, historic Rome for a short time.

Apr 9, 2011

Sweet Valley Confidential – Ten Years Later, It's Still Corny As Ever

I’m not too embarrassed to admit that I was an absolute Sweet Valley FANATIC growing up. I’m not even above admitting that I read (and re-read) the books well into my high school and college years. While my classmates were devouring legit literature, I, the budding writer, was absolutely engrossed in the lives of two irritatingly perfect California blondes.

Mar 26, 2011

Saturday Read: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver popped onto the YA author scene last year out of the blue. Her debut novel, Before I Fall (which may or may not get reviewed as a Saturday Read someday), was a smash hit and she quickly started work on her second novel, Delirium. Before I Fall was typical YA fiction, but Delirium is a dystopian novel, set ahead in the future when one of our most treasured possessions is forbidden: love.

Mar 12, 2011

Saturday Read: The 100 Best Poems of All Time

I love poetry. Sometimes it is just so soothing to curl up under the covers with a cup of hot tea (or even better, hot cocoa!) and your favorite poems. Poetry is such a different form of expression than literature. A poet manages to get so much across in a much shorter prose and makes you read between the lines. Sure, that sounds like work, but there really is little more satisfying than extracting so much meaning from a little paragraph.

Feb 26, 2011

Saturday Read: Elixir by Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff wrote a book. Yes, not only does she sing, act, design clothe,s and generally rule the world, she has also decided to write books. That is a business-savvy girl if I’ve ever seen one. Total marketing genius. I was a bit hesitant when I picked this one up – even if her book was garbage, it would still get published and be a hot-seller, just based on her name.