This is another one of those posts that’s coming to you later than I meant it to, but means no less to me because of that. I read Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere earlier in the summer, as part of a book club. I really quite enjoyed it, and knew as soon as I started it that I would be posting a recommendation for it.
It just… took me a while to actually write that recommendation. That’s due to no fault of the book, of course. Trust me. This is definitely one you’re going to want to pick up and start reading for yourself.
Let me tell you a little more about it.
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This is going to be a short recommendation, folks. Why? Because I can sum up what I thought of Gail Carriger’s Soulless in just four words: I absolutely loved it.
Alright, I know, you need more than that to convince you to read it. I do have more to share, I promise. And as a historical paranormal romance, Soulless had plenty to offer. Sass, vampires, werewolves, Victorian London, and a unique premise that brings it all together? You can go ahead and check each of those boxes right now.
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With the number of books I have waiting to be read on my shelf, it’s rare that I borrow a book from someone else. Once in a while, though, there’s one that a friend will tell me I need to read, one that they say I’ll love, and they’ll insist that I take it home with me.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear was one such case. A friend of mine told me she was planning on reading it a while back. A couple of months ago, when she finished it, she told me how much she adored it and that she was sure I would feel the same. The next time we planned on seeing each other, she brought the book so that I could borrow it from her.
She wasn’t wrong. I’m incredibly glad she brought the book with her that day, and that she insisted I read it. While I was definitely expecting to enjoy the book, I wasn’t expecting to get quite as much from it as I did.
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I don’t watch a lot of horror movies, but I do watch horror TV shows. Not many of them, but a few. Mostly, though, I satisfy my horror craving by reading books in the genre.
You know what’s particularly satisfying, though? A horror novel written in a way that has me picturing its scenes as though I’m watching a horror movie. It doesn’t happen very often, and I’m always left a little extra impressed when it does.
That’s the type of experience I got when I read Clowders, by Vanessa Morgan. I can’t guarantee you’ll have that exact same experience if you read it, but, if you’re a fan of eerie horror stories, I’m sure you’ll at least enjoy it.
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We all crave something that makes us feel good once in a while. For me, one of the ways of satisfying that craving is finding a light, romantic, will-they-or-won’t-they (you know they will) sort of book.
The Geography of You and Me, by Jennifer E. Smith, had been sitting on my shelf for months. I was saving it, hoping that it would be the perfect choice when I had exactly the type of feel-good craving I just described. That craving hit me hard back in December, and The Geography of You and Me immediately popped into my mind. I didn’t hesitate to pick it up and start reading.
And you know what? It didn’t let me down.
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