Book Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

» 22 September, 2014 » Book Reviews » 4 comments

Book Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

My past experience with Kate Karyus Quinn told me to expect the strange, and that’s exactly what I got. (Don’t You) Forget About Me is a weird YA paranormal/mystery/horror book that has readers asking questions all the way up until “The End”—and it does so very well. Readers who enjoy the weird and different should look into Quinn’s novels, especially this one. The story takes place in Gardnerville, a magical town where nobody gets sick and everyone has a long […]

Fiction Forecast (09/21/14)

» 21 September, 2014 » Fiction Forecast » 7 comments

Fiction Forecast (09/21/14)

A lot of times, my blog can feel a bit out of date, since I schedule posts 2-6 weeks in advance about 90% of the time. I don’t want Respiring Thoughts to always be an overview of my past, but a communication of my present and a glimpse into my future. So, Fiction Forecast was born. This is a semi-regular feature where I share what’s currently on my “up-next” Goodreads shelf, and some brief thoughts related to those titles. This is a […]

Book Review: The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1) by Julia Quinn

» 19 September, 2014 » Book Reviews » 4 comments

Book Review: The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1) by Julia Quinn

Not being a reader who habitually enjoyed massively hyped books, I’ve always been cautiously curious about Julia Quinn’s books. Surely, they were too good to be true? But apparently, I was wrong. This opening novel of the 8-installment Bridgerton series was ridiculously good. Quinn has nailed both spectacular romance and stomachache-inducing humor, and it’s a winning combination. Before one even gets to the romance, the first aspect of The Duke and I to enjoy is the Bridgertons themselves. I love, […]

The happy fact of matching standalones

» 18 September, 2014 » Book Talks » 25 comments

The happy fact of matching standalones

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make me happy. And one of those little things is when an author’s standalone books have matching covers. Matching series covers are great also, naturally. I just love it when I line an author’s books up on my shelf and they ALL MATCH. It just makes my bookish heart so happy. So, so happy. Amy Reed’s books:   Jennifer Brown’s books:     Sarah Dessen’s redesigned covers:     Matching standalones are perfection. It’s […]

Book Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

» 17 September, 2014 » Book Reviews » 12 comments

Book Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

By and large, I’ve had great success with magical realism. These are books that bend the rules and invite curious readers to wield their imaginations—the books that leave a lingering taste of beauty behind. I began reading The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender expecting to enjoy myself, but maybe in this case, my expectation was off. At best, I was vaguely pleased with this; at worst, completely ambivalent. The truth, however, lies somewhere in between. I think what […]

Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I Need to Read More From

» 16 September, 2014 » Top 10 Tuesdays » 15 comments

Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I Need to Read More From

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week features a different “top 10″ topic, which you make a list for. My list isn’t in any order. 10 Authors I’d Love to Revisit Louise Erdrich, author of The Round House — I read The Round House and was absolutely blown away by Erdrich’s skill and talent. I absolutely must get more from her! Anita Amirrezvani, author of Equal of the Sun — Amirrezvani’s sophomore novel is one of my favorite historical […]