Book Review: First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

» 5 March, 2015 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

Some sequels are just unnecessary. First Frost is one of those. Taking place 10 years after Sarah Addison Allen’s extremely well-received debut, Garden Spells (a novel that remains her most popular), this book catches readers up with the lives of the Waverley family. It’s not a bad idea, and there’s certainly the fanbase to support this novel, but I unfortunately found that this book hinged far too much upon the success of the author’s previous novel, rather than venturing out […]

Book Review: Rooms by Lauren Oliver

» 4 March, 2015 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: Rooms by Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver’s first adult novel, Rooms is subtle and unassuming. Six points of view rotate to give the reader a view of a house’s (and family’s) history. The author’s prose is certainly lovely, and the idea itself appeals to me—but at the end of it all, I was never drawn in or immersed in the text like I would have liked to be, especially in so character-driven a novel. It’s possible that the constantly shifting, brief glimpses into each narrator’s […]

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’ve discovered because of blogging

» 3 March, 2015 » Top 10 Tuesdays » 6 comments

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’ve discovered because of blogging

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. Books I’ve Discovered Since Blogging Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples — I talked about this last week but yeah. Saga is my first-official comic and it was very excellent. Very much a gateway type book Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick — Ah. My heart. IT HURTS. This is […]

The Hugs & Kisses Reading Project: Conclusion

» 2 March, 2015 » Miscellaneous » 0 comments

The Hugs & Kisses Reading Project: Conclusion

So, in February I decided to get back into romance novels after taking a 6-month hiatus from them and declared The Hugs & Kisses Project into existence. I made a little list of 7 romances I wanted to read and review here on Respiring Thoughts, and now I’m back reporting my progress/results. Firstly, I wanted to read some “classic” historical romance by Georgette Heyer. She’s kind of a big deal and all, and most every contemporary historomance author lists her […]

February 2015 Wrap-up

» 1 March, 2015 » Wrap-ups » 0 comments

February 2015 Wrap-up

February was, well…not as spectacular as January. But that’s okay. January was sort of an anomaly, anyway. This past month I had mostly middling reads and was hectically busy in my non-bookish life. And, as is usual when that happens, I turned to romance novels to keep me upbeat. I did a romancey-themed Hugs & Kisses Project in that spirit, which turned out pretty well. I’ve also found a newfound love for comics and nonfiction, and I think 2015 is basically […]

Using Goodreads shelves to stay organized

» 28 February, 2015 » Book Talks » 7 comments

Using Goodreads shelves to stay organized

Making Goodreads’ shelving system work for you Goodreads, in spite of recent flare-ups and some general flaws, is still the go-to bookish social media site. I’ve been on it since 2010, and though I sometimes get really frustrated, I always wind up coming back, because it has more features than any other similar site I’ve found. Though I’ve started using Crini’s wonderful spreadsheets this year, prior to that the only way I kept myself organized was through Goodreads. Over the years I’ve […]