Unreviewed Reads Roundup: September 2014

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Unreviewed Reads Roundup: September 2014

Unreviewed Reads Roundup is a feature that highlights books I didn’t formally review on the blog. These posts contain mini-reviews, often feelings or observations on a particular point of a book, instead of my typical in-depth and detailed reviews. This feature is also (and perhaps primarily) the place where I share my thoughts on DNF books. Asunder by Chloe Aridjis This brief little novel is well-written, but mostly nondescript. It’s about a thirty-something museum guard in London. I think the […]

Book Review: Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall

» 29 September, 2014 » Book Reviews » 4 comments

Book Review: Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall

There is probably only one topic in the entire world that scares the crap out of me, and that’s an insane asylum. It’s horrifying an a fascinating way, of course, so I started Blue Asylum cautiously curious, and altogether found Kathy Hepinstall’s novel to be a deliciously rewarding adventure. Though it takes place during the American Civil War, this book’s remote location on Florida’s Sannibel Island gives it a more exotic sort of atmosphere (and having been to Sannibel, it […]

Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

» 28 September, 2014 » Book Reviews » 8 comments

Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Ten years ago, college roommates Victor and Eli decided to test a theory that near-death experiences turn people into ExtraOrdinaries (aka EOs, aka superheroes). Turns out they were right, but things didn’t go according to plan. Now in the present day, Victor’s just been released from jail, and he’s out for vengeance at any cost. Vicious took me completely by surprise. I’ve read The Archived by the same author (under the name Victoria Schwab), but that honestly didn’t prepare me […]

Leafing Through Lit: The Count of Monte Cristo

» 27 September, 2014 » Leafing Through Lit » 17 comments

Leafing Through Lit: The Count of Monte Cristo

I absolutely love so-called “Classic” literature, and this feature was born of that love. Leafing Through Lit is my way of spotlighting and commenting on old-school lit. This is not a formal review, per se, though it might have similarities in format. However, I won’t attempt to be nearly as objective as usual in this feature, so mostly I’ll talk about my feelings related to books and stories. The purpose with Leafing Through Lit is to expose the community to […]

Book Review: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons #2) by Julia Quinn

» 26 September, 2014 » Book Reviews » 0 comments

Book Review: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons #2) by Julia Quinn

I started reading The Viscount Who Loved Me almost immediately after finishing The Duke and I. Julia Quinn had completely captivated me with the first novel in her Bridgertons series, and I was definitely ready for more. And though I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the first, I still really loved this romance. Our hero in this case is, Lord Anthony Bridgerton, eldest of the Bridgerton siblings. Though in his younger years he developed something of a […]

Commenting on “Classic” Literature

» 25 September, 2014 » Book Talks » 11 comments

Commenting on “Classic” Literature

So, this is a post about “Classic” lit and kind of a catch-all book talk for some thoughts I have related to the topic. So apologies for any haphazard thought processes. 1. Concerning the term “Classic” So I don’t actually like the term “Classic” as applied to books (or films) very much. Firstly, it’s very subjective, and somewhat annoys me. Like, what? Some group of “accredited” readers got together and picked out which smelly old books were good enough to […]