Book Review: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

This month, my book club is discussing The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, which tells the story of Ernest Hemingway’s marriage with Hadley Richardson. I didn’t know much about Hemingway’s personal life before reading this book, much less about Hadley – which I know is probably a major crime for an English major, but IContinue reading “Book Review: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain”

Nightstand: November 2011

So it’s mere days before Thanksgiving, which is exciting in it’s own right, but it also means that it’s time for me to fill you in on my¬†nightstand!¬†Haven’t done this before? The fabulous ladies at 5 Minutes for Books ask us each month which books we are reading, read recently or plan to read soonContinue reading “Nightstand: November 2011”

American Idol’s Gone Country

This week the folks at Idol got back to MY roots with country week. I’m sure a lot of people across the globe (my husband included) groaned a little when they saw this. I groaned a little bit less. Country music is not my favorite genre but I think I can fairly well judge itContinue reading “American Idol’s Gone Country”

Book Review: God’s Debris

Grade: B+ Scott Adams is probably best known for his hugely popular comic strip, Dilbert, but he’s also written a couple of books that you could categorize as philosophical fiction, or as he likes to call it, a thought experiment. My husband (who is a fan of both Dilbert and Adams’s books) has been encouragingContinue reading “Book Review: God’s Debris”

Book Review: Wicked: Witch & Curse

Grade: B+ It’s tough having the same title as a literary phenomenon turned Broadway musical. How do you compete and set a name for yourself? Well if you’re smart you get a really standout cover and make the book as huge as possible (even if you have to combine two books in one). Nancy HolderContinue reading “Book Review: Wicked: Witch & Curse”

Children’s Classics: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

I wasn’t sure what I was going to blog about for this month’s Children’s Classics carnival @ 5 Minutes For Books. But as I finished reading The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe last night it occurred to me that it was both a children’s book and a classic – it was simply a slightlyContinue reading “Children’s Classics: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe”

Review: Home by Julie Andrews (A Memoir)

Grade: A + I haven’t read many memoirs but every time I do, I typically think, “Memoirs are wonderful – I should read more of them.” But being non-fiction, somehow memoirs are harder for me to get through, even when I’m enjoying them – a good novel I can typically plow through in less thanContinue reading “Review: Home by Julie Andrews (A Memoir)”

Review: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Which Chronicles of Narnia Character are you? Susan Pevensie You are Susan. Very practical and no-nonsense, though you can become less so with persuasion. Incredibly smart, you like to boast your smarts sometimes and others get annoyed. Inside though, you are just a carefree girl who wants so much to get away from the responsibilitiesContinue reading “Review: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis”