The Girls from Ames

Warning: This book should not be read if you lack childhood friendships. It will break your heart. Jeffrey Zaslow did an amazing job of documenting the friendship of 11 women, from birth to adulthood. The introduction prepped the reader for a critical punch. It discussed how “common” life-long friendships are (debatable, but continuing…) so whenContinue reading “The Girls from Ames”

Gingerbread

Gingerbread, written by Rachel Cohn, is a book I found during middle school. When my friends and I would go to the mall, I would always have to hit up the book store. Gingerbread sat on my bookcase, virtually unread by me, for 5+ years. Coming home from break to a snowstorm yesterday motivated meContinue reading “Gingerbread”

The Imposter’s Daughter

Graphic novels are making a comeback. After Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, debuted in 2000, there’s been a tremendous surge in graphic novels. Now, I wasn’t paying attention to the field in 2000 (yay puberty) but, Persepolis was adapted to film in 2007 and the spike in autobiographical graphic novels was epic. Graphic novels aren’t aboutContinue reading “The Imposter’s Daughter”

Rumspringa

Did you know that the Amish use celery as a wedding decoration? I didn’t know that until I read this, and found that quite interesting (Definitely making me re-think flowers at a wedding). This was a savory bit on non-fiction to sink into over a weekend (I love sub-cultures) and enjoyed it at Avenue overContinue reading “Rumspringa”

The Time Traveler’s Wife

All Summer, as the world was anticipating the release of the movie, every copy was on hold in every library. Thus, all Summer, I recommended The Lovely Bones to everyone who didn’t feel like waiting for this- I’m pretty happy that I made a spot-on recommendation. They read similarly but were interesting in their ownContinue reading “The Time Traveler’s Wife”

Looking for Alaska

First Friend. First Girl. Last words. John Green is the King. Once, when I was working, I overheard a disgruntled parent whine that “the reason boys don’t like to read is, because there’s nothing out there for them to read”. She got that impression because SHE was looking for a book, instead of having herContinue reading “Looking for Alaska”

Crazy Love

  The memoir is about Leslie Morgan Steiner’s abusive relationship and marriage. The subject matter is grim but Steiner’s style is fluid, poetic and completely addictive (Started reading over the summer and went to lengths to find a copy in a PA library). It’s informative into why women stay with men who abuse them andContinue reading “Crazy Love”

Dear John

  A hard life lesson I have learned: Don’t put expectations on things. People, books, movies…anything- it is just better that you don’t. Thus, they don’t meet or miss any expectation, and you are surprised when you approve of it. Unfortunately, I got caught-up in expectations for reading Dear John, because of the film adaptation.Continue reading “Dear John”

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life

This one took half the time it took to read Ghost World, and I enjoyed Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Life exponentially more. The movie version hits theaters in August, with Michael Cera in the title role, and few know that it’s a graphic novel series. How can it not be?! Everything about this story exudes graphicContinue reading “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life”

Ghost World

Let the summer begin! Maybe this was instilled in me from the summer reading program at my childhood library, but no matter the reason, I read with a goal in mind during the summer. I reached 25 books last summer, and this summer’s mission is 40 books. Good pacing for now… Yes, like most movies,Continue reading “Ghost World”