Thursday, September 19, 2013

Villette ~ Charlotte Bronte

According to my Goodreads account, I finished Villette on July 7.... aaand I never reviewed it until now.  Can you say oops?  Suffice it to say that this review won't be terribly detailed but at least I'm not rambling on like I sometimes do.  Which is fine, because I was kind of meh about it.  But it does mark the tenth book I've finished for my Classics Club list, so that's pretty awesome!

Monday, September 16, 2013

This is Paradise ~ Kristiana Kahakauwila

I'm never really sure how to go about reviewing short story collections.  Do I just talk about the collection in general or do I talk about each individual story?  Do I just mention the ones I really liked and how much detail do I give?  It's so hard!  I'd love some insight into how other people deal with this.

This Is Paradise (which I keep calling This Side of Paradise, and I didn't even realize my mistake until I did a Google image search for the cover of the book) is the first print book (as opposed to audiobook) that I've finished since I started my new job so woot for that!  It only took me... five weeks?  Eek!  I would never have heard of this book if it wasn't for Emily's enthusiastic review a couple of months back, but when I got a Barnes and Noble gift card for my birthday last week, I knew I had to snatch it up!  And I'm so glad I did.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Life Update

To preface this post, I'd like to point out that I started writing it on on August 16.  That was nearly a month ago and therefore excellent evidence of how terrible a blogger (and reader) I have become.  I hope you will forgive me, dear readers, for I have an excellent excuse.
JUST LIKE THE POSTCARD.  Except bigger.  And darker.
If you read my blog regularly, you probably know that in May I finished grad school and moved from New Jersey to Austin, Texas.  I haven't said much else about what's going on in my life, partially because for a while there wasn't much to say and partially because the blog actually represented my days pretty well.  I was spending several hours a day reading and thinking about writing (though actually writing very little), and at least a couple more hours a day browsing through, LinkedIn, and writing more cover letters than I care to remember.  It was boring, depressing, and non-blog-worthy.  But things have changed!  I have a job!