August 7, 2018

I'm honored to be part of the St. Martin's Press Star-Touched Stories Blog Tour, to celebrate Roshani Chokshi's newest addition to the Star-Touched world. If Roshani's name sounds familiar to regular blog visitors, that's because I reviewed her incredible debut, The Star-Touched Queen, two years ago, right here on the blog

Star-Touched Stories, which goes on sale TODAY (Aug. 7) features three fun, fantastical stories set in and around the Star-Touched world, including (from Goodreads):


 

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June 1, 2018

 I feel rather ambivalent about my reading of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Having read, and enjoyed, Ng’s debut novel Everything I Never Told You, and knowing this book has rave reviews on GoodReads, I was excited to start reading. 

In the genteel, placid, carefully-planned suburban neighborhood of Shaker Heights, Ohio, the Richardson family has staked their claim. Lifelong resident, Elena, grew up there, went to college for journalism, married, and returned to Shaker Heights as a loc...

May 29, 2018

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag is a short read that packs a punch. At once dealing with issues of class and feminism, there are many layers hidden between these 119 pages. This sparingly beautiful story gives us a glimpse into the lives of a six-member household in Bangalore, India, as their fortunes in the spice business take them, rather suddenly, from lower middle class, within one generation, to high society. Told from the point-of-view of an unnamed male narrator, we see how quickly and...

January 1, 2018

 Happy 2018, dear readers! As many of you might have done, or may be doing, I am reflecting on my favorite reads of 2017:

Burial Rites
by Hannah Kent*
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara*

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini*

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman*

These were all stories that stuck with me, and kept me reading, despite a move to a new city and home, recovery from an intense surgery, cross-country and global travel, and near-constant university homework. 

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November 27, 2017

“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.”

There are some books that everyone - adults and children alike - should read. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY is one of those books.

I have always had a special place in my soul for stories from World War II. This probably stems from a very early reading of Corrie Ten Boom's The Hiding Place, and then later readings of The Diary of Anne Frank and Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief. I don't take pleasure...

December 13, 2016

Toni Morrison, born Chloe Anthony Wofford, has written over a dozen different fiction novels and over a half-dozen non-fiction novels in her lifetime, most notably: BelovedSong of SolomonThe Bluest Eye, and the book on which this review focuses, Sula. While Morrison focuses on the experience of the African-American community in general, the Nobel Committee noted that her novels “give life to an essential aspect of American reality.” ("The Nobel Prize in Literature 1993", 2014) Morrison herse...

October 27, 2016

It was a plodding journey at times, but I made it through the entirety of Main Street by Sinclair Lewis. While this was a required text for my Nobel Prize Winners in Literature class, I am glad that I read it. A study on small town Americana and small town prejudices, Main Street was both infuriating and insightful; infuriating because of the small-mindedness of some characters, and insightful because it caused me to think about how comfortable we become with the norms of society and the prejudi...

July 3, 2016

 Welcome to #ShelfieSunday, dear reader! Today, you're going to meet a fabulous book lover named Nadira. She has a beautiful Instagram feed (@nadirasworld), where she posts colorful, artistically-structured photos of her favorite books and bookish accessories. Nadira hails from the United Arab Emirates, so her Instagram feed also features  unique cultural reads that you may not have heard of otherwise. I've added quite a few books to my never-ending wish list, thanks to her!

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June 30, 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses, the new series from best-selling author, Sarah J. Maas, takes the familiar tale of Beauty and the Beast to a scarier, sexier, all-stakes-raised level. I have been a fan of Sarah’s writing, world-building, and character development since her debut Throne of Glass series, and while there was one issue in particular that I had with A Court of Thorns and Roses, overall, this new series promises to be just as popular as her first. 

Feyre (Fay-ruh) is an admirable heroine....

June 26, 2016

New to the ShelfishlyAddicted Book Blog, #ShelfieSunday is a fun Sunday morning feature where you will be introduced to a fellow book lover. These posts will feature a brief bio, some Q&A about bookish things, and best of all, pictures of the featured book lover's home library or favorite book shelf.

While I find people in general to be endlessly fascinating, I am not always interested in seeing selfie after selfie on social media. I want to know what makes you click! I want t...

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