Lizzy Gardner Takes on Spiderman [Booky McBookNerd]

It’s official! I love the Kindle App on my phone. I thought that I was a voracious reader before, but now I have millions of books literally at my fingertips. Also, contributing to my frequent book orgies, is the fact that many of the titles are reasonably priced (I can justify any...

THE MAN FROM PRIMROSE LANE by James Renner: Book Review [The Ryan Dixo...

The Man From Primrose Lane is pretty fucking great. Is it okay if I just end my review right here? After all, in an ideal world, one sentence of profuse praise for James Renner’s debut novel would be enough to convince you to go to Amazon right now and hit “purchase.” But that’s not how it...

WATERGATE by Thomas Mallon: Book Review [The Ryan Dixon Line]

In Watergate, Thomas Mallon’s exceedingly entertaining, panoramic re-telling of the eponymous presidential scandal now forty years old, Richard Nixon’s downfall is framed as the inevitable, near-farcical conclusion of one of our most tragic national epics: the 1960’s. As the novel opens in...

EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD TRAIN WRECK by Eric G. Wilson: Book Review [The ...

Before the internet allowed us to watch footage of people being murdered for free, any aspiring video-age Percival had to search high and low for quality snuff. There was no relic so highly prized as the Grail of gross, Faces of Death. Often shelved in the back rooms of those pre-Blockbuster...

Mr g by Alan Lightman: Book Review [The Ryan Dixon Line]

Let’s just jump to the question you really want to ask: Does Alan Lightman’s new novel, Mr g: A Novel About the Creation, live up to the enormous accomplishment of his first one, Einstein’s Dreams? Comprised of chapters devoted to the dreams young Albert Einstein had while working on his...

THE MAP AND THE TERRITORY by Michel Houellebecq: Book Review [The Ryan...

“Literary critics have labeled Michel Houellebecq’s novels ‘vulgar,’ ‘pamphlet literature’ and ‘pornography;’ he has been accused of obscenity, racism, misogyny and islamophobia.” Why couldn’t I have read that book? Considering that one of his...

THE WINTERS IN BLOOM by Lisa Tucker and BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett: Boo...

Alrighty, we’re down to my last group book report for BOOK WEEK 2, and we’re ending it with two ensemble pieces. My second book was an ensemble, so I was kind of shying away from these for a while. But my third book, which I’m currently working on, only has two main points...

Isn’t It Romantic(a)? Books 33, 34, 35, and 36 of 2011 [BOOK WEE...

So you guys know I likes to mix it up, and I’m try to throw out a few hottie mm-bottie book reports from time to time. Well here are four romantica (romantica = explicit sex and language with a traditional HEA) novels guaranteed to steam up your e-reader. THE SWEET SPOT by Kimberly Kaye...

READY PLAYER ONE and THE MAGICIAN KING: Books 31 & 32 of 2011 [BO...

2011 wasn’t just a good year for books, it was an AMAZING year, just an embarrassment of riches as far as reading is concerned. And unless something else ridiculously wonderful comes along, I’m fairly sure that I’ve nailed down my top three books of the year. One of them is...

I’m Looking Out for a (Blind) Hero: Books 28, 29, and 30 of 2011...

I know, I know: “What the eff, Ernessa? Why no book reports since the summer?” All I can say is that things got just ridiculously busy, but I do fully intend to get my full 52 reports in by the end of the year. I’ve actually been reading tons to the point that I’m...

THE PRAGUE CEMETERY by Umberto Eco: Book Review [The Ryan Dixon Line]

Able to leap multidisciplinary subjects in a single bound, Umberto Eco is the college professor you always wanted to have.  His first novel, 1980’s international bestseller The Name of the Rose placed such seemingly inaccessible topics as semiotics and biblical hermeneutics inside the...

THE STRANGER’S CHILD by Alan Hollinghurst: Book Review [The Ryan Dixon...

To start, let’s compare Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel The Stranger’s Child to the Boston Red Sox. In 2004, Hollinghurst won the Man Booker Prize (Britain’s highest literary award) for his previous novel, The Line of Beauty. That same year the Boston Red Sox won their first world series in 86...

LIFE ITSELF by Roger Ebert: Book Review [The Ryan Dixon Line]

Every hero hears the call to adventure. So, too, then must a critic — perhaps the most passive of all protagonists — discover the stylistic and aesthetic tools needed to tell perfect strangers how to think about a work of art. In Roger Ebert’s new memoir Life Itself, the...

GREAT HOUSE by Nicole Krauss [Book 27 of 2011]

You’ve probably heard from other writers that they don’t negatively review other writers’ work as a matter of policy. Many writers believe that to do so is in bad taste. Some writers say that giving another writer a bad review is mean-spirited and self-serving. Some writers...

SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones: Book 26 of 2011 [Dear Thursday]

I had planned to read SILVER SPARROW first thing on my vacation, but somehow other books got in the way, and I didn’t start reading it until the last day of my vacation. Big mistake. I got sucked into such an intense book thrall, that I ended up having to take the first day after I came...

ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel H. Wilson: Book 25 of 2011 [Dear Thursday]

If you haven’t heard of ROBOPOCALYPSE by now, then I you’re not a true nerd. This novel has earned mentions from just about every nerd blog, because of it’s high-concept premise (a robot uprising) — as told by a former robotics grad student from my own grad alma mater,...

THE FRUGALISTA FILES by Natalie P. McNeal: Book 24 of 2011 [BOOK WEEK]

Coming upon this book was a bit weird for me. Usually, non-fiction books have to work really hard to make it onto my TBR list, but just when I committed to my self-proclaimed YEAR OF THE BUDGET, so many book bloggers started talking about this THE FRUGALISTA FILES by Natalie P. McNeal. Here...

THE PEACH KEEPER by Sarah Addison Allen: Book 23 of 2011 [BOOK WEEK]

If you’ve been keeping up with my book reports, you already know what a big Sarah Addison Allen fan I am. I read and loved her debut, GARDEN SPELLS, and have read and loved every book she’s written since. So here are my thoughts on her latest, THE PEACH KEEPER. What’s It...

THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Heidi Durrow: Book 22 of 2011 [BOOK ...

Oh, I am so embarrassed about reporting on this book so late. I actually downloaded it to my then-Kindle when it first came out in January 2010. Then I got an iPad and somehow it didn’t transfer over or maybe I didn’t do it right. I don’t know, but weirdly enough, I...

THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTERS by Randy Susan Meyers: Book 21 of 2011 ...

I was very lucky to be introduced into a fantastic writer’s co-operative by a writer friend. Many books by these fellow authors are on my super long TBR list, including THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTERS by Randy Susan Meyers. But then I made the mistake of reading the first eleven pages of...

GOOD EGGS by Phoebe Potts: Book 20 of 2011 [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

When my editors’s former assistant, Maya Ziv, sent me this graphic memoir, I thought it was because the author was a fellow Smithie. But as it turns out we have way more in common than our undergrad college. I’m so glad she passed this along, and only wish that I had read it...

FEED by M.T. Anderson: Book 19 of 2011 [Wow! It's Wednesday]

Well, let’s see here, it’s the 23rd week of the year, and this is only my 19th book report. What’s sad is that I’ve been reading like a big dog all year and have a lot of books in my already-read pile, I’ve just been not-so-great at reporting back on the books...

A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan: Book 18 of 2011 [Wow! It...

For a while it felt like A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD was stalking me. My writing exchange partner, Gudrun Cram-Drach, kept on referencing it in different emails and comments before just flat out saying I should read it. Then I had brunch with Ryan Dixon, and he mentioned that someone who we...

THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE by Julie Buxbaum: Book 17 of 2011 [Dear Thursday]

As it turns out Julie Bauxbum and I decided to read each other’s books for the same reason: basically she has a daughter around the same age as mine, for whom she’s curating a first books collection. As someone who is also deep in the process of curating her own daughter’s...

HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD by Haruki Murakami [Bo...

So the nerd blogosphere has been buzzing about Haruki Murakami’s upcoming trilogy 1Q84 pretty relentlessly. The first print run of the first volume sold out on it’s first day of release in Japan. The critics love it. The fans love it. I want to read it so bad I could spit. But,...

James Joyce’s Ulysses: Cocktail Party Edition [The Ryan Dixon Line]

A Reader’s Guide to Not Reading Ulysses. It can happen to anyone. You’re at a birthday party, Bar Mitzvah, or PTA meeting. The day has gone well, the weather outside is perfect, you’re happy to be alive. But then the rabbi, soccer mom super hero or neighbor’s boarding school brat references...

WONDROUS STRANGE by Lesley Livingston: Book 14 of 2011 [Dear Thursday]

When I first started listening to audiobooks years ago, I was broke and owed the Los Angeles County library a lot of money which meant that I couldn’t check books of any kind out for free. So I resorted to buying audiobooks on eBay. My only requirement was that they be cheap. Like $5...

ONE DAY by David Nicholls: Book 12 of 2011 [Dear Thursday]

Wait a minute, is this by first book by a dude this year? I do believe it is. What’s strange though is that only other women have recommended it to me. And let’s talk about recommendations. Seemingly every other time I told someone that I was working on a book with a one day of...

Dear Thursday: SINK REFLECTIONS by Marla Cilley [Book 8 of 2011]

Dearest, I know, I know that I’ve yet to do a graphic novel this year. I think that must be some kind of record, and the sad thing is that I have two really cool ones waiting in the TBR wings: BAYOU Vol. 2 by Jeremy Love and GOOD EGGS by (fellow Smithie) Phoebe Potts. I’m going to...

Dear Thursday: MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins [Book 7 of 2011]

Sadly, this is going to be a purty short review, since I don’t want to give away any spoilers. But if you’ve already read the book, meet me in the comments section. We’ll talk more about MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins there. Standing in the series: This is Book 3 of the...

Dear Thursday: CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips [Book ...

Though I mostly read women’s & literary fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and graphic novels, I like to return to my first love, romance novels for occasional reminders about what makes for a good book — not in critics eyes, but in reader’s. Literary novels often have so many...

Dear Thursday: SIMA’S UNDERGARMENTS FOR WOMEN by Ilana Stanger-R...

Since I moved to a walking neighborhood, I haven’t reviewed a car book (a book I listen to in the car) in forever. The last one was back in the fall of 2010. But thanks to a series of IVF appointments, I recently managed to get through an entire car book. So here are my thoughts on...

Dear Thursday: CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins [Book 4 of 2011]

Since we’re allowing sequels in this year’s 52 books in 52 weeks challenge, I realized that a shortened version of my usual format might be in order to avoid spoilers. So without further ado, let’s test the alt format on CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins. Let me know in the...

Dear Thursday: BURN by Crystal Hubbard [Book 3 of 2011]

One of the things I promised myself when deciding to do my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge again this year, was that you guys would have to put up with more same authors, sequels and more straight-forward romance. I didn’t read either last year, and there’s just no way I could do...

Dear Thursday: APARTMENT THERAPY by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan [Book 2 of...

I’ve never been one for interior design. I tend not to decorate, and though I appreciate well-designed things, I rarely feel compelled to you know, design them. Curious then, that this week’s book is a popular interior design book/manual called APARTMENT THERAPY: the eight-step...

Dear Thursday: THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins [Book 1 of 2011]

I’ve been meaning to read THE HUNGER GAMES for a while now. Not only is Ms. Collins a fellow screenwriter-turned-novelist, but also everybody’s talking about this series, including our own Amy Brown and Gudrun Cram-Drach. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on a little...

Dear Thursday: GLORIOUS by Bernice McFadden [Book 47 of 2010]

Five more books to go after this one. Sadly this will be my last piece of women’s or African-American fiction for the year, but man, are we ending with a winner. Here are my thoughts on GLORIOUS by Bernice McFadden. Why I Decided To Read It: The better question is why didn’t I...

Wow, It’s Wednesday: DICEBOX by Jenn Manley Lee [Book 46 of 2010...

Hmm, so when’s the last time I reviewed something for you that you could score absolutely free and in an instant?. Sadly, it’s been a while. I think the last time was back in June, when I told you to read webcomic-turned-printed-book, BAYOU, quick like a bunny. Well, just in time...

Dear Thursday: THE ONE THAT I WANT by Allison Winn Scotch [Book 45 of ...

So getting back to fiction novels, here are my thoughts on THE ONE THAT I WANT by Allison Winn Scotch Why I Decided To Read It: This novel had quite a bit of internet buzz, and I love internet buzz, so… What It’s About: This could have easily been subtitled The Inner-Life of a...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! AYA by Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oub...

I’m going to have to double-up if I want to meet my 52 books by the end of the year goal. So look for at least two of these book reports a week until the end of the year. Yay! First up this week, the graphic novel AYA by Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie. Why I Decided To Read...

FIERCE ANTICIPATION: December 3-5 [BOOK WEEK 2!]

Fierce Anticipation’s 1st Annual Macabre, Morbid, Miserly, and somewhat Murderous Christmas Reading List of 22 Books Selected at Random by Me, Ryan Dixon Need a gift for that not-so-special someone? Read on to discover the perfectly inappropraite book for every Christmas occasion after the...

Hello Friday: 10 DAYS TO MORE CONFIDENT PUBLIC SPEAKING by Lenny Lasko...

So I thought I’d end BOOK WEEK 2 with the book that —  let’s face it — has probably helped me more than any other in my book promotion journey. It’s a plain little volume and doesn’t take long to read. So here are my thoughts on 10 DAYS TO MORE CONFIDENT...

Dear Thursday: COME TO WIN by Venus Williams and Kelly E. Carter [Book...

Wow, only 10 more books to go before I meet my goal. And today’s book is a whole lot of awesomeness. I finished it yesterday, and I’m still a little sad about it. Here are my thoughts on COME TO WIN by Venus Williams and Kelly E. Carter . Why I Decided to Read It: Well, long story...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! FIND YOUR FOCUS ZONE by Lucy Jo Palladino

What’s that you say? I haven’t done a self-help book in a while? Well, let’s see what we have in the old hopper. Oh, here’s one! Without further ado, my thoughts on FIND YOUR FOCUS ZONE by Lucy Jo Palladino Why I Decided To Read It: After losing a few hours that I...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: SPECIAL DELIVERY by Heidi Cullinan [Book 40 of 2010]...

Well, as you might have noticed if you follow Fierce and Nerdy in real time, today’s post is hours late. Long story, but I basically had a writing deadline and woke up this morning to discover I had used all the time I had left on my travel internet — yes, I have travel internet...

Philosophical Monday: THREE JUNES by Julia Glass [Book 39 of 2010]

Welcome to BOOK WEEK 2 everyone! Here’s the dealy: I have 13 more books to read and review for you by December 31 — totally doable; I assure you. So every day this week, I’ll be bringing you my thoughts on a different book. And all of our other posts will be book-centric,...

Dear Thursday: THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS by N.K. Jemisin [Book 38 ...

So a little bit of housekeeping before I get into this week’s book review.  Alas, no DEAR THURSDAY next week due to Thanksgiving. Also, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I have more book reports due than weeks left in the year, so it looks like we’re going to have to do another BOOK WEEK, so that I...

Dear Thursday: EX MACHINA by Brian K. Vaughn [Book 37 of 2010]

So I was thinking the other day that it’s been a while since I reviewed a graphic novel. And then when I heard the news that one of my favorite graphic novel series of all time, Y: THE LAST MAN, might get converted into a television series, that reminded me that I still hadn’t...

Dear Thursday: THE MARRIAGE BUREAU FOR RICH PEOPLE by Farahad Zama [Bo...

There’s only one thing I like more than a good book and that’s  a good book set outside of my own culture. Do you, too, love discovering countries that you haven’t been to yet through fiction? Then you’ll definitely want to read my thoughts on THE MARRIAGE BUREAU FOR...

Dear Thursday: GETTING TO HAPPY by Terry McMillan [Book 35 of 2010]

So I finished reading this book while on my Fall tour back in October, but I wanted to save my thoughts until the week of the Circle of Sisters Book Club, because I know we’re all excited about meeting up THIS SATURDAY in NYC for a special reading and talk with Attica Locke, Dolen...

Dear Thursday: FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen [Book 34 of 2010]

Have you heard of this book FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen? Sadly, it hasn’t gotten very much coverage, but I decided to do the author a favor and talk about it on this blog anyway. It’s just so sad when good books don’t get the attention they deserve. Why I Decided to Read It:...

Dear Thursday: WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okorafor [Book 33 of 2010]

Wow, I haven’t filed a report on a sci-fi/fantasy novel in a while now, and what a wonderful way to come back to the genre. This week I’m talking about the much ballyhooed African sci-fi/fantasy novel, WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okorafor. Why I Decided To Read It: About three weeks...

Dear Thursday: ELK’S RUN by Joshua Hale Fialkov [Book 32 of 2010...

It occurs to me that I haven’t done a graphic novel in awhile, so here are my thoughts on ELK’S RUN by Joshua Hale Fialkov. Why I Decided To Read It: During my first and so far, only San Diego Comic-Con, I met Fialkov (who had just launched this series) through friend of FaN, Clark Perry. The...

Dear Thursday: THE PURPLE COW by Seth Godin [Book 31 of 2010]

It’s been a while since I reviewed a non-fiction book, but I’m making them more of a priority in my reading pile. I’ve had so many people tell me that they only read non-fiction, that I’ve vowed not to become one of those people who only read fiction, which I pretty...

Dear Thursday: THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE by Aimee Bender [B...

So this is my second book review of the year inspired by a suggested book from our Fierce and Nerdy book blogger, Amy Brown. The first book, THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman turned out to be my favorite book of the year so far. But what did I think of THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE by...

Dear Thursday: GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok [Book 29 of 2010]

So if you saw me IRL in August, you already know that I was just obsessed with GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok. What a great way to end the summer. Why I Decided To Read It: Last spring it seemed like everybody was talking about this book, and it felt like I kept running into mentions of it...

Dear Thursday: SUBSTITUTE ME by Lori L. Tharps [Book 28 of 2010]

Oh, I’ve been a reading fool over the last few weeks, and therefore have a backlog of books to talk about over the next few weeks, starting off with SUBSTITUTE ME by fellow Smithie, Lori L. Tharps. Why I Decided To Read It: Ya’ll know how I like to represent for my clique, so it...

Dear Thursday: THE GIRL WHO CHASED THE MOON by Sarah Addison Allen [Bo...

So yeah, remember how I got all sentimental during BOOK WEEK back in June and vowed to keep on reading a book a week for the rest of the year? Yeah, well so far that’s not going so hot. But I’m committed to reading a book a week from this week forward, and we’ll be hosting...

Dear Thursday: A SPOT OF BOTHER by Mark Haddon [Book 26 of 2010]

So my book-a-week challenge was supposed to be done at 25 books, but a funny thing happened on the way to finishing it. I discovered that I didn’t want it to end. I’ve truly enjoyed being back in the reading habit, and I really can’t think of any reason not to keep it going....

Philosophical Monday: 32 CANDLES by Ernessa T. Carter [Book 25 of 2010...

Oh noes, we’re down to the last book of my promise to read a book a week before my own book 32 CANDLES comes out (tomorrow). It’s been such a delight, and I’ve already decided to keep the Dear Thursday review as an occasional blogumn for the rest of the year. There are quite...

Sensational Saturday: BAYOU (vol. 1) by Jeremy Love [Book 24 of 2010]

Aa most of you know, I don’t usually  blog on the weekends, unless someone has died — BTW, RIP Jose Saragamo. You can read my review of his novel, BLINDNESS here. I’m making an exception to my usual blogging rules, b/c I’m bound and determined to catch up on this...

Three Line Lunch: So the Wind Won’t Blow it All Away [BOOK WEEK]

a yearlong diary in three-line poems by Jeff Rogers, day 298 So the Wind Won’t Blow it All Away by Richard Brautigan Had to read the book very slowly. Every line so beautiful and sad, So known and understood, that over and over and over again It broke my fuckin’...

Dear Thursday: BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK by Helena Andrews [Book 22 of 20...

Remember how I promised you that I would eventually review a non-marketing piece of non-fiction, because I wasn’t completely self-absorbed and could in fact read non-fiction that didn’t either 1) directly benefit me or 2) teach me how to do stuff. You probably didn’t believe...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: FASCINATE by Sally Hogshead [Book 21 of 2010]

Well, I haven’t done a non-fiction book in a while. And sorry guys, this is yet another marketing book. But I promise to talk about some non-marketing non-fiction before this challenge over. That all apologized, let’s open up FASCINATE by Sally Hogshead. Why I Decided To Read It:...

Philosophical Monday: THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE by Gerard...

I’m so excited to kick off BOOK WEEK with the very first book I read on my iPad (best Mothers Day Gift ever), the graphic novel; THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE by Gerard Way (yes, written by that Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance fame) and Gabriel Ba (art). Why I Decided To Read...

Dear Thursday: SECRETS OF HAPPINESS by Sarah Dunn [Book 19 of 2010]

Okay, apparently I’m 6 books behind my goal of a book-a-week until my own comes out. But I’m determined to catch up before June 22. Thus, I’m declaring next week BOOK WEEK here at Fierce and Nerdy. Not only will I catch up on my reading challenge, but we’ll all be...

Dear Thursday: GIRLS OF RIYADH by Rajaa Alsanea [Book 17 of 2010]

Guys, I have so many books in my hop right now: graphic novels, non-fiction, memoir, young adult, sci-fi, women’s fiction — all sorts of stuff. It’s been such a pleasure to read so much lately, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on them. But til then let’s...

Dear Thursday: FLASHFORWARD by Robert Sawyer [Book 16 of 2010]

On Wednesday morning I noticed that this week was basically morphing into TV week here at Fierce and Nerdy, so I decided to keep that going by making FLASHFORWARD, the novel on which the recently-canceled ABC series was based, the first novel that I read on my iPad (in iBooks). Why I Decided...

Dear Thursday: FROM CAPE TOWN WITH LOVE [Book 15 of 2010]

Okay, I know that I haven’t been great about keeping up with my book-a-week pledge, but I’ve reset and am totally fixing to catch up before 32 CANDLES  comes out. That all excused, here are my thoughts on FROM CAPE TOWN WITH LOVE by Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, and (fellow...

Dear Thursday: The Jane Austen Book Club [Book 13 of 2010]

Now two books behind on my reading goal, but this might be a good thing as I can do a whole week of book reviews if I keep it up. Go Team! Anyway, let’s get back into the swing of things with a book I’ve been meaning to read for over five years. Ah well, better late than never....

Dear Thursday: THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: RECORDED ATTACKS by Max Broo...

Long post title, but the book is fairly short since it’s a graphic novel. So w/o further ado, here are my thoughts on THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: RECORDED ATTACKS by Max Brooks. Why I Decided To Read It: See this is why I plan to personally walk down to my local library and ask for...

Dear Thursday: THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE SKY by Marian Keyes [Book 11 ...

Toward the beginning of the year, my favorite chicklit author, Marian Keyes, posted this message on her site: My dear amigos, happy new year to you all and I hope your festive season was not too unpleasant. I’m very sorry but this is going to be a very short piece because I am laid low with...

Dear Thursday: LONG WAY DOWN by Nick Hornby [Book 10 of 2010]

Funnily enough, this is only the the second book of the year by an author I’ve already read before. Go figure. Why I Decided To Read It: I used to be a HUGE Nick Hornby fan … before grad school and his many movie deals. And somehow I didn’t realize that I was no longer...

Dear Thursday: MINION by L.A. Banks [Book 9 for 2010]

Yes, yes, I know it’s Week 10 of 2010, but I promise to catch up by next week. Wait for it! Why I Decided To Read It: As an early Buffy the Vampire Slayer adopter, Banks basically had me at a “black vampire slayer.” What’s It About: Damali, a 20-year-old LA spoken word...

Dear Thursday: A GOOD YEAR by Peter Mayle [Book 8 of 2010]

Wow, two whole months of reading or listening to books every week. Glorious! Of all the indulgences I could have allowed myself this year, I can’t think of one better than this. That all said, her are my thoughts on A GOOD YEAR by Peter Mayle. Why I Decided To Read It: I make it a...

Dear Thursday: GET KNOWN BEFORE THE BOOK DEAL [Book 6 of 2010]

I’ve been reviewing mostly fiction up to now, but as I mentioned last week, I’ve become very interested in fully learning the art of promotion before 32 CANDLES hits bookshelves. And sense I’m a page-to-life learner, I’ve been reading a lot of books on the subject....

Dear Thursday: LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY by Tiffany Baker [Book ...

Alright, don’t drop dead of shock, but I actually finished listening to this last book on time. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY by Tiffany Baker Why I Decided To Read It: This book got great reviews and I just happened to read one of...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: WENCH by Dolen Perkins-Valdez [Book 4 of 2010]

Oh guys, wifein’, motherin’, and visitin’-ailing-GIL-in-the-recovery-center-up-in-Santa-Maria ain’t easy, so last week’s book is once again late, but I promise to do better this week. Meanwhile, here are my thoughts on WENCH by Dolen Perkins-Valdez Why I Decided...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: FLATLAND by Edwin A. Abbot [Book 3 of 2010]

My book for last week got read a few days late. Please forgive. But here are my thoughts on FLATLAND by Edwin A. Abbot. Why I Decided To Read It: A couple of weeks ago, this book was mentioned in passing on my favorite sitcom, Big Bang Theory, and I said, “What’s Flatland?”...

Dear Thursday: Jose Saramago’s BLINDNESS [Book 2 of 2010]

Just to refresh your memories, I’ve decided to read a book week until my own book, 32 CANDLES, comes out on June 22, 2010. So here goes this week’s review of Jose Saramago’s BLINDNESS. Why I Decided To Read It: The movie trailer made me think, “Now that’s a book...

Dear Thursday: Erica Kennedy’s FEMINISTA

So in the interest of procrastinating living well, I have decided to try reading or listening to a book a week and then reporting on it here. Hopefully this will inspire you guys to also read a few books while you’re waiting for 32 CANDLES to come out. Oh, and I’ve broken this...