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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 4

In an attempt to get my book blogging life back up and running more regularly, I decided to add a weekly meme or two to my schedule. I like the idea of this meme because it focuses on what you’re reading and I can make that as quick as a bulleted list or embellish as […]

Wishes by Jude Deveraux

THIS BOOK WAS COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS. (I was promised ridiculous and then I got it.) The premise is this: Berni, a New York socialite, dies of a heart attack, and ends up in Purgatory. She hasn’t led a bad life compared to some, but she doesn’t have enough credit to make it to heaven without performing some good deeds. Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview with Brendan Jones

Brendan Jones talks about his debut novel, The Alaskan Laundry, living in Alaska, his time as a Wallace Stegner Fellow, and living and loving what you write.

Review: Jenny Diski’s ‘In Gratitude,’ an Uphill Life on and Off Cancer Road

The essayist and novelist, who died last week at 68, has written a different kind of cancer memoir, and an almost entirely platitude-free one.

Little Sugarcoating in Cao Wenxuan’s Children’s Books

The chaotic years of the Cultural Revolution in China form the backdrop for many of his stories.

Felt Time

“As phenomenological philosophy has determined, self-consciousness is not a mental state that is added on to our experience, or that is particular; rather, it is a feature inherent in all experience. My perception contains me.” SendShow More Summary

Chernobyl’s Literary Legacy

When Belarusian investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize earlier this year, her horrifying and poetic book Voices From Chernobyl exposed a great many readers to the Chernobyl disaster. Now, this piece from The...Show More Summary

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts has been one of my go-to authors since I was a junior in high school, which is a lot longer ago than I care to admit. I’ve built boats with the Quinns, cast spells with the Three Sisters, searched for the three keys, and battled vampires with the circle. Show More Summary

Beauty In Things Exists

Recommended Reading: On Scottish philosopher David Hume and cultivating an effective philosophy which “understands the world in which it operates.” The post Beauty In Things Exists appeared first on The Millions.

If You Can Dream

In today’s installment of “The Unpopular Opinion,” Malcolm Jones for The Daily Beast thinks that it’s high time that we let Rudyard Kipling out of the penalty box. Jones argues that, while Kipling may have written a lot of “jingoistic...Show More Summary

If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries

I disliked this book. Let me revise that: I liked the heroine but found the hero, the story and the writing objectionable. The story starts with our hero – let’s call him Douche Canoe – cut off from funds by his asshole older brother and about to leave society to become a Bow Street runner. Show More Summary

The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Anne Enright

Anne Enright, author of, most recently, the novel The Green Road, talks with Elizabeth Isadora Gold about motherhood in reality and in fiction, and writing beyond labels and easy definitions.

Human Complications

“Complacencies of the peignoir, and late / Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair, / And the green freedom of a cockatoo / Upon a rug mingle to dissipate / The holy hush of ancient sacrifice. / She dreams a little, and she feels the dark...Show More Summary

The very checkered history of the men’s suit

Christopher Breward grabs a thread from the suit’s seams The post The very checkered history of the men’s suit appeared first on

The ‘indecently curious’ Carol Shields

New reflections from the beloved author on men, women, and why she wrote The post The ‘indecently curious’ Carol Shields appeared first on

Lightning Reviews: A Comic, an Adventure, and Paris

This week’s Lightning Reviews is lighter than normal on romance. Instead, we have a short romance comic with some very sweet art, contemporary fiction with an adventurous and curious old gentleman, and women’s fiction with a woman who runs a postcard shop in Paris!

May’s New Releases

This month, your wallets get a tiny bit of a reprieve, since this list of upcoming releases isn’t as long as previous months. However, a ton of books come out toward the end of May, so budget accordingly! Also, a lot of us are reading backlist titles to whittle down our TBR piles.

O Health Coach! My Health Coach!

“To you, clerk, literary man, sedentary person, man of fortune, idler, the same advice. Up!” Walt Whitman, health nut and paleo dieter–resist carbs, obey red meat! The post O Health Coach! My Health Coach! appeared first on The Millions.

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