I was actually mesmerized by the storytelling of The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld. If anything has ever come close to the anti-fairytale, this book is it. Enchanted golden horses that rush the stone dust of an ancient prison where gallows once stood, footing still visible, still naked in the soil. Small men with hammers that… More The Most Spellbinding Anti-Fairytale
I like to think that books (like relationships) come to people at specific times. And sometimes when you pick up a book you’re just not ready for it. Sometimes it’s the perfect pairing of life drama and book plot. Most of the time though, the ones that truly move us, push us forward with reading… More It’s NATIONAL BOOK LOVER’S DAY
I thought maybe if I shared my complete August TBR, I’d actually get around to reading each one. I am going to push myself to reach my Goodreads goal (even though I believe less and less in the Goodreads reading challenge each year – that is for a whole other blog though). Really, can a… More August TBR
My (new) biggest advice for girls who are starting to date is to date someone who likes to weekend the same way you do. When you get a big girl job, or you’re life-expected to work a full week and come home to lethargy and reality television, it’s best to date someone who wants to weekend.… More Weekending
I have a lot of thoughts about Ta-Nehisi Coates new book Between the World and Me, a pseudo-memoir written to his son about being young and black in America, and they’re not quite organized in my head, but with a little help from Otis Redding swooners and a homemade cup of coffee sans sugar, I… More We Must Give Everyone a Name and Not a Body of Fears.
I recently just moved back to my hometown, which to be honest has been a bit of a culture shock. The traffic, the racial breakdown, and the amount of just pure food has been pretty overwhelming after living three years in a small town where I regularly drove for miles through corn fields in the summer and… More Technicolor Wonder
“Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” I just finished crying, so I might have different feelings about this in five days, a month, three years from now, but right now, I just finished Go Set a Watchman and instead of being a ruiner,… More “That is the way I was raised, by a black woman and a white man.” – Jean Louise Finch
I’m a newbie to Rebecca Makkai. And sometimes I just like a good title. I may think the cover is too abstract (who am I kidding, is this even a real thing?) or too geometric, and unless it’s a Penguin, too plain. Sometimes I don’t like a cover because it capitalizes on the female author… More In This Collection, War is a Verb
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” George Washington Carver In some ways, we all share the same history. Histories are… More I don’t know how to talk about Charleston, so I come to this discussion with a list of books, and an open-heart.
Some little girls want to be veterinarians, some want to ride their bikes down the highest neighborhood slope faster than the boys, some imagine themselves as princesses in far off castles that they’ve only seen in pop-out books, most often, I wanted to be a mermaid. And I still do. And sometimes I even believe… More I Volunteer as Dampling.