Top Ten Characters I’d Want on a Deserted Island with Me


This is a mix of characters I love, characters with skills I’d love to have on the island with me, and characters who have both. I think it’s interesting that most of them are from YA novels. I’m not a creeper wanting to be on an island of teenagers I promise! I just think that it is easier for YA characters to be more idealized. The adult characters from my favorite books seemed so flawed by comparison. I’d love to know what characters you would take with you on a deserted island. Tell me in the comments!  Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Boys from The Boyfriend List, by E. Lockhart

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I have completely fallen in love with the Ruby Oliver books by E. Lockhart. I’ve got the fourth book coming for me at the library this week, and I even read two of them in one night last Wednesday. That’s how good they are. I love love love that even though the characters think about boys all the time, the plot isn’t really a romance. This means there are lots of boys to choose from for marry, date and dump. Let me know your choices in the comments!  Continue reading

Book Review: Prototype, by M.D. Waters

Prototype_NEWBefore I begin, since I am reviewing a sequel there are some spoilers for M.D. Waters’ first book Archetype in this review. If you haven’t already read that book you might want to read my review of it instead.

Binge read publishing. Like Netflix releases entire seasons of House of Cards or Orange is the New Black all at once, Dutton has tried to experiment releasing books in a series closer together. Archetype was published in February and instead of having to wait a year or more for the sequel Prototype is coming out next Thursday! Continue reading

Top Ten Favorite Movie Adaptations of Books


Happy Top Ten Tuesday (the feature that has recently been voted my most popular type of blog post)! This week we’re all supposed to be stepping out of the bookish world by listing our favorite movies or television shows, but I decided to stay in the literary world by listing my favorite movies based on books. Let me know what yours are in the comments! Also don’t judge me too harshly. Remember the word favorite doesn’t always equal the word best (cough cough … I’m looking at you Twilight. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Bastille Day Edition

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Happy Bastille Day! I’ve chosen three characters from French literature for you to marry, date or dump. There is Raoul from The Phantom of the Opera, Marius from Les Miserables, and Edmond Dantes (the count) from The Count of Monte Cristo. I’m excited to see who you choose in the comments!  Continue reading

Book Review: Landline, by Rainbow Rowell

41iHvwDY7GL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I find it fascinating that all of Rainbow Rowell’s novels hinge upon a piece of modern technology. Email is at the center of the appropriately named Attachments. The title characters Eleanor and Park fall in love sharing headphones on a Walkman, listening to mixed tapes. Fan fiction and Internet culture plays a huge role in Fangirl.

And now Rainbow Rowell has done it again. Only this time, in Landline, the technology is outdated. The old rotary phone harkens back to the past, just as the main character Georgie McCool does when she uses it. Continue reading

Take My Blog Changes Survey for the Chance to Win an Amazon Gift Card


Hello readers! It is still amazing to me that I can use the word readers plural and that more people than just my mom visit the blog. All I can say is thank you. Earlier this week through top ten tuesday I was asked to make 10 blogging confessions, it really got me started thinking about what’s working on the blog, what isn’t working, and what changes I might need to make once I go to New York. I love love love everything I do here, but realistically 5 posts a week takes up a lot of time and fitting that in with school/work/moving to a new city seems like I might be setting myself up to get burned out. I also know I’m doing certain things, like posting on Sundays, that aren’t working. Continue reading

Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop 5: The Chicagoland Area

223392357_cf341f206d_zTaking us on our next virtual stop on the blog’s literary road trip is one of my long time favorite bloggers L. Marie. I’m super excited she’s going to be breaking down the different bookish hot spots around Chicago, since one of my best friends lives in the city. Also, I can definitely echo L. Marie’s suggestions to hit up Gino’s East for deep dish and grab some Garrett’s Popcorn. So delicious! Here is L. Marie: 

Hi. I’m L. Marie. My blog is El Space: The Blog of L. Marie. I was born in Chicago, which boasts such illustrious writers as Blue Balliett, Audrey Niffenegger, Sara Paretsky, Lorraine Hansberry, Samuel Park, Carol Brendler, Studs Terkel, Leon Forrest, Luis Alberto Urrea, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many others. Some weren’t born in Chicago, but they made Chicago their home. The Chicagoland area is well-known for books. Check out the Printers Row Lit Festival, which happens in June (so you just missed it!).

There is so much to see and do in this area. But since this post is about books, let’s get to those! Continue reading