Book Adventures

Exploring the Friends of the Library Book Sale

One of my favorite events in Ithaca, New York, is the Friends of the Library Book Sale. This event takes place over three weekends every fall and spring. Members of the local community and beyond line the block for a turn to wander through the shelves of used books, records, DVDs, and more.   The book… Continue reading Exploring the Friends of the Library Book Sale

5 Star Reads, Book Reviews, Mystery / Thrillers, Romance Novels

Review: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca is a masterclass in riveting imagery, suspenseful scenes, and fascinatingly unreliable characters. I wasn't sure what to expect when reading Rebecca. This novel was a required read for one of my English Literature courses this semester, and I'd admittedly never heard of it before. I had no idea what awaited in these pages, and even if I did, I'm not sure that it would've prepared me for the experience of reading this text. I'm happy to add another book to my list of five star reads.

Book Reviews, Mystery / Thrillers

Review: Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

College student Matt Pine is informed that nearly his entire family died from a gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. While the death was ruled accidental by Mexican officials, not everybody in the FBI is so sure of this. And to make make matters worse, the bodies of Matt's family will not be released unless Matt himself makes a trip to Mexico to retrieve his late family.

Book Reviews, Romance Novels

Review: If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Laurie's life is turned upside down when her long term boyfriend ends their relationship. Laurie knows this is going to be hot gossip in her office, considering the pair was a staple 'workplace couple' at their firm. Matters are only made worse when Laure learns that her ex got another woman pregnant. Looking to save face, Laurie strikes up a deal with the resident office player and bad boy. Jamie needs to be in a stable relationship to show the partners of the firm that he's mature enough for a big promotion.

#BookTok, 5 Star Reads, Book Reviews, Romance Novels

Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

January Andrews is a romance writer who has always believed in love. But after the death of her father, everything changes when she is given the key to his secret beach house that he shared with another woman during his marriage. A grieving January heads to this "lovenest"for the summer with hopes of using the time to pen her next novel and clear out the house.

Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Hidden up in the mountains of Vermont is Ellingham Academy, an elite private school for unique minds, including artists, inventors, and writers. Founded by 1920s millionaire Albert Ellingham, the school was designed to make learning a game, and it only accepts 50 students each year on free tuition to attend.

Book Adventures, Book Lists

Top 10 Books I Read in London

From January to May 2022, I spent my semester living in London and traveling around Europe. This meant lots of reading time on planes, trains, buses, and the London Underground. Of course I picked up some great books along the way! Here’s ten of my favorite reads from this semester. In London and looking for… Continue reading Top 10 Books I Read in London

Book Lists, Book Reviews, Young Adult

Four Sequels That Are Better Than the First Book (And Four That Are Not)

Whether it's upped stakes, the introduction of a new character, or a plot twist, the second book can really make or break a series. Here's four sequels that, in my opinion, turned out better than their predecessor, and four that did not live up to expectations. If you've got a sequel that you love or… Continue reading Four Sequels That Are Better Than the First Book (And Four That Are Not)

#BookTok, 5 Star Reads, Book Reviews

Review: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & the Six tells the story of 1970s rock band The Six and their breakup after their wildly popular album Aurora. The Six was on the rise, led by singer Billy Dunne, when the band crossed paths with Daisy Jones. Daisy came of age in LA, going out on the Sunset Strip and surrounded by a world of sex and drugs. But rock 'n' roll was where Daisy's heart and talents lived. When given the opportunity to collaborate with The Six for a song, Daisy seized the chance.