Top 10 Tuesday – Characters I Didn’t Click With

This week’s Tuesday Top 10, courtesy of Lauren and Julia at The Broke and the Bookish  provide ample opportunities to vent. All those times a character made you abandon a book you otherwise enjoyed; all those everyone-loves-me fictional people, who bored you to death; all those heroines you wanted to squeeze the last breath out of in a painful,…

Summer Book Review: The Martian

I expected (and hoped) to be impressed by Andy Weir’s insanely popular sci-fi The Martian and I am happy to report that it BLEW. MY. MIND. I am mind-patting myself on the shoulder right now for choosing this for the beach – it’s compulsively readable, intense and often witty hilarious (the only type of hilarious I register). The…

How To Fit In Non-Reader Crowds and LOVE IT

Do you sometimes find yourself blabbering about a book you read to your closest friends, only to face blank stares and seemingly patient nodding? Then someone would casually mention it was time to change the topic… Yeah, this happens to me, when I drop the guard and spill all that bookish excitement I know I should…

Book Review: The Swan Thieves

I read The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova a while ago and thought it was time for an improved version of my initial review. I like my books neatly stacked on the shelf and my book reviews – in one place. So I am stacking here. I have tried a couple of times to read Kostova’s other novel, The Historian, but…

Tuesday Top 10 – Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

I’ve been planning to do a Top 10 Tuesday post for ages – I love lists and more than lists I love bookish lists (more than bookish lists I think I love shopping lists I have the cash to cover, but this is really a useless observation, since those lists tend to get longer and the cash – to…

The Polygamous Reader – A Survival Guide (+ handout)

Do you read one book from start to finish and only start the next one when you have, in all honesty, marked it as ‘Read’ on Goodreads? No, I didn’t think so. Polygamous reading is easy to slide into, sometimes just a package delivery away. Imagine this – you are enjoying a delicious macchiato with your Currently-Reading belle…

Memorable Writing: Drums of Autumn (Part 1)

When I picked up Outlander, I expected an enjoyable romance, where I had the legit right to imagine hunk Sam Heughan as protagonist. I did not expect a writing lesson or public bursts of laughter that made me look like a crazy person; but I got both. And thank God! (or rather – thank you, Diana Gabaldon!)…

Book Review: Cleopatra’s Moon

…or why I hated it. In all honesty – I never finished it, it’s on the back burner, the first victim of my new philosophy (Life is too short and the reading list too long to waste time on bad books). Not that it is entirely a bad book. My problem comes from the fact…

Book Review: Lady of The Eternal City

If someone takes a look at the book reviews I care to write they will think I only read Kate Quinn and Diana Gabaldon, which I swear is not true, although I do read all they have authored that I can get my hands on. So, it would be an understatement to say I was…

Top 6 Book Boyfriends to Make You Swoon

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s only natural that we gals are getting in the mood to be swept off our feet. And while upon that occasion all attention and credit should be to the bf/hubby, in the days before it a bookish girl is only expected to spare a minute or two acknowledging the literary men who set the…