Author: Heather

Review: Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

Review: Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

Review: Six young adults meet at Oxford University in their freshman year and become friends–one American and six Brits. Chad and Jolyon decide to start a game and invite the other four to play. The stakes are relatively large: each participant in the game must make a deposit of 1000 pounds at the beginning of the game (and being college freshmen, they don’t really have any money to spare). On top of that, the friends have found a group called […]

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Happy World Book Night Day!

Happy World Book Night Day!

Today’s the day! It’s World Book Night! Today and this evening I will be giving away twenty copies of one of my all-time favorite books to people in my area. This is my first year as a giver, and I’m both excited and nervous about it. This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff Hopefully the first two copies I give away will be to our server and the restaurant manager where Eric and I go for our weekly breakfast dates. After that […]

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Review: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Review: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Review: Wrecked. That is how A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing left me feeling: just wrecked. The synopsis from the publisher’s website is spot on. I attempted to start this book late one night just before I went to bed, but it was obvious from the first page that my mind was in no shape to do so. I was initially afraid that I wasn’t going to like it at all, that I wasn’t going to read past the first […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Let’s Talk About Sex

April is Sex Month at Insatiable Booksluts, and today I’m there talking about why I don’t (or more appropriately, can’t) read erotica or romance novels… “Yeah, I’m Not Gonna Read That” Join me, won’t you? It should be a…rousing…conversation. Heh.

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The Desmond Elliott Prize longlist has been announced!

The Desmond Elliott Prize longlist has been announced!

Last night at midnight in the UK, the longlist for the 2014 Desmond Elliott Prize was announced. What is the Desmond Elliott Prize, you might ask? Here’s a quick description from the prize’s website: The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott. When choosing the winner, a panel of three judges […]

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Review: Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley

Review: Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley

But I had a vision in that moment of the three of us together in that room, remote as if seen from a very far off place–like the vision of Mac’s whaling ships. And I thought that the substantial outward things that happened to people were more mysterious really than all the invisible turmoil of the inner life, which we set such store by. The highest test was not in what you chose, but in how you lived out what […]

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Review: Ripper by Isabel Allende

Review: Ripper by Isabel Allende

When I was offered Ripper by TLC Book Tours, I was really looking forward to reading it. Isabel Allende is well-known in the world of literary fiction and I’d heard lots of good things about her books. She had never written a mystery novel before, but Ripper sounded really cool: it takes place in San Francisco; Amanda is seventeen years old; her mother is an holistic healer; her grandfather is her best friend; her father is the deputy chief of […]

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Review: The Free by Willy Vlautin

Review: The Free by Willy Vlautin

Review: Leroy is a young war veteran who hasn’t had a coherent thought and hasn’t been able to speak since receiving severe brain trauma while fighting in Iraq. He has been residing in a group home for eight years, existing but definitely not living. When he wakes up one night and realizes that he can actually think again, he finds this more unbearable than the alternative. Leroy retreats from the real world (again), using his love of science fiction and […]

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January Reads, February Plans

January Reads, February Plans

I don’t have a whole lot to say about January. It’s the hardest month of winter for me–it’s dark, it’s cold, it’s long–and all I really want to do is read and sleep (which is pretty much what I do the entire month). I still vote for hibernation. Who do I need to speak to about that? I got lots of reading done between naps, though… Books finished: 24 YTD: 24 Flowers in the Attic, V.C. Andrews Love Water Memory, […]

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2013 Year in Review, and a Look Ahead to 2014

2013 Year in Review, and a Look Ahead to 2014

It’s a new year, which means taking a look back at my reading stats for 2013 and looking ahead at plans for 2014. I’m going to be as brief as possible because I really want to just sit down and read, which I haven’t had a chance to do a whole lot of lately. So instead of typing out all my stats for 2013, I took some screen shots of the app I use to keep track of my reading: […]

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