Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Format: Hardcover, 342 pages
ISBN-13: 9781-101-90422-0
Publisher: Crown
Release Date: July 26th, 2016


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Disclaimer: I checked Dark Matter by Blake Crouch from my local library because it was a regional title the bookstore I work at was promoting. This review reflects my unbiased opinion and as a result I am not able to promise a wholly positive review. My apologies in advance.

I decided to do something different with this review. Because I have so many thoughts about Dark Matter running around in my head. I decided to rein them in by answering a few of the Reader’s Guide questions. You can find all of them HERE. Continue reading

Review: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Title: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Author: Dai Sijie
Format: Paperback, 184 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-385-72220-9
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: First published 2000


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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie has been on my TBR list for about a year and I was fortunate to find a copy at my local library’s used book sale.

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Review: Frazzled by Booki Vivat

Title: Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom
Author: Booki Vivat
Format: Paperback, 219 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0062398796
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: September 2016


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Disclaimer: I received this ARC for free in return for providing my honest and unbiased review.

I actually received this last year and forgot I had it – life happened. I found it the other day and decided to read it as an interim break from William Faulkner’s A Fable. It’s a super quick read. I read it Continue reading

Review & The Friday 56 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s byTruman Capote

Title: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Author: Truman Capote
Format: Paperback, 87 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0679745655
Publisher: Vintage International
Release Date: First published 1958


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This year I’m participating in several reading challenges, and this week’s Book Beginnings and Friday 56 is part of my Mount TBR Challenge. This year I’m making a conscious effort to tackle some of the books in my ever-growing TBR pile piles.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote has been on my TBR list for some time now, so it only makes sense to include it in the Mount TBR Reading Challenge I’m participating in this year.

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Blogging 201 – My Blogging Goals

I signed up for WordPress’ Blogging 201. I keep saying that I’m going to whip this blog into shape and by golly, I’m going to do it. I’ve done a lot of revamping and overall I’m pretty happy with the way it’s turning out.

Here are my three most immediate goals

Stick to my blogging schedule. I have a blogging schedule, which is quite doable; but I just haven’t been consistent with it. So, for next year my number one goal is to become a more consistent blogger.

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Wednesday’s Lyrics
  • The Friday 56
  • The 2nd and 4th Saturday post a review

Promote and get 5 to 10 participants for Wednesday’s Lyrics by December 31st. I started Wednesday’s Lyrics because I thought it was a good idea. Actually, I still do and again consistency is my issue nor have I promoted it.

Write Reviews that don’t sound so academic-like. As a former Literature major and English teacher, I always find myself struggling with writing review that sounds like I’m writing a reach paper versus a review that will encourage someone to read it.

So these are my three immediate goals.