Books You Should Read: The Caliph’s House by Tahir Shah

Sick of living in London, writer and journalist Tahir Shah and his family uproot themselves and move to Casablanca, Morocco, a coastal city made famous by the 1942 movie of the same name. The Caliph's House chronicles their first year in Casablanca, from uncovering family history to dealing with a house renovation dragging on ridiculously to … Continue reading Books You Should Read: The Caliph’s House by Tahir Shah

Books of the Month, November 2017

With the temperature dropping like a stone, here are a few book recommendations that go well with a cup of cocoa and an afternoon indoors, out of the cold. The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer Confession: I avoid starting book and TV series (serieses?) until they're either finished or about to finish. I can't sit months … Continue reading Books of the Month, November 2017

5 Books I’ve Reread the Most

1. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones I was a huge fan of the Hiyao Miyazaki movie in middle/high school and thought I'd check out the book it was (somewhat loosely) based on, and it's influenced my writing ever since. The reimagined fairytale tropes, the odd bursts of magic, the goofy but headstrong characters, the … Continue reading 5 Books I’ve Reread the Most

Books of the Month, October 2017

What's on your shelf? Here are some recommendations from past and present to expand your personal library. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan This collection of loosely-connected short stories jumps back and forth across time through the lives of a rotating cast of characters. The main characters (if there really are only … Continue reading Books of the Month, October 2017

Books You Should Read: Legend by Marie Lu

Throwback to the early 2010s dystopian craze! Legend sees a wanted criminal facing off against a talented detective in a grungy, futuristic Los Angeles. I've had this book on my Gotta Read Someday list since 2012, and can finally check it off. The Basics: Daniel "Day" Wing is a notorious criminal haunting the streets of dystopian, future Los … Continue reading Books You Should Read: Legend by Marie Lu

Books You Should Read: Peeled by Joan Bauer

Looking for a quick read with a lot of heart? Check out this wonderful novel about a small-town, apple-picking, persistent high school journalist from the author of Rules of the Road and Hope Was Here. The Basics: When rumors of a haunted house and prowling ghost flip a small Hudson Valley town on its head, fearless high … Continue reading Books You Should Read: Peeled by Joan Bauer

Books You Should Read: Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Think the superhero is always the good guy? Read on for a rich, nail-biting, dark urban fantasy from the author of Unbound and This Savage Song. The Basics: An ambitious college thesis experiment goes wrong, leaving a girl dead and former best friends Victor and Eli lifelong enemies. Ten years later, Victor is out of prison and Eli is … Continue reading Books You Should Read: Vicious by V. E. Schwab