Category Archive: From The Shelf

When a book is more than a book


Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks is more than just a book to me. Here’s why. First of all, this is Tom Hanks we’re talking about. When it comes to celebrities, I either love… Continue reading

Time Travelers Never Die – Jack McDevitt


The lives we know are not forever. Live well. Enjoy what time is given you. It is a magnificent gift. I haven’t been wowed by a book in a while, but I could… Continue reading

Dream Casting ‘The Silmarillion’


Amazon is going to develop a Lord of the Rings television series. There are no details yet, but my fervent wish is for it to be an adaptation of ‘The Silmarillion’, the history… Continue reading

The Books of My Childhood


I went through a major reading slump recently (damn you, Northanger Abbey!), but now that I’ve recovered, I got to thinking about my favorite books growing up.  I don’t think there’s ever been… Continue reading

The Jane Austen Project is Dead…For Now


I never thought that Northanger Abbey would be my downfall. I started my Jane Austen project two years ago, to the day! I thought it was a reasonable goal to read all her novels… Continue reading

Today in Self-Care: New Books!


Well, technically they’re new old books, but isn’t this a wonderful haul? I got Alan Jacobs’ The Narnian, a biography of C.S. Lewis; The Complete Illustrated Works of Lewis Carroll; Joseph J. Ellis’ The Founding Brothers; and because I’ve been… Continue reading

Persuasion – Jane Austen


Mansfield Park was a test in perseverance. Emma was an enjoyable read, and revived my faith in Jane Austen. But Persuasion blows them out of the water. It’s the story of the noble Anne Elliott… Continue reading

The Chalet School Books and Why I’m Obsessed with Them


Frühstück. Abendessen. The Speisesaal. Kafee und Kuchen. If you’re familiar with these words, chances are it’s because you’re as obsessed with the ‘Chalet School’ books as I am (or maybe you just know German). The… Continue reading

My 10 Favorite YA/NA Plot Twists


Admin’s note: Our newest contributor Sam closes out the year with her first post. Here she dishes about her 10 favorite plot twists. Happy Holidays from Mister Beebop! Because we all need mind… Continue reading

Emma – Jane Austen


I am so glad I read Emma after Mansfield Park. It restored my faith in Austen and was a refreshing change in many ways. Not only did I love the story, the characters, and the pacing, but I… Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (THERE MAY BE SPOILERS)


I want to talk about this book so bad! I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but I know things might slip, so go on only if you have already read… Continue reading

Mansfield Park – Jane Austen


Oh Lord. I thought this book would be the undoing of my Jane Austen project. It was an absolute chore to get through it. I don’t want to say I hated it. But… Continue reading

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen


After rereading Pride and Prejudice this year, I decided to start my Jane Austen project: I would finally read all of her novels. I was riding the high of my yearly Austen fix, and… Continue reading

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. This is one of the most famous opening lines in… Continue reading

Trinity – Leon Uris


I came across this book quite by accident, having just borrowed it from my niece for want of something new to read. Apparently I am the only one who doesn’t know who Leon… Continue reading

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