Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything
After years of wandering from whim to whim, thirty-year-old Charlotte Wheelwright seems to have at last found her niche. The free spirit enjoys running an organic gardening business on the island of Nantucket, thanks in large part to her spry grandmother Nona, who donated a portion of land on the family’s seaside compound to get
OMG YOU GUYS. You know how I always complain that it takes me SOOOOO long to listen to an audiobook? WHERE HAS TYLER OAKLEY BEEN ALL MY LIFE? I’m not even kidding, I finished it in 3 days. THREE DAYS. MOST AUDIOBOOKS TAKE ME THREE MONTHS. Warning…this review MIGHT be in all caps. I might
Raise your hand if you remember the computer game SNAKE. That shit was my JAM back in elementary school, right along with DOT printers and ancient word processors. My dad used computers for his farming, and then launched a successful ISP–so we were some of the first to have internet among our peers growing
Remember how this summer I was all keyed up and I was going to take a bunch of Coursera classes and get really really really smart? Yeaaaaaaaah….that didn’t happen. I took one really interesting psychology course, and then started a historical fiction course that was so boring and unorganized I stopped listening after two or
When I approach a new book, I often know very little about it. Many have been on my TBR for years–recommendations from acquaintances long forgotten–“Oh, you should read this!” Any one who finds out how much I read has a book for me, so it goes on The List. Bestsellers often end up on there, popular
For months I’ve been seeing this beautiful blue starry cover across Tumblr, and a gazillion Booklrs raving about (what I thought) was a pair of philosophers falling in love. I rarely read Goodreads reviews before adding a book to my TBR–I tend to just jump in to the story, preferring to discover along the way.
I keep seeing this post floating around on Tumblr about how Charlotte Bronte fell in love with Jane Fairfax from Emma, and so she wrote a fanfiction about her as a governess. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but that post was enough to get me to read both Emma and Jane Eyre somewhat back to back!
Some books have been on my TBR for so long I can’t remember when or why they got added. When I finally get around to reading them, I almost feel obligated, even if I am not interested in them anymore. Chelsea Handler was one of those. Slapstick humor…not so much my thing anymore. But, who
The last audiobook I reviewed was about an autistic child and his imaginary friend. At the end of the book, Max was starting to grow up–so it was only fitting that I read another book about a person on the autism spectrum–this time a young man with a unique form of Asperger’s. Marcelo feels the