Top Five Wednesday; Bookish Happiness

It's Wednesday and perhaps time for another Top Five Wednesday post, courtesy of  the Top Five Wednesday Goodreads group and the theme of the week was bookish happiness. Here's my five picks. Fifteen Seconds of Normal by Alex Marestaing The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright & Cass Grafton Chocolat by Joanne Harris The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley

Review; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

A while back I ended up reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. As the author is from the Dominican Republic, I can finally cross of that book on my list for the World Literature Project. Today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukœ—the curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insi

Review; The Story So Far by Jane Eklund

For Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon in April, I read The Story So Far by Jane Eklund and today I'll post my review. Desription from Goodreads It's 1977. A 22-year-old finds herself ensconced in a place of dust and history: the archives room of a second-rate college. She's re-shelving Victorian etiquette books when the door opens and in walks a fabulous, seductive, larger-than-life writer of historical romances--and the young woman's life will never be the same. Set against 25 years of cultural evolution, the love between the two women--the younger librarian and the grande dame of cheesy literature--outlasts a 28-year age difference, romantic dalliances, illness, and the confines of the closet. Along the way, the librarian ponders the nature of life, death, religion, and philosophy with the help of the imaginary counterparts of Socrates, Hildegard of Bingen, and Suzanne Pleshette; samples casseroles with names like Vegetables Psychosis and The Tubers Karamazov; and forges

Announcing the Autumn Reading Challenge 2022

As I've hosted an autumn-inspired reading challenge for a few years now, I wanted to host one this year too. The challenge will be informal and laidback, running from September 1st to November 30th. There will be no pressure from me in doing ALL the categories, but you're totally allowed to do them all if you want. You can even combine them, if a book fits into more than one category if you want or read several books for one or more categories. Also, feel free to do some interpretation(s) on the prompt(s), as they are fairly open. "Reporting back" what you've read is not mandatory, only encouraged. Feel free to comment below what you've read, or if you're on Instagram or Twitter, feel free to use the hashtag #trykksverteautumnchallenge2022 . Reading should be fun and not feel forced, so I wanted to keep things as simple and easy as possible, even if it's a challenge. Anyway, here's the categories for this year. A spooky novel A book with an autumn-

Review; The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in LA) by Amy Spalding

I recently read the contemporary YA novel The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in LA) by Amy Spalding and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people's lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn't expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Pérez. Abby knows it's a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes. Then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. She's competing against the girl she's kissing to win a paid job at the

Let's Talk Bookish; All About E-Books

It's Friday and perhaps time for a new Let's Talk Bookish post courtesy of  Book Nook Bits and the theme of the week was all about e-books. Here's the further prompts. Are ebooks the future of books? What are the advantages and disadvantages of ebooks? Are ebooks strictly better than physical books? Do all avid readers prefer real, paper books? Do you use an e-reader, or read on a phone/tablet? Do you ever find yourself missing one or the other? I'm of the opinion that even though e-books has a few perks, I don't think physical books will die out anytime soon, so I believe they will co-exist in one way or another. Some of the perks of e-books are of course they take up little space and a heck of a lot easier to carry with you than the physical ones, but personally I do prefer physical books over e-books as there's something about the feeling of having the actual book in your hand instead of on a tablet of sorts. Some of us avid readers prefer physical books, w

Book Tag; Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

I came across the Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag over at  Meeghan Reads and decided to play along as it looked like an interesting tag. How long have you been blogging? For roughly 10 years now. At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging? I have no idea, even if I've played with the thought of taking a break. What is the best thing about blogging? Giving people inspiration to pick up books. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay? All the work that needs to be done, as it can be a bit time consuming at times. How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use? Less than half an hour. Who is your book crush? None at the moment. What author would you like to have on your blog? She's more of an historian than an author, although she has published one book, but it would be fun having Lynette Nusbacher on the blog. What do you wear when you write your blog posts? Casual clothes. How long does it take you to prepare? It depends on the blog post I'll