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Book Thoughts: Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

April 26, 2017

Intriguing and complex, Done Dirt Cheap is an addictive and colorful debut. Lemon writes with ease and her prose is absolutely stunning and raw. I didn’t expect the language to be as lyrical as it is and it made the dual third-person narrative structure flow seamlessly. That said, I did lose the narrative thread more than once and had to reread passages several times over to make sense…

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Book Thoughts: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

April 23, 2017

Complex and shatteringly beautiful, Strange the Dreamer is yet another fine piece of work by the incomparable Laini Taylor. It’s no secret that I will read anything and everything she writes, so I had been counting down the days until I had this book in my hands. Taylor’s signature writing is as strong as ever, complete with luscious descriptions that bring every detail to life and a cast…

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Book Thoughts: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

December 12, 2016

When I first heard about Stephanie Garber’s upcoming debut, Caraval, I heard it was similar to The Night Circus, which is one of my absolute favorite books. Now, I’ve come across quite a few books that didn’t live up to the same comparison, but Caraval seemed promising. Fortunately, and in full disclosure, I work for Macmillan, which houses Flatiron Books, the publisher of Caraval, so I was able to get an early…

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Book Thoughts: The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss

December 5, 2016

When a coworker first told me about Theodora Goss’s The Thorn and the Blossom, I thought it sounded interesting, especially the accordion-style format and dual narrative. But when they brought in their copy for me to borrow, the book got lost in the TBR pile shuffle. Finally, wanting to set the book free, I brought it home—and devoured it. I definitely recommend picking up a copy! Here’s what I…

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Book Thoughts: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

November 30, 2016

Full of action, exciting twists, and smooth writing, Empress of a Thousand Skies is a rousing debut by an author to watch. Everything from the descriptions to the alternating points of view work seamlessly together to create an evenly paced story with diverse characters who are as complex as they are endearing. Some twists I saw coming, but that didn’t make them any less satisfying. Now, when can I get…

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7/30/16 – 8/2/16: Montreal Getaway

August 8, 2016

Fun fact: I’ve never traveled outside of the United States. Well, unless you count the fact that I was born in South Korea, but no one counts that, right? Right. Anyway, this all changed this past weekend when I made a somewhat spontaneous decision to join the Boyfriend on his trip to Montreal. Don’t worry, I was invited, I didn’t just show up at the bus station yelling, “Surprise!”.…

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5/8/16: Book Haul and South Street Seaport

May 9, 2016

  This week was a pretty darn good one in my bookish world. I mean, look at all those beautiful books! I was lucky enough to snag copies of Caraval and Heartless from work and you bet your bookshelf I ran out to buy A Court of Mist and Fury as soon as I could. I also attended the launch party for Mindi Scott and Michelle Andreani’s The Way Back To You, which…

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The Artist Behind the Art: Kate Lichtenstein and Crystals, Coffee, Nature

February 8, 2016

I’ve had the fortune of knowing Kate Lichtenstein for quite some time now. As an artist, entrepreneur, and positive spirit, Kate has quickly made a name for herself in Michigan’s art community alongside her parents, the owners of Gallery 154. Recently, Kate released her first book, Crystals, Coffee, Nature, a mini coffee table book featuring original photos taken throughout her creative life. Today, Kate answers a few questions about…

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TBTB Secret Santa Haul

January 2, 2016
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This was my third time participating in the Broke and the Bookish’s Secret Santa exchange and it was just as exciting as the first time! I even managed to submit my application on time this year! Go me! My recipient ended up being someone I know, so that was a lot of fun! One of the books they requested was Jackson Pearce’s Sisters Red, which is one of…

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Buzzlines: November 13, 2015

November 13, 2015

Buzzlines is a weekly round-up of articles, videos, and other tidbits you might have missed during the week.  “One Bouquet of Fleeting Beauty, Please” by Alisha Gorder (The New York Times) — I was introduced to the Times‘s “Modern Love” column a month or two ago, but only just began reading it regularly. This week’s piece is beautiful and heartbreaking, and tackles loss and love in such a simple,…

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Weekend Catch-Up: November 7-8, 2015

November 9, 2015

This past weekend I resolved to get back into blogging, so here I am with a recap. A small one, but hey, it’s a start! 🙂 First of all, I had the pleasure of participating in last month’s QUEER ROMANCE MONTH and my post, “The November Song”, was selected as the series closer. You should probably check out my post, but you really need to read all of them.…