6 Degrees of Separation: From To Kill a Mockingbird to The Aeneid

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I figured I'd start with one of my favorite (also new-to-me) reads of the year. It's been on my mind so much lately.2. Native Son by Richard Wright -  To Kill a Mockingbird got me thinking about race relations, right and wrong, and the difficult decisions we make. That reminded me of Native Son, which I read in high school. As far as I can remember, it was also the first novel I read that tackled race issues in such a uncomfortably powerful way.3. Swimming to Elba by Silvia Avallone (review) - Another major theme in Native Son was the differences between the lives of the rich vs. the lives of the poor. That…


10 Favorite Book Covers in 2014

It just so happens that all of my favorite book covers from the books I read in 2014 were also released this year, with the exception of To Kill a Mockingbird. That particular cover is the 50th anniversary edition (released in 2010) and when I saw it on the bookstore shelf, it stopped me in my tracks. Even though we already had a copy here at house, I couldn't help but buy this one. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's favorite covers!


5 Favorite Books Recommended By Others

I've been accused by a certain someone mentioned in #4 below of being a book pusher. Well, what goes around comes around! Here are five of my favorite reads in 2014, all recommended to me (directly or indirectly) by other people.1. The Sparrow. Recommended by Andi at Estella's Revenge in this wonderful BookTube review. I couldn't stop thinking about this book. I have yet to read the sequel, Children of God, because I'm afraid my expectations going into it will be too high.2. To Kill a Mockingbird. Pretty much everyone recommended this classic, which I read for the first time this year. Michele at A Reader's Respite basically told me to stop everything, forget the world around me, and read it. Wow. This left…


#AMonthofFaves Introduction

This month I'll be participating in the A Month of Favorites event, hosted by Estella's Revenge, GirlXOXO, and Traveling with T. All month, we'll be discussing our favorite books (and book-related things) from 2014. Much of my December tends to be insane work-wise (musicians are popular this time of year!), so I thought it'd be a fun, stress-free way to continue blogging this month.My Reading YearNumber of Books Read: As of today, I've read 84 books. My Goodreads goal for the year was 100; I'm not going to reach that.General Stats: 34 e-books, 47 print, 3 audiobooks. Only 1 in Italian; my goal was 3 (sigh). 52 were ARCs or tour books, 12 were library books, and 20 were books…


Two Lovely Berries by A. M. Blair

  I first heard about Two Lovely Berries from Katie at Words for Worms. I'm a big fan of AMB's blog, but had somehow missed that she'd published a novel! I read Katie's review, then immediately bought the book. And as often happens with book purchases, it then sat on my Nook, waiting and waiting to be read. I finally picked it up during a recent slump where nothing was grabbing me, when I kept starting and setting books aside. This pulled me out of that slump; I ended up reading it in one sitting. The story centers around two identical twin sisters, Nora and Aubrey, and their suddenly separate lives after college, their struggle to have independent identities yet stay…


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