Passions In Bloom

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Review—The Pilot’s Wife

I brought this book to the beach for Labor Day weekend thinking it would be a relaxing read, but it was far from my usual beach material. I was entranced immediately by Anita Shreve’s storytelling style, how she made me feel like I was in Kathryn’s house with her as she got the devastating news in the very first chapter. This book was written with the perfect lens, putting us close enough to the action to feel their pain but letting us observe what is happening for ourselves. I only put this book down to take a nap; otherwise I read it in one quick sitting. Continue reading “Review—The Pilot’s Wife”


When you go to the bookstore, excited to buy a copy of the next greatest book, do you pick up a paperback, its pages opening easily to a random page? or a hardcover, giving you protection against bends and creases?

Do you take notes in your books? Do you fold pages when you find something interesting? Do you bend the spine so it stays open while you read? Or do you try to preserve your books in their original pristine condition? Do you take care to avoid doing the aforementioned things?

Review–A Visit From The Goon Squad


I just finished this book, assigned for my Creative Writing class, and I am having a little trouble living in the real world now.

This book is such a complex myriad of characters, relationships, points of view, tenses, and time periods, and they are all jumbled up so the reader is confused at the beginning of each chapter. But that’s how life is. Continue reading “Review–A Visit From The Goon Squad”

Review-A Separate Peace

Another awesome book I got for Christmas was A Separate Peace by John Knowles. This book is set in the World War Two time period. The main character, Gene, is sixteen years old and attends boarding school. The book details their relationship during the summer and the following school year and shows the intense consequences of Gene’s actions.

WARNING: SPOILERS ALERT Continue reading “Review-A Separate Peace”

Review–The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

This is the first of many wonderful books I got for Christmas this year, and it was so exciting that I read it in one day! The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins is a novel about a woman, Rachel, who rides the trains in London every day and sees a glimpse of the same couple each time she rides. She makes up a story and life for these people and comes to think she knows them–but then, a morbid mystery surrounds their life and Rachel has a chance to be a part of it. She knows a vital piece of information that may save someone’s life… or does she?

I like this book because I am a huge fan of the shifting perspectives narrative style. Continue reading “Review–The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins”

Review–The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

One of the many books I was given for my birthday this year was a cute little mystery novel with a beehive cover. I liked it immediately because I don’t own any other yellow books! This was a very thoughtful gift because I don’t think I would have picked this book for myself, but I loved it.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is a tale concerning the world of Sherlock Holmes, but the renowned detective is now in his retirement years, living a peaceful life in the countryside. Continue reading “Review–The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King”

Getting to Know Me–Books

I think you can learn a lot about a person by their book preferences, and I hate the question, “What’s your favorite book?” There is no favorite. There never will be. Here’s an interview (with myself) about my own penchant for books and reading.

1. What is your favorite childhood book?

I was obsessed with The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques. I now own almost every book in the series and have read them all at least once. These hefty adventure novels detailing the adventures of mice, badgers, hares, otters, and other woodland animals prepared me for my love of adventure books such as Lord of the Rings today. I loved many of Brian Jacques’ books, but the ones I re-read over and over again were Redwall, SalamandastronMossflower and Triss.

2. What makes you fall in love with a book?  Continue reading “Getting to Know Me–Books”

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