Beach Reads for Memorial Day Weekend

Beach Reads for Memorial Day Weekend

Y’all, this upcoming holiday weekend marks the official start to BEACH SEASON!!! Summer is seriously my favorite time of year, and now that I’m finally living in the South again I am fully basking in the sweltering hot afternoons and blazing sun (with my liberal application of sunscreen, of course). Atlanta has been experiencing summer weather for over a month now, and I’ve got no complaints with keeping my car windows and sunroof open. Though my fellow commuters might, as they’ve had to hear my off-key rendition of the Hamilton songs as we all sit in gridlocked traffic.

Though perhaps not everyone is hitting the sand this upcoming long weekend, we can all benefit from some R and R – and by that I mean Reading and more Reading.

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Review: “My Brilliant Friend”

Review: “My Brilliant Friend”

This weekend was pure magic, y’all. We finally got a little chill in the air down here in Georgia, so I can actually say it fees like fall! I got to spend my Friday with old friends, my Saturday with family in a scenic college town, and my Sunday doing nothing but READING. I truly couldn’t ask for more.

Although I didn’t get to participate in the Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon this year, I still finished a couple of books, including the first in the now-infamous Neapolitan novels, My Brilliant Friend. Let’s discuss:  Continue reading “Review: “My Brilliant Friend””

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
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I have a love-hate relationship with adaptations.  Some turn into raving successes – i.e. Alicia Silverstone bringing Emma back to life in her movie “Clueluess.” Or Bridget Jones’ Diary for Pride and Prejudice re-vamped. Others are head-shaking failures or downright gross…did we really need a re-make of Twilight, especially one with erotica in it? (I’m looking at you, 50 Shades of Grey).  So when publishers announced a series of Shakespeare literary adaptaions, I was wary but intrigued, especially when I heard the likes of Jeanette Winterson and Anne Tyler were on board.  Then NetGalley passed Vinegar Girl my way and I was able to take a peek. Thank you to them for the e-galley in exchange for an honest review!

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