Book Review: All The Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 320 pages

Published: August 27, 2019

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction & Literature, Contemporary, Fantasy Continue reading “Book Review: All The Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle”

Books of 2019: Favorite Reads So Far (YA Genre)

As I have mentioned in my previous post, I am on a book committee this year that is in the process of selecting the best YA books of the year for teens, a genre I am not a big fan of. However, as I am reading through these books, I am learning more about my reading tastes. It is not the general YA genre I have a distaste for, it is YA books published by US authors. I have realized that I have a preference for YA books published by UK authors, or more generally, foreign authors. They add something different and unique that goes beyond the generic brand and writing style that is usually accompanied with YA books. Continue reading “Books of 2019: Favorite Reads So Far (YA Genre)”

Quote of the Day – August 1, 2019

This morning, the sun endures past dawn. I realise that it is August: the summer’s last stand.”

Sara Baume, A Line Made by Walking

A Line Made by Walking

Book Review: Milkman by Anna Burns

Format: Paperback

Pages: 360 pages

Published: December 11, 2018

Publisher: Graywolf Press

Genre:  Fiction & Literature, Literary Fiction
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World Book Night



It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

No, it’s not Christmas. Today is UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Book and Copyright Day! Today, the world recognizes what we book lovers already knew…the great effect that books have on our lives and the continued support we can give them. UNESCO couldn’t even say it better myself:

Books are invaluable platforms for freedom of expression and the free flow of information – these are essential for all societies today. The future of the book as a cultural object is inseparable from the role of culture in promoting more inclusive and sustainable pathways to development.”

Now don’t confuse this with the UK’s and Ireland’s World Book Day that occurred in March. The sentiments are the same and March’s book day is geared more towards kids, this day has a particular literary reference. On this day in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died while prominent authors Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo were all born on April 23. Continue reading “World Book Night”

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Literary Places I Want to Visit


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie — YOUR CHOICE OF TOPIC.”

So I decided to list the top ten literary places I would love to visit (it is like a sanctuary for us book lovers):

1. Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, MA

2. The Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, England

3. Walden Pond, Concord, MA

4. Monk’s House, East Sussex, England

A cottage purchased by Virginia and Leonard Woolf.

5.Sherlock Holmes Museum & Shop, London, England

6. Scotland, UK (there was just too many interesting and beautiful places to visit so I’m putting down the entire country)


7. Ireland (same here with Ireland)

8. Lyme Park, Disley, Cheshire, UK

(Was used as Pemberley in the BBC 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice)

9. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England

Large country house by river with wooded hillside beyond

(The house was name itself in Pride and Prejudice as one the houses Elizabeth visited. And although I’m not a big fan of the movie, this house represented Pemberley in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, as well as another TV adaptation, Death Comes to Pemberley)

10. Chawton House, Chawton, Hampshire, UK

Although I visited the Jane Austen Museum twice, I want to visit Chawton House Library. It was the home of Edward Austen Knight, the brother of Jane Austen. The library is now The Centre for the Study of Early English Women’s Writing, 1600-1830.

What literary places would you like to visit?



World Book Day: Best Quotes

LogoIn honor of World Book Day, here are some great quotes explaining the importance of books and the great joys of reading:

  1. Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”-John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  2. “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”-Oscar Wilde
  3. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”-Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  4. “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.” – Samuel Johnson
  5. “A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” – Neil Gaiman
  6. “Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” – Mary Schmich
  7. “So many books, so little time.” – Frank Zappa
  8. “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry S. Truman
  9. “My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.”– Thomas Helm
  10. “I was born with a reading list I will never finish.” – Maud Casey

Which one is your favorite? Do you know of any other quotes that capture the true joy of reading? Add you favorite in the comments below!

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