Category Archives: Drama

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | BEFORE WE WERE STRANGERS – RENEE CARLINO

  I’ve heard Renee Carlino’s name around for a while now, but never got around to any of her books. I went in with only a vaguely fuzzy idea of what the book was about, mostly because I was bored one day, and it was there. It’s the story of first love, loss and the unexpected turns life takes. We… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | DIETLAND – SARAI WALKER

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  It’s not hard to see why everyone has been talking about Dietland. This is a book that will challenge you. It’ll challenge you to think about your prejudices and pre-conceptions, it’ll make you uncomfortable, and it’ll even make you think about your ideas of wrong and right. Which makes it sound heavy and serious and intense. It’s not. Well,… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | THE RED NOTEBOOK – ANTOINE LAURAIN

  I can’t recall where I heard about this book, but I wish I did so I could thank the blogger who pointed me to such a brilliant discovery. This book had everything I was in the mood for when I picked it up: books, whimsy, mystery, Paris and a fair dose of extraordinary circumstance. The story begins with a… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND – KATARINA BIVALD

  There’s nothing I love more than meeting a character in a book who shares my love of reading. From Helene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross Road to A.J. Fikry and Amelia in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry to Matilda in Roald Dahl’s beloved book of the same name to Anne in Anne of Green Gables to Her Majesty… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | PURITY – JONATHAN FRANZEN

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  I’ve been seeing Jonathan Franzen’s books around for years, but to this point hadn’t actually read any of them (admittedly their length intimidated me somewhat). So when the book fairy (AKA Random House Canada) delivered an ARC of his upcoming novel, Purity, to my mailbox, it seemed that fate had intervened. I went into this book blind. I didn’t… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE – JESSICA KNOLL

  Luckiest Girl Alive is unlike any other book I’ve read. Don’t get me wrong, there are elements to it that will feel familiar. But taken as a whole it completely surprised me. The book begins with a perfect girl. She’s got a high-powered job working for a magazine in New York, she’s pretty and thin, she’s engaged to a… Read more »

THE SUNDAY [BOOK & MOVIE] REVIEW | THE DROP – DENNIS LEHANE

Dennis Lehane returns to the streets of Mystic River with this love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith—the basis for the major motion picture The Drop, from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Michaël Roskam, screenplay by Dennis Lehane, and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini. Three days after Christmas, a lonely bartender… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | FALLOUT – SADIE JONES

A deeply affecting love story set in the gritty yet magnificent theatre world of 1970s London by the award-winning, bestselling Sadie Jones, author of The Uninvited Guests and The Outcase Luke Kanowski is a young playwright: intense, magnetic, fleeing a disastrous upbringing in the North East. Arriving in London, he meets Paul Driscoll, an aspiring producer, and beautiful, fiery Leigh… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | THE VACATIONERS – EMMA STRAUB

An irresistible, deftly observed novel about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca. For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter,… Read more »

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: LANDLINE – RAINBOW ROWELL

  Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now. Maybe that was always besides the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells… Read more »

The Sunday Review: THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY – Gabrielle Zevin

Hanging over the porch of the tiny New England bookstore called Island Books is a faded sign with the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A.J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.  A.J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has… Read more »

ONYX – Jeniffer L. Armentrout

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Being connected to Daemon Black sucks… Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. Something worse than the Arum has come to town… The Department… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW | OBSIDIAN – JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy…. Read more »

BOOK REVIEW | THE FAULT IN OUR STARS – JOHN GREEN

  Better known amongst my group of friends as “The Blue Book” (for obvious reasons), this book took me completely by surprise. A friend of mine recommended it, saying that he loved it, that it made him all emotional and that I should definitely read it. So one Sunday when I was recovering from a horrible case of the flu,… Read more »