Katie Ford: Blood Lyrics (Poetry)

Katie Ford's upcoming poetry collection, Blood Lyrics, possesses an authentic fierceness of emotion coupled with a literary eloquence that is all too rare in modern poetry. Blood Lyrics will be released by Gray Wolf Press on October 21st. [ O where has our meadow gone? that which swept us here? the orange cosmos and aster?... Continue Reading →

Rainbow Rowell: Landline

Rainbow Rowell has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed Rowell's first two novels so much that, upon finishing Fangirl, I immediately dove headfirst into her spectacular third book, Landline. Star-crossed lovers, love triangles, long distance phone calls, quirky time travel, marital problems, crazy relatives, happy endings, second chances and a plethora of... Continue Reading →

Rainbow Rowell: Fangirl

I just finished reading Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl and it's been a long time since I've enjoyed a work of contemporary fiction so much. Much like Rowell's widely beloved previous novel, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl is an easy but well written and extraordinarily empathetic YA book. Fangirl tells a lighter story than the emotionally wrought Eleanor... Continue Reading →

Ted Galdi: Elixir

Ted Galdi's debut novel, Elixir, is a fast-paced cyber thriller with echoes of Michael Crichton and Outbreak. The protagonist is a mathematical whiz kid who gets caught up in a bizarre tale of international intrigue, cyber terrorism and Ebola. Plagued by his past as a child genius on Jeopardy, Sean Malone struggles to fit in... Continue Reading →

Current Read: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is an award winning classic tale of a teenage boy's struggle to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash...kinda like Lost if Jack was the only survivor on the island and the smoke monster was really just a homicidal moose. The adventure setting itself would be an interesting... Continue Reading →

S. by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst

Remember how unique, intelligent and exciting Lost seemed to be the first few seasons? How we kept plodding through the weaker storylines, annoying characters and complicated plot twists, because the little cryptic details so strongly hinted at a greater mystery that we felt certain would ultimately lead to a mindblowing epiphany when the series finally... Continue Reading →

Support Independent Bookstores Saturday!

Saturday is apparently "Small Business Saturday" as well as "Indies First Day," in which authors and book lovers are being encouraged to support their local independent bookshops. Therefore, I encourage all local bookworms to visit Charleston, WV's only independent bookstore, Taylor Books, on that day or any day. You can also order books and ebooks/epubs... Continue Reading →

John McMillian: Beatles vs. Stones

John McMillian's new book, Beatles vs. Stones, examines the rivalry between the two titular bands and their fan bases. You know any book that begins with a "Recommended Soundtrack" is going to be good. Between that opening suggested playlist and the introduction's juicy retelling of how Paul McCartney upstaged Mick Jagger at his own birthday... Continue Reading →

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