I am an avid reader and love, more than anything, to recommend books to others and engage in literary discussions. I'm not picky about what I read-- I love mysteries, classic fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, and especially stories that are entertaining but relate to my love of science and medicine.

This blog will mostly feature book reviews- I don't know how great I am at critiquing though, because it is rare that I don't enjoy something. Each piece of writing seems to have something to redeem it, something it can teach us.

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
- Jorge Luis Borges, "Poema de los Dones"


Let's be honest here, readers:

1: You will break your book buying ban.

2: You will cry at the end of at least one book.

3: You will want to talk to others about an awesome book you've read.

4: You will suffer from a book hangover.

5: You might watch the movie before reading the book (Oops!).

6: You won't always finish a series.

7: Not everyone is going to like what you like--but you can always try to argue your point (politely).

8: You will bond with strangers over certain books.

9: You will read at least one hyped-up book in your reading life.

10: You will be extremely disappointed more than once after reading a book.

11: But you will connect with at least one book in a way that is beyond other peoples' understanding.

12: You will share stories about other readers who just don't get it.

13: You will encounter people who criticize what you read.

14: You will always find at least one community of readers (Thank you, internet!)

15: You will drink a cup of something hot at least once while you're reading.

16: Then you will mention it casually in a conversation with other readers.

17: Or take a picture of it and put it on the web.

18: You will shamelessly fall in love with a book others have judged.

19: You will form your own bookish opinions.

20: You will try to get almost anyone to read that last book you read because it was just AWESOME.

21: You will hope it's raining when you're about to sit down to read, at least once in your reading life.

22: You will see bookstores online and vow to visit them one day.

23: You will proudly state that you are a reader.


Tonight will be the night I finish The Death Cure. Not sure how to feel about that.

Don’t worry! It’s not over until you read The Kill Order. The prequel really elevated the series in my opinion.

Being a reader doesn’t mean always reading, and it doesn’t mean only reading. A dear friend of mine often says that books make us gluttons for life, and while I don’t attribute my desire to do non-book things on this vacation to any specific thing I’ve read, I know in my bones that reading both makes me more curious about the world and gives me a greater desire to engage with the people around me.

Sometimes, I need to not read.

from Vacation Reading, or A Vacation From Reading by Rebecca Joines Schinsky (via bookriot)

What we find is that when people buy a Kindle they read four times as much as they did before they bought the Kindle.

BBC News - Kindle Fire HD and Paperwhite sales make Amazon no profit (via interestingsnippets)

Now that I have one, I do love my Kindle. I thought I would only use it for traveling, but I have other reasons too now.

1. Lighter traveling is still number 1.

2. Too impatient/too late at night to drive to a bookstore 

3. Getting a single book in a series when I don’t own or want to own the other books in said series. EX: friend of mine lent me first 2 books of maze runner and didn’t own the third. I could purchase the third via kindle without feeling obligated to own the other two (I would feel obligated to own them all in physical form if I owned one in physical form)

4. Easily lend/borrow books with other Kindle owners

Guess the Book from Its Library of Congress Subject Keywords!



Book nerds! Come play the dorkiest book nerd game ever!

Something to play (aside from Cards Against Humanity) while you wait for the appropriate hour to start drinking.


Libraries will do whatever it takes to get people to read! Read about it here.



Libraries will do whatever it takes to get people to read! Read about it here.



Reading nook at l’Hotel du Petit Moulin designed by Christian Lacroix.

It is beautiful.


Reading nook at l’Hotel du Petit Moulin designed by Christian Lacroix.


It is beautiful.

It was easier to know it than to explain why I knew it. If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact.

Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet (via finalproblem)

14 Books Every English Major Has Definitely, Totally Finished

[[I was not an English major— have no real opinions on this list, just reminded me of something else to post]]

The ones on this list I’ve read, I’ve enjoyed reading. The ones I haven’t read— maybe I never will. I’ve decided to stop feeling obligated to put classics on my TBR list just because they’re classics. There must be some other motivating factor for me to spend time with it, because as we all know, there’s not enough time for all the books to be read.

**Finnegan’s Wake has been on my shelf for years and I’ve read about 2 pages. If anyone has read it and wants to share advice, I would appreciate it!! That is one I am determined to finish.