Category Archive: 50-book challenge

Mission Accomplished

Happy New Year! I’m happy to report that I accomplished my goal of reading 50 books in 2013. Here’s what I read this year: It wasn’t steadily paced at all–the Hunger Games trilogy… Continue reading

Best YA Books of the Year

I’m thisclose to finishing the 50-book challenge, but I still have to squeeze in 4 more books by New Years. My new catch up strategey: Read YA. My friends read tons of YA (it’s… Continue reading

National Book Awards: Which Longlist Books Have You Read?

An editor of mine once told me that when all the best books lists come out at the end of the year, she downloads free sample chapters for all of them to her Kindle. Then,… Continue reading

Books for the 20-Something

I’ve been seeing the Buzzfeed list of 65 books to read in your 20s posted everywhere lately. And I’m not surprised: Your relationship with books changes once you’ve put formal schooling behind you. Even if you’ve always… Continue reading

Seeing and Re-reading The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a perfect novel in many ways, and lots of people have different reasons for calling it their favorite. One of mine is this sentence: The city seen from the Queensboro… Continue reading

On Leaning In

Everywhere I go, people are talking about Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg’s manifesto to women who work and the men who work with them in the office and at home. My book group–a collection of… Continue reading

A Real-Life Hunger Games?

By real-life, I mean reality TV… The New York Post reported this week that the CW is casting for a reality show based on Suzanne Collins’s book series. In “The Hunt” teams of two… Continue reading

Fashion Book Frenzy

I just started Empress of Fashion, a biography of Diana Vreeland that my roommate Christina gave me for Christmas. It’s one of three fashion memoirs/biographies I’m dying to read this year. So far, I… Continue reading

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

Last February, some friends and I started a book club. So far it’s been quite a success–we have read some great books, had lots of interesting discussions, and consumed many pizzas and bottles… Continue reading

Writers Who Inspire: Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

I had never read “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” one of J.D. Salinger’s most famous short stories, and I definitely regret waiting so long to read this collection. I love writing short stories, and… Continue reading