October 2022 Book Update

If you've been around Spine & Leaf Books lately you'll know that I've been reading several authors that I've read before: Jean Hanff Korelitz got 2 books on my list this month, Fredrik Backman has reappeared after Beartown, and of course, Veronica Roth's brand new book Poster Girl has made my list. I'm really into... Continue Reading →

Book After Movie?

Do you ever read a book after watching the movie adaptation? This is an age-old question that has no one, true answer. But for me, generally, the answer is: No. No, I don't read books after watching the movie or TV show adaptation. Here's why: I like to imagine the characters myself. There's nothing better... Continue Reading →

Poster Girl by Veronica Roth

Sonya lives in the Aperature. It is essentially a prison that holds those once dedicated to the old regime, the Delegation. Sonya's family were important members of the fallen government, so much so that she had the honor of having her face printed on all of the propaganda posters. She is a model citizen who... Continue Reading →

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

An apartment showing has brought together an unusual group of people. An older couple looking to renovate together for profit, a woman touring alone who looks like she could buy the whole building with her pocket money, a young couple about to have their first baby, a man in a bunny costume, and an elderly... Continue Reading →

…But the Cover Was Blue

"I don't remember the title, but the cover was blue." If librarians had a dollar for every time they heard this, they'd be millionaires by now. I know I've said this exact thing before, so I'm guessing the other readers out there can relate. Why is this so common? Why can we remember the color... Continue Reading →

The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Sally, Harrison, and Lewyn are triplets conceived in a test tube. Despite sharing a womb, they've never had an interest in sharing each other's lives. Their parents were madly in love, yet a past trauma kept them at arm's length their whole lives. The birth of the triplets was meant to heal wounds and bring... Continue Reading →

6 Minutes a Day

Did you know you can reduce your stress by 68% in just 6 minutes a day? Want to know how? Reading. That's right. Reading for just 6 minutes a day can reduce your stress more effectively than exercising or listening to music. A 2009 study from Sussex University revealed the powerful benefits of reading when... Continue Reading →

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jacob 'Finch' Bonner is a failing writer. His first book did ok. His second book, not so much. And the third and fourth never even got published. So what's a writer to do? Well, as the saying goes... if you can't do, teach. At a small live-in writing program, Jake is teaching a class of... Continue Reading →

September 2022 Book Update

Wow, September has been a busy month... but not for book reading apparently. Oh well. I haven't read too many books this month and none of them were real standouts for being amazing. My favorite was The Atlas Six. I really fell into that one and finished it quickly. Otherwise, I've been in a bit... Continue Reading →

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