Book Babes: Mark Watney

Fiction, Humor

Book Babes is our homage to those fictional crushes we all know and love, as well as the obscure or underrated but equally swoonable characters from our favorite books. While some of tour picks are certainly sexy (hey, we’re only human), that’s not a pre-requisite; this series is for the dynamic characters who command our attention and […]

The 10 Best & Worst Film Adaptations of Popular Books


Hearing your favorite book is about to become a movie can be one of the best and worst feelings. If it’s a box office hit, great; another way to enjoy a favorite story. But if it tanks . . . ouch. The frustration can…

Quick Quotes: George Eliot

"It's never too late to be who you might have been."

- George Eliot, also known as Mary Ann Evans

Although this quote has been frequently attributed to 18th century author George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, in fact it was likely the work of poet Adelaide Anne Procter. The quote can be traced to her poem, “A Legend of Provence,” originally…

Book Babes: Jo March


Book Babes is our homage to those fictional crushes we all know and love, as well as the obscure or underrated but equally swoonable characters from our favorite books. While some of tour picks are certainly sexy (hey, we’re only human), that’s not a pre-requisite;…

Quick Quotes: Sherlock Holmes

"To a great mind, nothing is little."

- Sherlock Holmes, from A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This quote appears in Arthur Conan Doyle's novella, A Study In Scarlet, published in 1886 in the magazine, Beeton's Christmas Annual. The book introduced Sherlock Holmes and John Watson to a lukewarm audience; interest in Sherlock Holmes shot up after Doyle released of several short stories…

Book Babes: Jay Gatsby


Every book nerd has at least one literary crush. Often a book's protagonist or deuteragonist, these characters win you over with their wit, charm, triumphs, struggles, and yes, flaws. Book Babes is our homage to those crushes we all know and love, as well…

Review: Between The World And Me


If books are meant to enlighten, Ta-Nehisi Coates succeeds in Between the World and Me. The book is a memoir written as a letter to his son. Throughout, Coates tackles tough subjects like the social construction of race, the history of African-Americans in…

Quick Quotes: Charles Dickens

"A loving heart is the truest wisdom."

- Charles Dickens

With the tongue-tying title, The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account), shortened for sanity to David Copperfield, this semi-autobiographical serial novel by Charles Dickens tells the life…

“I am with you”: Author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Talks to Crowd At Matthew Knight Arena


On Friday, February 3, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, known for his bestseller Between the World and Me, visited the University of Oregon, where he gave a talk addressing race in America to a sold out Matthew Knight Arena. Coates came to the university as part…

Review: Bittersweet


  Shauna Niequist’s raw honesty and quick wit are sweeping the nation among the pages of her newest book release, Present Over Perfect. Yet, in an effort to understand Niequist’s timeline more intimately, myself and many others have dug up her 2010 publish,…

#StaffReads: Valentine’s Day Edition


Nothing says "you're my Valentine" like cheap chocolate and a pre-written card. But seriously: why not give your paramour a book to enjoy instead? Reading has been found to lower stress, increase empathy (in the case of fiction readers), and reduce the risk of dementia.…

Review: Between The World And Me

5 Overall rating
Timeliness 5
Compelling 5
Humbling Reading Experience 5

Review: Bittersweet

4 Overall rating
Hunger-Provoking 4
Reflectiveness 5
Self-Motivating 3
Wit 4

Review: Boy, Snow, Bird

3 Overall rating
Developed Female Leads 5
Cohesiveness 2
Quote-Worthy 4

Review – God’s Bits of Wood

4 Overall rating
Feels 4.5
Love 3.5
Strong-willed characters 5

Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

4 Overall rating
Originality 5
Mysticism 5
Clarity 4

Review: The Martian

5 Overall rating
Understandable Science 4.5
Space Sarcasm 4.8
Matt Damonness 5

Review: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

5 Overall rating
Humor 5
Mind Trippin' 5
Illustrations 5

Review: Rant

5 Overall rating
Wait, WHAT? 5
Compelling 5
Humor 4
Palahniuk 5

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