What I Read: The Opposite of Loneliness

3/5 pineapplesWhat I Read: The Opposite of Loneliness

Marina Keegan intrigued me.

From the start, I noticed her in a bright yellow coat looking at me every time my friends and I found ourselves in Barnes & Noble (which is often). Finally, I opened the cover. When I found out she died just after her college graduation, I set the book back on the shelf and walked away.

At some point, Marina ended up on my Goodreads “to-read” list but I didn’t think much of it until this semester. The semester of three classes, free time, and low motivation meant reading more. I gravitated towards nonfiction and short essays, easy to pick up after longer periods of time. Marina caught my eye once again. This time I obliged.

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What I Read: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

4/5 pineapples

Oh, blogger’s block.

I was pumped at the beginning of this year about my blogging. I would do it more and consistently. I would have exciting new posts that would attract the attention of all my readers. I would find a style that worked for me. I would create a space that was a hobby, not a chore.

But the best laid plans…

I tried to post, I really did. But every time I started something, I didn’t like it. It never had the tone or content I wanted or that I felt was worth publishing. So I was silent.

Until now.

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What I Read: Ishmael | My Triumphant Return!

Welcome back to posts with Leeann! You might have forgotten about me, but I’m the junior who foolishly thought majoring in two reading-heavy departments wouldn’t kill me. Needless to say, I was wrong.

Anyway, this triumphant return is not a permanent return :(. Promising I’m back to my regular posting would just be a lie. I have large assignments due at least once a week until the end of this semester, and I know they’re going to be taking a bunch of my time. But I will do my best.

BUT! Do not be grieved! In light of my busy schedule, I’m going to ask some of my friends to write some posts for you all. Coming next week: a post from future-librarian and book-reading fiend Amanda.

Now, let’s get into Ishmael, or the book that will change your worldview life.

5/5 Pineapples

What I Read: Ishmael | Scribbling in the Margins blog

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What I Read: We Were Liars (50 Followers Bonus Post!)

Before I get into the review, thank you SO MUCH for 50 followers! It’s been a lot of fun writing this blog this summer, and I’m glad there’s 50 of you out there who enjoy it :) What’s a blog without great readers?

In celebration, here’s a bonus book review about one of the more talked about novels of the summer. I hope you like it!

4.5/5 pineapples

What I Read: We Were Liars | Scribbling in the Margins blog

ISBN: 9780385741262; 240 pages; Pub. 2014

This review has been difficult to write. I finished We Were Liars in the beginning of August, but I just haven’t been able to review it yet. It’s a complicated book. Plus it straight out warns me to lie when people ask what it’s about.

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What I Read: A Lesson Before Dying

 3/5 Pineapples

(Back to pineapples we go :))

What I Read: A Lesson Before Dying

ISBN: 9780375702709; 256 pages; Pub. 1993

I wanted nothing more than to love this book.

Ernest Gaines wowed me with “A Long Day in November.” I walked away from that story thinking, “dang, I wish I could write like that.” I walked away from A Lesson Before Dying thinking “wait…what happened?”

After I’ve thought about it for a few days I can’t help but think… nothing.

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What I Read: The Bean Trees

5 Star Daisies

5/5 Daisies

(I’m mixing things up ;))

Bean Trees Cover

ISBN: 9780060915544; 246 pages; Pub. 1988

Oh goodness, a fiver! Who would have thought such a thing would come from the likes of me :)

So first of all, hello, I’m back! After a quick vacation away from my blog I am ready to return to my regular posting and overall dedication to writing twice a week. Which I will actually do in July ;) So if you have anything you want to see me post about, or any book suggestions, I’d love to hear them in the comments below. And please do comment, I would love to hear what you like (or don’t like) and your thoughts on the things I write about.

But I digress- to the review!

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