Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Book Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe

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Title: Someday, Someday, Maybe
Author: Lauren Graham
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Source: Purchased

From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.

It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.

Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hardcover Lover Confessions | Coming to Terms with the Type of Blogger I Am Now

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Had you asked me five years ago when I started my The Hardcover Lover where I'd be today, I probably would have said happily teaching and reading in my spare time. While I'm still reading, I'm definitely not reading as much as I used to read. I'm not upset about it, but I do feel like it's had an impact on my blogging and the kind of blogger I want to be in the future (if there is a future for me in blogging).

Monday, May 20, 2019

Book Review: The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One

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Title: The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Source: Purchased

2016 Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn't burn in this one — the bold second book in her "women are some kind of magic" series.

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Book Review: You Were Here

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Title: You Were Here
Author: Cori McCarthy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Source: Borrowed from Library

On the anniversary of her daredevil brother's death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake's favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother's exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.

As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn't bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hey, there... It's Been a While

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Hey, everyone! I just wanted to pop in and tell you that I'm alive! I kind of took a really long and unannounced hiatus from blogging (and reading...).

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello, and to tell you to look out for some sporadic posts as I've just finished two books. (Yay me!)

I realize I don't exactly have to explain my absence from the book blogging world, but a lot has happened during the past year or so. The biggest thing was me going back to school! You're reading a post from a girl who just finished her first year of graduate school with a 4.0! I'm so giddy! I'll be taking two classes over the summer, and if all goes well, I'm hoping to graduate by December of 2020. It takes a while to get through school when you're working as much as I am.

Love you all!