Ugly crying with Fredrik Backman

Not many books make me cry. I can probably count on one hand the number of books that have seriously made me cry. I've cried to the Harry Potter books and to Anne of Green Gables (Matthew!), to name my first two book-crying-cases that come to mind. And then I read A Man Called Ove…


Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

I was not prepared for what this book offered. Let me state bluntly that the comparisons to The Girl on the Train are wrong and misleading. Behind Closed Doors lacks the nuance, storytelling, and humanity that The Girl on the Train possesses.

So…what exactly IS a bluestocking??

A bluestocking is defined by Merriam-Webster as "a woman having intellectual or literary interests." It is a (now historic) term that began in the 18th-century to degrade a group of women who met to discuss ideas and scholarly subjects. I first encountered the bluestocking term while reading romance novels.