Premise Crush: 11 Fall Books that Hooked Me at Hello

Premise crush collage

Ahh, there's nothing like a tantalizing book premise, is there? I spent four years after college as a "marketing writer" at a publishing house, where I learned to write "blurbs"--you know, the enticing stuff on the back of the book. Ever since, I've been a fan of good hooks, those premises that … [Read more...]

12 Bold, Bookish Baby/Pet Names for BOYS

Best lit baby names boys collage

Is your bookshelf an untapped gold mine of fabulous baby or pet names--for a boy? Yes, yes, it is, dear reader! I love nothing more than a baby name list, so I thought it was high time to delve into the brightest and the best naming possibilities from the best-loved books--for BOYS. Some of these … [Read more...]

12 Lyrical, Literary Baby/Pet Names for a Girl

Best lit baby names collage

Is your bookshelf an untapped gold mine of fabulous baby or pet names? Yes, yes, it is, dear reader! Because I haven't written about baby names in awhile (not since I went all regal and picked a bunch of my favorites inspired by "The Crown"), I thought it was high time to delve into the brightest … [Read more...]

Literary Crush Book Club #1: “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin, a Book About Homesickness

Brooklyn #1

NOTE: For those who wanted to join the Literary Crush Book Club, I am actually starting it NOW. The physical component in Grand Rapids did read and meet and discuss "Summer of My German Soldier," but soon afterwards, I was swept away by a family emergency. Then I started my Downton Abbey recaps, and … [Read more...]