Tag: Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Feeling Hopeful Towards the Future – My May Wrap Up

Feeling Hopeful Towards the Future – My May Wrap Up

Posted June 7, 2021 in Checking In // 0 Comments

Hello loves and welcome to another monthly wrap up, where we talk all things books, reading, and writing in the month of May!  As you all know, April was a tricky month for me – I took a hiatus during April, for starters.  In watching my stats over the last couple years as well, I’ve found April to be a low reading month.  I always feel relieved in May when things start to look up a little, you know?  And they definitely looked up this year! Even though things aren’t “normal” still in the world, I have more hope for […]

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Posted May 14, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  When I read this book a decade ago, I remember feeling like it was unique and interesting, but a bit dense.  Don’t get me wrong – I liked it.  Special Topics in Calamity Physics is, for me, a captivating and curious novel.  I was so thrilled to pull this one out of my TBR Jar and read it again, because even though my last read was ten years ago… I still find myself thinking about it sometimes.  It’s that kind of book. Calamity Physics won’t be for everyone.  It’s pretentious.  The writing is erudite and dense, packed with references […]

The First 10 Books I Reviewed on My Blog

The First 10 Books I Reviewed on My Blog

Posted April 23, 2019 in Memes // 6 Comments

Did you know that The Literary Phoenix has been online since 2009? I will fully admit that I haven’t been consistent with my blog over the years.  I’ve taken breaks.  And by breaks, I’m talking one post every six months for years.  I was not a good blogger for 85% of the time that I’ve been here.  But there’s been book reviews over the years. Some of the reviews are for books I wouldn’t read again… but there are plenty of books I read back in 2011 that I would still read again!  I can tell you that my reviewing has […]

Top Ten Books I Read in 2011 (The Year I Started Keeping Track) – #TTT

Top Ten Books I Read in 2011 (The Year I Started Keeping Track) – #TTT

Posted September 12, 2017 in Memes // 30 Comments

For a lot of the younger bloggers, this may seem CRAZY, but an Excel spreadsheet used to be the PRIME way to keep track of the books you read.  I never used to keep track at all… I just read.  It wasn’t until 2011, when I was a senior in college (#old) and taking my last handful of writing courses that I was challenged to start keeping track of the books I read.  Actually, it wasn’t a challenge.  One of my writing professors was FLABBERGASTED we hadn’t kept track all this time, and it became an urgent assignment. I’m glad […]

You Took Me By Surprise – Top Ten Tuesday #TTT

You Took Me By Surprise – Top Ten Tuesday #TTT

Posted February 21, 2017 in Memes // 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by the ladies over on The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s theme is all about books that you liked either less or more than you thought you were going to!  Check up the other linkups for more great books! For this week’s linkup, I want to focus on books I didn’t think I’d like, let alone love.  As readers, we’re so used to the hype and getting disappointed that it’s awesome when you really end up loving a book! ♦        The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory Before this book, I didn’t read much […]