Some Updates

The wife and me

Because this ain’t my first time at the summer-in-NYC rodeo, I haven’t felt like I’ve had a ton of blog-worthy updates. But of course, that isn’t true. My summer has been pretty different — well, more like entirely different — than last summer. So if you’re wondering what I’ve been up to this time around, read on! Continue reading


Publishing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Not entirely related to this post, but I couldn’t resist

I’ve now been working at Thomas Dunne Books for about a month and a half. I started getting the hang of things a few weeks into the internship, and I even got to fill in as an interim assistant for one of the editors here! According to someone I work for, I’ve been exposed to a lot more than typical interns see, and I’ve done some pretty substantial jobs. I do not by any means think myself a publishing industry expert, but I have gained an insider’s perspective, so I feel confident enough to write this post about what I perceive to be the good, the bad, and the ugly of book publishing. Continue reading

Les Petites Victoires

It’s the little things that make a big difference, right? As I become more and more accustomed to living on my own, I’m beginning to notice the small things throughout the day that make me feel satisfied, independent, like a “real New Yorker,” etc. Although I’ve technically been on my own since leaving for college, this summer is my first prolonged period of time in which I’m completely responsible for myself. No RAs, no house chef, no parents. In learning how to adult (the lite version of adult, mind you), I’m learning to appreciate the little victories. Read on for a few of my favorite moments/feelings! Continue reading

Little Girl, Big City

Manhattan as seen from Brooklyn

I’ve started thinking about this blog of mine as a book, or maybe a film series. No, I’m not trying to say that my life is exciting enough to constitute a bestseller or a film adaptation. What I am trying to say is there are distinct “movements” in my life at this point in time and there are lulls between them. Chapter 1 was freshman year, chapter 2 was sophomore year (and one of those lulls), and now I’ve gotten to chapter 3: summer in New York City. Whereas I had a specific goal for chapter 1 (document my freshman experience), I have a few specific goals for my blog this summer. As cliche as it might be, if my life were actually a film series, “Little Girl, Big City” would definitely be my title of choice. Continue reading

Flappers and Philosophers

Flappers and PhilosophersI was not the biggest fan of Gatsby and, consequently, Fitzgerald. I read Gatsby in 9th grade and was underwhelmed–read it again in 11th and didn’t think much more of it. While everybody gushed about how incredible the book was and how they couldn’t wait for the movie, I thought to myself, Am I missing something? Though I felt guilty about it, Gatsby didn’t impress me the way I thought it should. Honestly, I really couldn’t figure out what the big fuss was about. This collection of short stories completely changed my mind. Continue reading

Memoirs of a Geisha


I’ve seen Memoirs of a Geisha on bookshelves for years and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it after picking up a $2.00 copy at the Half-Price Books Clearance sale (see the complete list of buys here). Throughout the first half of the novel, I was honestly pretty underwhelmed. By the end, however, I was blown away. The plot is unpredictable, the voice is distinctive, and the romance is anything but ordinary. Continue reading

Half-Price Clearance Haul

Why haven’t I heard of this before?!

Half-Price Books has this amazing annual clearance sale where everything is $2.00 unless marked as less. WHAT?! This is what Half-Price should be like all the time! Instead, we’ll have to settle for once a year–when they round up the surplus from all of the HPBs in the metroplex and cram all the books onto tables in a convention center. Anyway, here are the books I took home from the Arlington sale.

All for $21!
All for $21!

1. Possession by A.S. Byatt

2. The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan

3. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

4. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

5. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

6. The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards

7. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

8. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

9. The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

10. Room by Emma Donoghue

11. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg

12. Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman

13. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

14. Bossypants by Tina Fey

All in all, this haul cost me just $21.00. You can barely get two books at Barnes & Noble for $20! 7 of the 14 books were $1.00 and the other 7 were $2.00. There were also DVDs and CDs on sale, but because of time restraints I could only clear the Fiction section and segments of History and Entertainment. Even though the entire room was filled, there were still many unloaded boxes and the staff said they restocked each night (as well as throughout the day).

It was like Christmas. But more magical.