Quotes from “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris

Alexander Skarsgard and Anna Paquin as Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's "True Blood." Photo credit: www.fanpop.com
Alexander Skarsgard and Anna Paquin as Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s “True Blood.” Photo credit: http://www.fanpop.com

I have some quotes for you. I know so many people, like my mother and I, are getting psyched up for the new season of HBO’s “True Blood.” In honor of next weekend’s premiere, I have quotes and will review the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris. Continue reading “Quotes from “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris”

A happy birthday to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and an elementary review

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

To those who follow days of literary importance, you’ll already know today is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday. Writing him off as simply an author would be a great understatement. Conan Doyle was a man of many faces, which makes him memorable enough for me to be talking about him almost 83 years after his death.

I could go on an on about his exploits, but I’m here to talk about his lasting contribution: Sherlock Holmes. The original Holmes collection is made up of four novels and 56 short stories, but it has since become so much more than words on paper. These tales of mystery and deduction are regarded as some of the best works of crime fiction of all time.

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Update on new bookstore – Broken Shelves of Gainesville

My haul from Broken Shelves
My haul from Broken Shelves

I finally made it to Broken Shelves! I know I mentioned it in a brief post last month but they had their grand opening April 5. So here are my thoughts.

The store:

The store itself is pretty small, but that’s understandable as a small business. I’d compare it to the size of my apartment (less than 500 square feet), with shelves lining the walls and a few lounging areas (couch, egg chair and some stools). I’d describe it as someplace in an indie movie where the lead character sits and drinks coffee and is trying to write the novel of the century. For those of you in Gainesville, it’s in the Sun Center downtown, near Alter Ego and the old Gainesville Sun headquarters. Continue reading “Update on new bookstore – Broken Shelves of Gainesville”

A defense of children’s books on International Children’s Book Day

Today is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday and, as such, it is also International Children’s Book Day.

Many people grow out of children’s books like they grow out of sippy cups and bright pink overalls.  I’ve heard cynics denounce children’s books for being naïve, simplistic and irrelevant passed a certain age.

I must stand up for children’s books on their day of honor.

Sure, children’s books are written for children, have small words and only have a line or two on each page. But beauty lies in their simplicity. Continue reading “A defense of children’s books on International Children’s Book Day”

Cracking the Binding is becoming a food blog

“Change is Sweet” cookies, an edited version of “I want to marry you” cookies

Just kidding. But I did write a guest post on my friend’s food blog “Not-So-Starving-College-Student.” You guys should go check it out, I shared a recipe for the best cookies I’ve, and a lot of my coworkers at The Independent Florida Alligator, ever had. Remember, nothing goes better with a good book than sweets!

Until next time,


Quotes from “This is Where I Leave You”

My review of “This is Where I Leave You” will be up tomorrow. As always, here are a few quotes that I liked from the book.

I blame Hollywood for skewing perspectives. Life is just a big romantic comedy to them, and if you meet cute, happily ever-after is a forgone conclusion.

Love made us partners in narcissism, and we talked ceaselessly about how close we were, how perfect our connection was, like we were the first people in history to ever get it exactly right.

Childhood feels so permanent, like it’s the entire world, and then one day it’s over and you’re shoveling wet dirt onto your father’s coffin, stunned at the impermanence of everything.

Phillip is the Paul McCartney of our family: better-looking than the rest of us, always facing a different direction in pictures, and occasionally rumored to be dead.

You could fill an airlift to Africa with all the food generated by one dead Jew.

That last one is because I find it funny that I coincidentally read this book during Passover.