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,


Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

I’d like to take this time to wish Dr. Seuss a “happy birthday.” Even from the grave he leaves his mark on everyone who reads his books. Thanks for bringing us Whoville, thneeds and cats in hats. Oh, most importantly, thanks for bringing us green eggs and ham as the perfect food to eat on St. Patrick’s Day!

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” – Dr. Seuss

Fun fact about Dr. Seuss: Have you ever wondered why “Green Eggs and Ham” is so repetitive? You could have simply passed it off as Seuss being Seuss, but it was actually the result of a dare/bet between him and his publisher. After the “Cat in the Hat” had only about 200 different words in it, he bet Seuss that he couldn’t write a book with fewer words. So, he wrote the whole thing with only 50 different words.

Introduction Post

Hi all!

So, to introduce myself, I’m a journalism student at the University of Florida and, according to my mom, an aspiring J.K. Rowling. I’m starting this book blog so I can get back to what I love — reading and writing without a test coming up.

Starting soon, I’ll review books — old and new, popular and unknown (whatever Alachua County Libraries can supply). I’ll try my best to both keep you all entertained and up-to-date with the latest news in the book world.

So, without further ado….


Will post my first review soon!

“The stories we love best do live in us forever.” – J.K. Rowling