January Reads

From here on out, on the last day of each month I will be posting a re-cap of the books I read during that month. My (seemingly unattainable) goal is to read 50 books this year — speaking of, you should check out Katie’s 50 Book Challenge blog — so this will be a little way to track my progress.

It’s been a slow month. With getting back into the swing of school and work, I haven’t had a ton of time for reading. (I hate when people say they “don’t have time” for the things they want to do, though — post on that coming soon.) I only got the entire way through two books! Continue reading

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World Book Night

Held for the first time in the UK in 2011, World Book Night will be celebrated in the US this year! On April 23, tens of thousands of people will go out into their communities and share the joy of reading by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks to those who do not read much (or at all) or who don’t have ready access to books. I know April 23 is still a bit far off, but keep reading! I swear, this is time relevant!

This year, 30 books have been selected, with a total of 1 million special edition, not-for-resale books being printed. Titles represent a wide range of literature — fiction and nonfiction, young adult, literary and commercial — and include I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Friday Night Lights, The Hunger Games, The Kite Runner, and The Book Thief. Continue reading

On The Awakening and Spending Time Alone

The Awakening by Kate ChopinI recently finished reading The Awakening for my Modern American Lit class, and I really loved it.  Apart from being revolutionary for it’s time — a woman who has sex out of wedlock and doesn’t get pregnant? What?! — it’s really beautifully written.

Take my favorite line from the novel. As Edna begins distancing herself from her husband and abandoning her womanly duties, she takes to walking through the streets of New Orleans, enjoying the sunlight and the warm fresh air. Chopin writes,

“She discovered many a sunny, sleepy corner, fashioned to dream in. And she found it good to dream and to be alone and unmolested.” Continue reading

Ten Books to Look for in 2012

Okay, this list is coming a bit late, seeing as it’s the end of January and most lists of the sort were posted a month ago. But I’m just getting this blog up and running again, so bear with me!

Reading through some “most anticipated books for 2012” lists, I’ve gotten pretty excited about this year’s literary offerings. There are (what seem to be) some pretty kick-ass novels (and a few non-fiction works) being published this year! Continue reading

Hello Fellow Bibliophiles!

Welcome to Books Speak Volumes!

I’m a college student in the wonderful town of Buffalo, NY and, as you can probably guess, an avid fan of the written word.

With this blog, I aim to inform readers about many different issues concerning the place books hold in today’s society, make some recommendations, and post a few reviews. Feel free to leave comments on any posts. One of the greatest things about literature is its ability to circulate ideas and spark discussions — I would love for this blog to be a forum for such conversations!