Hello everyone, and a happy summer to all! The sun is shining, birds are singing—and of course, there is news to discuss. Before jumping in, I’d like to note some news close to home: it’s Book Week here on SparkLife! So, before beginning,... More →
If you’re anything like me, Father’s Day is just another day (on top of Christmas and his birthday) during which you realize your dad is some kind of superhuman without material wants or needs. You’ll think long and hard, and you’ll scour the stores, and... More →
Writer Jonathan Franzen made headlines awhile back when he dissed eBooks, saying they don’t have the same degree of permanence as plain ol’ books. When books are in electronic format, he said, it “always feels like we could delete that, change that, move it around...”... More →
You know when you’re nearing the end of a really good book and you think you have lots left to read, only to discover a heap of blank pages instead? Yeah, we’ve all been mercilessly tricked by the Flyleaves (code name for blank pages) at... More →
DUDES: I have a sneaking suspicion that Stephenie Meyer has hacked into the SparkLife mainframe (which is actually just a cardboard box painted to look like a computer and filled with Snickers wrappers, Harry Potter stickers, and my various failed attempts at hand-whittled wands) and... More →
If you Google "best-selling books of all time" (as I did before writing this post) you will discover a frustrating lack of hard data or consistency, and soon find yourself (as I did) flicking spoonfuls of sausage gravy at your monitor.
Why is it so hard... More →
My problem isn't serious, but it's still freaking me out, and I can't go to my mom because she'll just freak out too and ultimately not help me. It all started a few weeks ago when I found a yellowish hair in my bed.... More →
Mademoiselle History Buff here, reporting from my AP Euro class at my girls’ high school. This is the kind of class where I was freaked out before we started, because, hey, isn’t Euro the impossible AP? Especially when you’re a sophomore? And well, ummm…….
9:15—I walk... More →
Jules Feiffer titled his 1995 masterpiece of madcap fantasy all too perfectly.
In "The Night of the Frogs"—the book's fake fifth chapter, which is slipped discretely into the narrative to trick a shady hunter who "refused to leave this book when he should have" at the... More →