Shona Patel

Books Across Time and Borders

It’s hard not to dream about running away to another time or place during these bleak winter months. Though it’s starting to stay light out a teensy bit longer and March is creeping just around the corner, if you still feel a little stir-crazy from being cooped up by the snow and/or cold, escape reality with… Read More »

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Books and Beverages: Summer Edition

Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a good book and a steaming cup of tea in the afternoon—but what about other drink options, especially in the middle of a hot August day? Pick a book and beverage combo below, and quench your literary thirst, summer style!   With iced coffee, try… The Silence of Bonaventure… Read More »

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When Setting Is Everything

The most absorbing novels necessarily combine a few key ingredients: compelling characters, page-turning plot, compulsively readable narrative…and the list goes on. Though not always crucial to a book’s success, the setting is one of the ingredients that can transform a good story into an unforgettable reading experience. Here’s a list of books where setting plays… Read More »

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Vacation Reads for Every Destination – Whether You’re Traveling This Summer or Not

The perfect vacation read is a story that takes you away without taxing you. It mimics travel with its dual purpose of fostering both relaxation and a sense of adventure, while fully immersing you in a great story. Books are magic because they transport you to a time, a place and a situation that can… Read More »

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