My Nine Most Reread Books for #BookLoversDay

I'm a firm believer in rereading. Right now, in fact, I'm rereading the tail end of the Harry Potter series as a final sendoff for the summer. Here's a list of my most reread books: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak  My father still can recite this book to me, word by word. … Continue reading My Nine Most Reread Books for #BookLoversDay

July Wrap-Up

Reading and Writing Life Number of books read this month:  11 Number of books read this year: 90 Best of the Month: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Number of books bought this month: redacted for embarrassment reasons I have little self-control where my books are concerned I'm reading … Continue reading July Wrap-Up

Library Book Sale Love

Stopped by a library book sale recently and picked up too many  just enough new books. The money all goes to the library, right, so it's half good deed and half "I need to get rid of some old books  build more bookshelves" fervor. (I'm officially done with strike through for this post, so don't fear.) Walking … Continue reading Library Book Sale Love

June Wrap-Up

Reading Life Total Books Read: 16 ARCs: 5 Books by women: 10 Books read for the first time for "classics month" in one book club: The Cherry Orchard, Of Mice and Men Books read with multiple POVs for another book club for this month: Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi, When the Moon was Ours  by Anna-Marie Lemore, Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, Spoonbenders  by … Continue reading June Wrap-Up

Book Review: Spoonbenders

The Review: The Amazing Telemachus Family was disgraced on national TV years ago and hasn't been the same since. A generation later, and minus the family matriarch, Teddy and his now-grown children Irene, Frankie, and Buddy view their psychic gifts as more curse than blessing. Add into the works a mob boss calling in his … Continue reading Book Review: Spoonbenders

How I Got my Agent

I remember reading approximately three thousand "How I Got my Agent" posts while querying. Reading them made me feel so much less alone and more hopeful, so here's my contribution to the genre. Baby Author + Baby Three years ago, and shortly after my son turned one, I decided I needed to do something empowering … Continue reading How I Got my Agent

Book Review: The Lying Game

The Review: Four friends from boarding school share a common secret, but how long can something stay hidden in a small town, especially if that something is a body? Fifteen years after their expected graduation date, Isa receives an urgent text from her friend Kate. When she and the others rush to Kate's side, they … Continue reading Book Review: The Lying Game

May Wrap-Up

Reading Life Books read in May: 15 Books for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: 3 ARCs read/reviewed this month: 4 Letters Left for ABC Reading Challenge:  3 (Q, X, Z). Still open to recommendations for books with titles that start with those letters! Post in the comments if you have some good ones. Books that made me … Continue reading May Wrap-Up

Book Review: How to Survive a Summer

The Review   Five boys went in, but only four came out. Ten years ago, Will Dillard's preacher father put him in a "homosexual rehabilitation" camp which ended tragically. Now, Will is distanced from his family, but firm in his identity. Life seems to be falling into place as a film student when suddenly a … Continue reading Book Review: How to Survive a Summer