Nerd Alert

For many, with age comes wisdom. For me, with age comes fandom. I've always liked many geek-culture. My next-door neighbors and I watched Star Wars after school almost every day, rewinding to the part where C3PO falls off the cliff over and over again. One of the first "adult" books I ever read was Hitchhikers Guide to … Continue reading Nerd Alert

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Book Review: The Belles

The Review: I am obsessed with Dhonielle Clayton's The Belles, and I know the world will be, too. A quick summary: Set in Orléans (a city very much French regency meets old-school New Orleans), beauty is a limited commodity. Camellia Beauregard is a Belle, a class of magical women who can sculpt and perfect the mood … Continue reading Book Review: The Belles

September Wrap-Up

Reading Life Total Books Read: 12 Audiobooks: 7 Books outside of my typical genres: 7 Best of the Month: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (forthcoming in 2018 and oh so worth putting on your to-read stack) and The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi. Also adored meeting Flavia de Luce in The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie. This month I tried … Continue reading September Wrap-Up

August Wrap-Up

Reading Life Total Books Read: 15 ARCs: 4 Audiobooks: 6 Books I read this Month that I can't stop recommending: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson Best of the Month, which I also highly recommend: The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin-(I can't believe this trilogy is over!) and And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini … Continue reading August Wrap-Up

Book Review: ARTEMIS by Andy Weir

The Review: I nearly bailed on this one-- but am glad I didn't. Like many readers, I was blown away by THE MARTIAN. With such a huge breakout book, a second book has high expectations. What this book isn't: like THE MARTIAN in theme or character What this book is: a rouge-ish caper for the … Continue reading Book Review: ARTEMIS by Andy Weir

The Resolute Hope of Sunflowers

This past spring, I dug up six feet of sod to plant sunflowers. Like a good homeowner who doesn't want to get electrocuted, I called the power company first. Once the utility lines were spray painted, I set to digging, planting, and watering. And watering. And watering. It's been a dry, hot summer in the … Continue reading The Resolute Hope of Sunflowers

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