November Wrap-Up

Reading Life Total books read: 10 Books read for 2017 so far:  144 Couldn't stop listening to the audiobook: Righteous by Joe Ide and a re-listen of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (and I haven't reread a book in years-- so glad I did.) Nonfiction topics explored: insect sex in Sex on Six Legs by Marlene Zuk and US history and … Continue reading November Wrap-Up

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NaNoWriMo Check-In: Part II

Alright, friends. I'm back from my break with the internet and staying accountable with the goals I set, which were: Stay off of social media until Saturday this week: check Write 15,000 words of NaNo project from 11/16-11/24: almost, but not quite. broke the 12k mark and over 40k total on the novel! Grade 30 … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Check-In: Part II

NaNo Check-In

Hi from the NaNoWriMo/research paper grading trenches that I've got set up. Notice the empty glasses of egg nog and crumpled bags of Chex Mix. It's fall break for me this week, and I've set some goals. To keep accountable, I posted them on Twitter and will repeat them here. Stay off of social media … Continue reading NaNo Check-In

October Wrap-Up

Reading Life Total Books Read: 17* *(please note some of these were middle-grade and one of them was a graphic novel. Still, pretty happy about making to-read stack progress this month.) Scottish time-travel novels I finished reading that I have a lot of opinions on: 1 (if you want to hear them, I'd be more than happy … Continue reading October Wrap-Up

Southern-Set Book Pairings to Try

It's funny how books end up accidentally being in conversation with one another, just because you happened to pick them at the right time. Those accidental connections and conversations between texts are some of my favorite things about reading, so I have a few suggestions for book pairings if you're stuck in a reading rut. … Continue reading Southern-Set Book Pairings to Try

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

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