5 Star Predictions

Have you ever watched a movie or read a book that you knew you were going to love even before you started watching/reading it? One movie I knew I was going to love even before the opening credits started was the Oscar nominated foreign language film, Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulin, or simply Amélie.  Amelie is…

In Another Language #WIT

Love in any language, straight from the heart, pulls us all together, never apart, and once we learn to speak it, all the world can hear that love in any language is fluently spoken here. Those are lyrics to a song that came to mind when I started thinking of this topic. August, I recently…

Fight Like A YA Girl

Thank you Jay for inviting me to share my responses to the prompts listed below. I loved being tagged but this was challenging for me because he didn’t just ask me to discuss characters from any of the hundreds of novels I’ve read. Instead, this is very specifically, about female characters from Young Adult literature,…

Half Dozen

At press time, I’ve read almost 60 books so far in 2017. This year, in addition to tracking my reading on Goodreads (click to follow), I have a reading journal (that I haven’t been updating regularly but plan to get back to someday) and an Excel file on my computer where I record lots of…

Becoming Queen

How does one become known as an expert?  In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell popularized what has become known as the 10,000 theory – the idea that if you spend about 10K hours practicing a skill that you would have built up such expertise to master your craft. But it’s one thing to be an…

April Reads

April was a great month for reading. Winter lingered for most of the month so I spent a lot of my time indoors, with a book in hand. By the time the month ended, I’d finished 14 books; 7 Fiction and 7 Non-Fiction, which is how I like my split my reading time – entertainment…

Book Challenge by Erin 6.0 Results

One of my favorite reading challenges is one hosted by Erin. From her adopted home in Australia, she runs an awesome Facebook page that connects readers from all over the world. I have participated in this challenge before and completed it once so it’s great motivation to keep coming back and see if I can improve my stats….

Book Of The Day

There is no universal answer to the question, What is the meaning of life? For life means different things to different people on different days. There is simply no single answer to the question what is the best thing to do now. Everyone has their own vocation, their own skill, their own agenda. Our best move is…

Books To Avoid

Last week, I made a list of reasons to buy a book. This week, the ladies at Broke and Bookish asked what are the reasons I would choose not to read a book. Now, to be fair, I could read almost anything in the right circumstances. My reading taste is as varied as there are…

The 12 Commandments of Reading

When it comes to book etiquette, there are definitely some reading do’s and don’ts.  Like don’t dog-ear the pages, don’t bend the spine back so the covers touch. Don’t rip out the back pages to wrap your used gum. Don’t rip the cover off so you can take small sections of the book out. But nobody…

10 Reasons We Buy Books When We Could Read Them For Free

As an author myself, I wish I knew what makes other people choose a book. As you peruse the shelves in a bookstore, or click through the Books tab on Amazon, there are hundreds, thousands, millions of titles even, to choose from. What makes you whittle down the choices and select one from the milieu,…