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…

Unique Reads

Every story is different but read enough of a genre and sometimes novels seem to blend into each other. However, from time to time, I encounter books that stand out in some way – not just that the characters are different but that the author used some literary element or creative means to achieve a truly memorable…

The Barrowfields

Henry Aster, Senior, is a bookworm in a town where books are considered oddities and no one understands his passion for the written word. When he leaves home to fulfill his dream of  becoming a writer, he has no plan to return but fate, and a sick relative, eventually draw him back to his Appalachian mountain hometown. When he moves…

10 Quick Reads

I often get asked how I read so much. Sure, I enjoy a really great epic saga but many books are short enough that if you are prepared to sit and read for two to three hours, you can finish it in one sitting. That’s the equivalent of watching an average length movie. It’s easier if…

2016 Winter Reading Challenge Results

Twice each year, Megan hosts a reading challenge – a summer challenge and this winter game that runs from November to the end of January. I’ve participated before and really enjoyed it, because even when I didn’t complete all the requirements, it was fun pushing myself to try to work off a reading list and I met some…

2016 Winter Reading Challenge TBR

Cold weather like today’s means the winter reading challenges are near. I am doing this one by Megan that starts on November 1st and goes to January 31, 2017. If you’re in the mood for a reading challenge, click to sign up too. Challenge Categories: 5 points: Book that is at least 150 pages long – Interpreter…

Summer Reading For Adults

On July 1st, book-lovers from all over the world will hit the ground reading. The reason? It’s the start of Book Challenge by Erin 5.0. I’ve found reading challenges to be quite effective in pushing me to read something I might not otherwise choose, as well as helping me to increase my reading frequency and my…

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Someone challenged me to a duel. It wasn’t a duel with swords, but that’s what it felt like. My cousin challenged me to see how many books I had read from a list of 100 African-American authors. The list was hosted on a reading challenge website and while I was delving into it, I stumbled upon…

2015 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

In January, I signed up for POPSUGAR’s 2015 Reading Challenge to read 50 books that matched the criteria listed below. I read way more than 50 books but I didn’t finish the challenge. Here’s why: In 2015, I read a lot more Non-fiction than usual but only 3 of my NF reads counted towards this challenge….

What Do The French Really Have Over Us?

For centuries, French women have been admired and imitated. When I was in my early twenties, I watched Meg Ryan in the movie French Kiss, competing (but not really) with a French woman she had lost her fiancé to. Back then, I wondered why the quirky, funny, blond, beautiful character Meg played just seemed to accept her fate?…

Summer Reading Challenge 

I love participating in Megan‘s Summer Reading Challenge which runs from May 1st to August 31st. Book challenges are fun, it’s great to start even if they’re often a doozy to finish – there’s usually one or two categories that just seem impossible to complete. Here’s how I did this time: 5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits…

I might have been poisoned

I’ve been poisoned. There’s just no other explanation for how I’m feeling today. At 2:00 on Monday afternoon, I am finally, finally coming up from a long sleep-wake-hydrate-sleep-wake-eat-sleep-wake cycle. My blood feels like it’s sludge. My head feels like someone took a hammer to it. I’m hot and it’s not because it’s warm outside. I must…