The Reading Life

I started a “want to read” list on Goodreads & now I’m scared

I promised myself I wouldn’t do it: I promised myself I wouldn’t overwhelm myself by curating a “want to read” list on Goodreads. And now I’ve gone and done it. Admission: I didn’t use Goodreads much ever before this year. I had an account, but it was like… via GIPHY If I did visit Goodreads,… Continue reading I started a “want to read” list on Goodreads & now I’m scared

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Modern Wisdom from Classic Literature: Book Reviews

What is the function of book reviews? Is it to “save” people from a “bad” art experience? Can bad art exist? If it’s art, isn’t it, by definition, beautiful? Otherwise, wouldn’t it be failed art or attempted art or, you know, just … not art? Recently, I read a time travel novel for middle grade… Continue reading Modern Wisdom from Classic Literature: Book Reviews

Reading Challenge 2016 · Reviews

The unabridged list of books I read in November

I can hardly believe we’ve arrived at the last month of 2016. My quest to read my own books is almost over, and I feel like it just began. Also, my tally of books read from my existing library reflects that. Ha. I might need to keep it for 2017. It’s that or descend into… Continue reading The unabridged list of books I read in November

Readathon 2016

Updated: I will be Thankfully Reading this weekend

Thankfully Reading – the readathon hosted by Jenn’s Bookshelves over the holiday weekend – wrapped up yesterday. And you know what that means: It’s stock-taking time. Between family time and the Gilmore Girls revival, reading had some competition this weekend. I loved having the incentive to carve out pockets of time to read. My final book tally: I finished… Continue reading Updated: I will be Thankfully Reading this weekend

Reviews

On Reading “The Time Machine” by H. G. Wells

Though time travel novels are a favorite of mine, I’d not, until last week, read the one that started them all: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. It’s one of the few time travel novels I can recall reading in which the main character travels to the future. Reading it made me realize how… Continue reading On Reading “The Time Machine” by H. G. Wells

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Modern Wisdom from Classic Literature, Part 1

Years ago, when I was trying to shape my dissertation study, I had the “brilliant” idea to study how reading changes us. I’d been a reader for as long as I could remember. I recognized that the books I’d read throughout my life, in school and out, have shaped the way I think and act… Continue reading Modern Wisdom from Classic Literature, Part 1

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What is Mystery Thriller Week? A Q&A with Benjamin Thomas

As a kid, I loved reading mysteries. In adulthood, I somehow drifted away from the genre, until a friend told me about a must-read series: M. C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth murder mysteries. “You will love them,” she promised. I tentatively waded into the first book and … she was 100 percent correct. Hamish Macbeth has become one… Continue reading What is Mystery Thriller Week? A Q&A with Benjamin Thomas

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The unabridged list of books read in October

October was a fab reading month! I enjoyed diving into contemporary literary fiction, fantasy fiction for young readers, a memoir, a nonfiction book, a classic, and some YA. Quite an eclectic month! Books I read: The following is one of my longest tallies this year. Actually, it might be my longest. Then again, quite a… Continue reading The unabridged list of books read in October

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Why I picked this book: Pancakes in Paris

Sometimes, we choose books for reasons so personal, it seems no marketing algorithm could possibly account for them. A few weeks ago, I was rushing through Barnes and Noble on a mission: Get coffee before class. I could go to Starbucks, which is, actually, a little closer to where I teach. But then I wouldn’t… Continue reading Why I picked this book: Pancakes in Paris