Many thanks to Taking on a World of Words for hosting WWW Wednesday! Follow the link to read more about it, and be prepared to discover buckets of new books. Thanks also to Coffee and Cats for introducing me to WWW Wednesday! What are you currently reading? After finishing Pancakes in Paris, I returned to Pym by Mat Johnson.… Continue reading WWW Wednesday: October 19
It felt distinctly like autumn today in my New England town. The temperatures have settled into the neighborhood of the 60s. There was a light breeze gently tugging golden leaves off their branches, sending them skipping and swirling. On these days, the word “blustery” comes to mind. It’s a blustery day, I’ll think. The word always invites… Continue reading Happy 90th birthday, Winnie-the-Pooh!
WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Follow the link to read more about it, and be prepared to expand your to-be-read list! A special shout-out to Coffee and Cats for introducing me to WWW Wednesday. What are you currently reading? I’m getting over a terrible cold that knocked me flat on my back… Continue reading WWW Wednesday: October 12
Reading challenges make me nervous. They can create a competitive dynamic where it’s unnecessary and unproductive. They can set expectations that, if not met, cultivate feelings of failure that drain the pleasure from reading. Who needs that kind of negativity, especially from an activity that one engages in by choice, presumably for pleasure and enrichment?… Continue reading 2016 Reading Challenges: The Quarterly Report
At the end Elif Batuman’s memoir The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, she writes—and I promise this won’t spoil the book should you choose to read it: “If I could start over today, I would choose literature again. If the answers exist in the world or in the universe, I… Continue reading Happy National Poetry Day!
Looking at my September book tally makes me realize just how quickly the month flew by and how busy I was. All this is to say: I didn’t find nearly as much time for reading as I would have preferred. No matter, though. A successful reading month (or year) isn’t measured by how many books I… Continue reading The unabridged list of books I read in September
This week’s reading adventures have been classic (pun intended). I dedicated myself to The Odyssey this week and finally moved it to the read column. And I started The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. For the weekly inspiration of WWW Wednesday, many thanks again to Taking on a World of Words for hosting it and to Coffee and… Continue reading Wednesday reading roundup: September 28
Yesterday, I mentioned to my love the title of a book I wanted to read. His response: “If it’s a book, assume we already own it.” Ha. Ha. “What if it’s a new release?” I replied. He came back with, “You probably pre-ordered it. We probably already have two copies.” Ah, he knows me so… Continue reading Wednesday reading roundup: September 21
This week, I’ve been mulling over whether reading is primarily a lifestyle or primarily a cultural pursuit. Writing that sentence annoyed me. Because why must it be either/or? These false binaries are, irritatingly, everywhere. However, for the sake of filing newspaper stories, practical decisions have to be made. Does a story on, for example, hot new releases… Continue reading The Reading Life: Lifestyle or cultural pursuit?
“You know what the ancients said…” Growing up, I heard this phrase more times than I can count. The “ancients” referred to the ancient Greek philosophers, poets, playwrights, etc. I don’t know if this is true in all Greek families, but in mine, ancient wisdom was standard fare. One bit I remember my dad repeating (and… Continue reading Homer’s The Odyssey: How I chose which translation to read