Mystery Thriller Week

Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with Edwin Herbert

Mystery Thriller Week, a celebration of the genre and its authors and readers, is officially underway and runs through February 22. If you’ve done the math, yes, it’s 10 rather than the usual seven days. It’s a super-sized week for a super-sized genre. For more information about the event, pop over to mysterythrillerweek.com. In conjunction… Continue reading Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with Edwin Herbert

Classic Books · Literary Lists · Seasonal Reading

5 bookish expressions of ardent affection, or love

On love day a few years ago, I got a hearty chuckle reading an article in which Hugh Grant pronounces the prepackaged romance of Valentine’s Day “repugnant.” I mean, that’s a bit hyperbolic, isn’t it? I would have gone with “revolting,” personally. Oh, I kid. I kid … sort of. We have a day to celebrate… Continue reading 5 bookish expressions of ardent affection, or love

Mystery Thriller Week

Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with Joynell Schultz

Mystery Thriller Week, a celebration of the genre and its authors and readers, is officially underway and runs through February 22. If you’ve done the math, yes, it’s 10 rather than the usual seven days. It’s a super-sized week for a super-sized genre. For more information about the event, pop over to mysterythrillerweek.com. In conjunction… Continue reading Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with Joynell Schultz

Classic Books

Rereading Jane Eyre: Why it’s good to read books we don’t *like*

I first read Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre in graduate school. It was during an ill-advised semester I’d registered for two courses on novels and a third on literary theory. Some weeks, my required reading hovered around 2,500 pages. I constructed elaborate reading schedules derived by dividing the week’s required pages by my average page-per-hour count.… Continue reading Rereading Jane Eyre: Why it’s good to read books we don’t *like*

The Reading Life

Thoughts on reading book 11 in 44 Scotland Street

Back in October, I was excited to learn that a book 11 in Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street series existed. Finishing book 10 in September had left me feeling melancholy. I’d thought it was the last one. To find out just a few weeks later that an eleventh book existed felt a little like… Continue reading Thoughts on reading book 11 in 44 Scotland Street

Mystery Thriller Week

Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with author Paul Russell Parker III

Mystery Thriller Week is a celebration of the genre and its authors and readers that runs from February 12 – 22. If you’re keeping score, yes, that’s a bit longer than one calendar week. With so many genres-within-the-genre, authors, and readers, seven days just didn’t seem enough time. For more information about the event, pop… Continue reading Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with author Paul Russell Parker III

Classic Books · Literary Lists

Happy birthday, Charles Dickens!

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812. That makes today the 205th anniversary of his birth. (Impressive math skills, eh?) Twenty-four years later, Dickens would write The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist, at the same time. At the same time! He’s estimated to have created over 13,000 characters. Basically, that would populate a medium-sized town!

Mystery Thriller Week

Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with author D. M. Barr

Mystery Thriller Week is a celebration of the genre and its authors and readers that runs from February 12 – 22. If you’re keeping score, yes, that’s a bit longer than one calendar week. With so many genres-within-the-genre, authors, and readers, seven days just didn’t seem enough time. For more information about the event, pop… Continue reading Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with author D. M. Barr

Mystery Thriller Week

Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with Marie Jones

Mystery Thriller Week is a celebration of the genre and its authors and readers that runs from February 12 – 22. If you’re keeping score, yes, that’s a bit longer than one calendar week. With so many genres-within-the-genre, authors, and readers, seven days just didn’t seem enough time. For more information about the event, pop… Continue reading Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with Marie Jones

Reading Effort 2017

Reading my own books in 2017: January reads

This month, every book I read came from my existing library. I’m going to savor that for a minute… [*dramatic pause*] This is the first month since making the conscious decision to read my own books that all my reads were my own. Of course, I must thank Andi of Estella’s Revenge for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks and… Continue reading Reading my own books in 2017: January reads