The way I put it in the title makes it sounds as if I literally became an e-reader. Like I’m in a Franz Kafka story, but instead of waking up as a cockroach, I woke up one morning as a Nook GlowLight Plus. Maybe that would make a good 21st century reboot, now I think… Continue reading The not-so-secret reason I became an e-reader
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
Last month, I saw this picture about books and memories: I immediately began thinking of the books I’d want to experience for the first time. These included my favorite books from childhood, the Harry Potter series, A Tale of Two Cities and David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, among endless others. But when I though about… Continue reading Would you want to erase your memories of favorite books?
I’m a strong believer in having more than one book going at a time. It gives me options. If one book is super heavy (metaphorically speaking), the other book can provide a mood change. Or if one book is quite sad or sends my brain into overdrive, I can have a lighter book to read… Continue reading Do you read more than one book at a time?
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
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
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
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
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
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