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

Mystery Thriller Week

Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with author Elena Hartwell

Mystery Thriller Week is a celebration (of the aforementioned) 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 over to mysterythrillerweek.com. As an… Continue reading Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with author Elena Hartwell

The Reading Life

Would you want to erase your memories of favorite books?

Last month, I saw the attached photo 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… Continue reading Would you want to erase your memories of favorite books?

Classic Books

Modern Wisdom from Classic Books: The Human Condition

Hopefully, we’ve all had at least one moment when we’ve meet someone and thought, “I can’t believe how much we have in common!” These moments can inspire feeling seen, validated, affirmed. They can make us feel less alone, more connected. Here is at least one person out of the billions on this planet who *gets*… Continue reading Modern Wisdom from Classic Books: The Human Condition