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

Classic Books · Reading Challenge 2016

The unabridged list of books I read in September

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

Classic Books · Reading Challenge 2016

Wednesday Reading Roundup: September 14

When I last updated my reading activity, I was roaring through Nathan Hill’s The Nix. The image of Scotty comes to mind: “I’m givin’ her all she’s got, Captain!” (Confession: I actually had to Google that Star Trek reference). I plowed through the novel and then regretted doing so because it ended too soon. And… Continue reading Wednesday Reading Roundup: September 14

Reading Challenge 2016

Wednesday Reading Roundup: July 20

A funny reader moment happened to me last week when I got together with one of my favorite cousins. “I remember how you used to devour books,” he said, as we reminisced about our childhood. “You’d carry around these big books. I’d ask you how far along you’d gotten, and you’d say, ‘I finished it.’” I have no recollection… Continue reading Wednesday Reading Roundup: July 20

Reading Challenge 2016

Wednesday reading roundup: June 8

This week has been a bear. And I don’t mean a cute, Winnie-the-Pooh-getting-stuck-in-a-doorjamb-because-he-ate-too-much-honey bear. It’s been a giant, hungry, roaring, why-did-you-wake-me-up-from-my-hibernation bear of a week. All this is to say, reading time has been scarce. I’ve gotten some listening in while walking and driving, and I managed a few chapters before sleepy time most nights… Continue reading Wednesday reading roundup: June 8

Literary Lists

5 New Books to Look for in February

New month, new books! In the interest of pursuing my 2016 reading challenge to read the books I own, I’m restricting new purchases. I’m only buying books I’ll read in the near future. Or (*clears throat*) trying to, anyway. (January results were slightly less than stellar.) Still, that doesn’t mean I can’t keep a running… Continue reading 5 New Books to Look for in February

Classic Books · Literary Lists

Bookish Literary Characters: A Baker’s Dozen

We have quite a snowstorm underway here in New England. Outside my window, it’s all blankets of white draped across the landscape, swirling winds and snow. It makes me think of gingerbread houses encased in a snow globe. In other words, it’s the perfect day to curl up under a cozy blanket with a good book and… Continue reading Bookish Literary Characters: A Baker’s Dozen

Classic Books · Seasonal Reading

A Poem for New Year’s Eve: “Auld Lang Syne” by Robert Burns

This month, I read three thoroughly enjoyable novels set in Edinburgh, all by Alexander McCall Smith – Sunshine on Scotland Street, Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers, and The Sunday Philosophy Club. One name repeatedly invoked by characters is Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet and the creative mind behind a refrain familiar to New Year’s eve… Continue reading A Poem for New Year’s Eve: “Auld Lang Syne” by Robert Burns