Mystery Thriller Week

Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with Morgan Talbot

Mystery Thriller Week, a celebration of the genre and its authors and readers, is underway 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, stories, and author interviews, pop over to mysterythrillerweek.com. In conjunction with the… Continue reading Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with Morgan Talbot

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

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

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

Classic Books · Screen Adaptations

What makes film adaptations work?

When I call film adaptations successful, what I usually mean is, they capture the tone, mood, and spirit of what I experience reading. So what does that mean, exactly?  Reading a great book makes me think and create. It invites me to make connections and, from those connections, to make meaning. It allows for ambiguity without… Continue reading What makes film adaptations work?