Reading Effort 2017

Reading Wrap-Up: December Reads

December reads? December rereads, more like. Six of the 10 books I read were books I’ve read before … in some cases multiple times. The holiday season is a time for nostalgia, apparently. December reads The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan This completed my 2017 rereading of the Percy… Continue reading Reading Wrap-Up: December Reads

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Why I’m rereading Harry Potter, again

I’ve mentioned before that I first discovered the Harry Potter series when I was looking for a children’s book to read in Greek. This is because reading children’s books is one way I maintain my language skills (or try to, anyway). The book engaged me so much that I ended up consuming it in one… Continue reading Why I’m rereading Harry Potter, again

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Do some books make better listens than reads?

My journey to embrace audiobooks has been a rousing success so far this year. Granted, we’re not quite three months in, but I’m hopeful. I’ve been thinking about the degree to which this may be a case of necessity being the mother of invention: My committed desire to really, really find an audiobook I could… Continue reading Do some books make better listens than reads?

Classic Books · The Reading Life

Hallelujah! I finally discovered audiobooks I love!

If I seem unduly excited about audiobooks, it’s been a long road: I’ve been trying to get into them for three years. This is because reading is my favorite pastime, but I also need to exercise. Or so they tell me. Ergo: Listen to audiobooks while exercising. A match made in heaven! Except … I like to… Continue reading Hallelujah! I finally discovered audiobooks I love!

Classic Books · Literary Lists

#BBAW: 5 books that inspired me to do and be better

Today I feel inspired by The Estella Society’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week, going on Feb. 15 – 19. The day one challenge: “Introduce yourself by telling us about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle.” I love this because it feels so impossible. At first, I couldn’t think of any books and… Continue reading #BBAW: 5 books that inspired me to do and be better

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

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Rediscovering (Almost) Forgotten Book Treasures

My friend Jessica Collins writes a beautiful column called “On the Children’s Shelf” over at Books, Ink. In it, she explores the value of reading children’s books (at any age) and shares the great books she discovers. After rediscovering a treasury of (almost) forgotten books last week, I asked Jessica if I could guest write today’s… Continue reading Rediscovering (Almost) Forgotten Book Treasures

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On Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and the Magical Number Seven

Seven (7). That is how many copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone live in my house. I mention this because if you’ve read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, you may recall that seven is a powerfully magical number. Do with this information what you will. Now then, how does one end up with seven copies of… Continue reading On Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and the Magical Number Seven