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
It felt like a slow month of reading for me. For good reason: It was. With six books read, July was my slowest month of reading this year. And it’s even slower than it looks since I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in one day, that day being July 31. On the upside,… Continue reading The unabridged list of books I read in July
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
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?
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!
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
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
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
A few years back, a dear friend of mine was going through a scary hard time. Since we don’t live in the same town or even state, I couldn’t drop by her house to dispense hugs and warm treats. So instead, I put together a care package of things I hoped would bring her refuge.
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