Reading Effort 2017

Reading wrap-up: May reads and purchases

Well, our May reads are in the history books. Or at least in our Goodreads “read” file. I can hardly believe how quickly this year is flying by! All of the books I read this month related either to the Gilmore Girls reading challenge we’re doing at Books, Ink or my personal project to read… Continue reading Reading wrap-up: May reads and purchases

Classic Books · Reading Challenge 2016

Updated – Reading time: The When Are You Reading? Challenge

My first year participating in the When Are You Reading? challenge hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words is officially completed. And I’m happy to report I was able to read books set in or written in each time period represented in the challenge. When I joined it in June, I had three… Continue reading Updated – Reading time: The When Are You Reading? Challenge

Readathon 2016

Bout of Books: Book in a Song Challenge & Update

Today’s Bout of Books Challenge is hosted by Janey Canuck. As you may have divined from the title of this post, the challenge is to write about a song you connect with a book. That’s an easy one for me. One of my favorite books inspired one of my favorite songs: Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita… Continue reading Bout of Books: Book in a Song Challenge & Update

Reading Challenge 2016

Ramping up my reading challenge in May

My reading challenge has been my anchor during a busy first third of 2016. It has flown by in a haze of events, assignments, responsibilities, new experiences. In other words: life. Through this rush, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks has kept me focused without putting inordinate pressure on me to read a set number of books by a set… Continue reading Ramping up my reading challenge in May

Classic Books · Reading Challenge 2016

The unabridged list of books I read in April

Am I really already talking about the books I read in April? Yes, the same incredulity that possessed me at the beginning of last month. This year is flying by at the speed of sound (or is it light?). This month saw my highest “read” tally all year, thanks in large part to Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. My… Continue reading The unabridged list of books I read in April

Classic Books · The Reading Life

What I learned from reading a big book

Earlier this week, I wrote about a big book that I doubt I will ever read cover to cover, in the process arguing, essentially, so what? Since I don’t want to give the impressive that I believe it’s always okay to abandon or only partially read big books, today, I want to argue for reading them all the… Continue reading What I learned from reading a big book

Classic Books · Reading Challenge 2016 · Reviews

The unabridged list of what I read in February

February delivered what feels suspiciously like a reading slump, but not exactly. I say “not exactly” because I’m still reading (what else is there to do? I have few other interests, really). But I’m distracted and a little bit restless. #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks felt like my anchor and inspiration this month. When I struggled to focus on what the heck… Continue reading The unabridged list of what I read in February

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

Reading Challenge 2016 · Reviews

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: “The Marvels” by Brian Selznick

As previously mentioned, the hashtag #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks captured my attention in a big way. It inspired me to take a good look at how many books I own that I have not yet read, and the results were sobering. Which is to say: I own too many books that I have not yet read, and it’s… Continue reading #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: “The Marvels” by Brian Selznick