Summer Reading 2021

School starts for my son tomorrow - senior year already? - which means summer is over for us even though technically summer lasts another six weeks. Also, it's #NationalBookLoversDay, so it seems like a good time to share all the books I've read this summer. Since I've read a stack, I'll list them in star … Continue reading Summer Reading 2021

Reading: May 2021

Ooh, have I read some good books this month! And school's out here so now we're on to summer, which means it's time to stock up on summer reading. How do you pick what you'll read next? I maintain my Goodreads "to read" queue as well as a holds list from our library. I usually … Continue reading Reading: May 2021

Reading: April 2021

Last month I told you I would share some delicious books that I began reading but couldn't finish in March. They wouldn't be devoured. They insisted on being savored, slowly, bite by delicious bite. You might want to wait until next Lent to read Where the Eye Alights by Marilyn McEntyre, though you sure don't … Continue reading Reading: April 2021

Reading: March 2021

Two novels and two memoirs. That's all I have to share this month, but that is not all I read. I began reading some delicious books in March that would not be devoured, that insisted on slow savoring. I'm looking forward to sharing them with you in the April edition of this reading series. What … Continue reading Reading: March 2021

Reading: February 2021

Do you always finish reading the books you start? I read three chapters of Kristin Hannah's Firefly Lane - almost word-for-word the one episode of the Netflix series I watched - and returned it to the library. Maybe if I hadn't seen the show I'd have stuck with the book, but I didn't want to … Continue reading Reading: February 2021

Lent 2021 Bookstack

As much as I love books, I don’t often post cover pictures. Partly because I’ve been reading on my Kindle, and it's difficult to take a picture of a digital bookstack. And partly because I don’t post until I’m done reading and know what I want to say about the book(s). However, I have no … Continue reading Lent 2021 Bookstack

Reading: January 2021

My reading year started strong with two non-fiction books that offer important, striking social criticism, both 5 stars in my opinion. I finished out the month with four novels, the best of which was a book I hadn't expected to read (Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld). What books have surprised you recently? Book titles link to … Continue reading Reading: January 2021

Grief Balms: Snow Globes & Beauty Emergencies

Grief seems to be at every corner this year. Many of us have shared occasions for grief, such as illness and death, the loss of normalcy, shuttered shops and closed schools, dwindling dollars in our bank accounts, isolation and loneliness. Most of us also have personal reasons for grief. For two weeks I haven’t left … Continue reading Grief Balms: Snow Globes & Beauty Emergencies

Books Make the Best Gifts – Holiday 2020

I just finished reading my 74th book in 2020. Way back in January, or what feels like eight years ago now, I set a goal to read 55 books; Goodreads tells me I'm at 135% of that goal--and I'm not done yet! Still, it's time to purchase holiday gifts and I have some readers on … Continue reading Books Make the Best Gifts – Holiday 2020