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

Permission to Stay Cozy

This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: PERMISSION Friday was National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day. Seems to me we’ve been living National Wear Your Pajamas to Work YEAR! When California declared stay-at-home orders in March 2020 due to the global pandemic, I lost my job. I stopped sleeping, which meant I had … Continue reading Permission to Stay Cozy

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

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

Reading: September 2020

I anticipated that my reading would slow down as we progressed into fall. Helping my kiddo manage his school load, plus adding a grad-level writing class of my own, has meant less time devoted to whatever strikes my fancy. However, there were also a couple of hits-and-misses that went back to the library, one forever … Continue reading Reading: September 2020

Reading: August 2020 Pt2

You guys, it's serious... My right thumb swelled up. It hurts to bend it. I don't remember bumping it on anything; could it be from practicing yoga? It has no visible bruising, but it shook so that I have to put it under my Kindle while I'm reading and use my left hand to swipe...to … Continue reading Reading: August 2020 Pt2

Reading: August 2020 Pt1

In January I set a goal through the Goodreads reading challenge to read 55 books this year. Reading four to five books each month seemed doable. Not a pushing-myself challenge, but something to keep me on track. Here it is mid-August and I have completed the challenge: I've read 55 books, with more in progress, … Continue reading Reading: August 2020 Pt1

Reading: July 2020 Pt2

I normally read a lot on vacation, and this year I didn't even have to pack and travel to accomplish that "more than usual" book consumption. Staying home I had more time than ever! Book titles link to Amazon for more info + easy purchasing. Please note: As an Amazon Associate, I may earn from … Continue reading Reading: July 2020 Pt2