Looking Back at the ALA Mid-Winter Conference

I spent 4 days at the mid-winter conference for the American Library Association.  It was easy to go this year as it was right in my city: Boston.  I thought it would be easy and fun to be able to go home each night.  I mean, I only live 30 minutes away.  Little did IRead more

Recollection Wednesday: Quiet

I am an introvert.  Technically, I am an INTJ.  It surprises some people to learn that I am introverted.  Here is the secret: I was trained to act an extrovert.  This is not uncommon and the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking talks a lot about how this may notRead more

Weekly Meeting: Blink

As I listened to this audiobook for Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking,  I had a terrible case of deja vu.  I was so positive I have read it before  Yet, it wasn’t marked so on my GoodReads list.  Turns out, I was right.  I HAD read it, but years and years ago.  How do I know?Read more

I *Heart* Graphic Novels

I didn’t read comics as a kid.  I simply didn’t find them interesting.  I enjoyed cartoon movies and TV shows, but I never translated that enjoyment to books.  I don’t think it was ever a restriction.  There were few restrictions on my reading aside from age-appropriate material.  Even as I got older, that one fadedRead more

Special Announcement: TUMBLR!

I have been playing with the idea of starting a Tumblr to compliment the blog.  Why?  To share things related to the books I read.  Also, reasons. Aside from fun things (and things I want to buy related to books), blog updates will also be posted there. Anyway, check it out.  Have some fun.  LeaveRead more

Recollection Wednesday: Maus 1 & 2

The first graphic novel I ever read was actually 2 graphic novels: Maus, I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History and Maus II : And Here My Troubles Began. I was about sixteen or seventeen and deeply immersed in Holocaust literature and memoirs.  I am pretty sure if was part of my religious school education, not myRead more

Weekly Meeting: Locke and Key 1

This week you are going to notice a theme for all three posts: Graphic Novels.  Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft is the first graphic novel I have read this year. Challenges: None What You Should Know: This is horror, not superhero This has won awards, like the Eisner award.  I mentioned this awardRead more

Reading Challenges for 2016

Here we are in 2016.  Who knows what the year will bring, but I am setting up my reading goals for the year.  Primarily, reading challenges. Book Riot’s Read Harder 2016: Read a horror book Read a nonfiction book about science Read a collection of essays Read a book out loud to someone else ReadRead more

Recollection Wednesday: Bridget Jones’s Diary

When I rail against Chick Lit it’s not because I have never read the genre.  I dislike it primarily because I have read a lot of it.  I am a woman and a reader.  Some great modern novels technically fit in the genre and for good reasons.  That being said, some of the best transcendRead more

Weekly Meeting: Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married

Book: Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married Challenges: Book Lust What you should know: This is chick lit. It was made into a TV series only available in the UK and it didn’t do very well. Discussion: I was seriously going to use discussion questions and then I realized I was neck deep in three chick litRead more