Weekly Meeting: Dreaming In Cuban

Growing up in Miami among Cuban refugees and Cuban Americans skewed my point of view on what life was like in Cuba.  There is a romanticism to Pre-Revolution Cuba.  Reading Dreaming in Cuban helped me see a variety of perspectives on life before the revolution and life after, especially in the early years of Castro’s Cuba. Challenges:Read more

Book Karma

Karma is not what you think it is.  Every time something shitty happens to someone shitty, that is NOT karma.  Karma doesn’t pay off in this life, but in the next.  As I meet more authors and more readers in the world, I have realized how we treat books and authors is its own formRead more

Recollect Wednesday: Eleanor & Park

I came late to Rainbow Rowell, but I made up for it quickly.  I am always tentative about taking on a new author, but when certain friends speak highly, I eventually give in.  Even I have trusted advisors when it comes to reading.  Eleanor & Park was the book that turned me into a fan.  Yes,theRead more

Goodbye Grammy…

My grandmother, Grammy, passed away yesterday.  I wanted to write a tribute to her for the blog, but I have been struggling with it.  I am almost 40 and, until this weekend, I had 4 living grandparents.  Grammy was my father’s mother.  I have written in the past about my father’s influence on my reading.Read more

Weekly Meeting: Carry On

This week I go to the remainders list from past months and finally read Carry On. Challenges: None What You Should Know: This is NOT Harry Potter Fan Fiction, no matter what you heard. This is connected to her novel Fangirl and I suggest you read that one.  Which first?  It’s hard to say. They are connected, butRead more

Weekend Special: Me! Published! YAY!

It has been a crazy week.  Actually, so far every week this year has been a crazy week.  Some of it good stuff and some of it bad.  This week had a bunch of both.  For example, my tenure application has been unanimously accepted by the most difficult committee to get through.  The other good newsRead more

Childhood Reading: Sweet Valley High

All this talk about YA and Middle School got me thinking about the books I read as a child.   I think I was in 5th grade when I discovered Sweet Valley High books.  My Girl Scout troop had a small library that we stocked with the books we all wanted to trade.  I gave upRead more

Recollection Wednesday: The Books of Hadley Irwin

Last Wednesday I laid into my middle school a bit more than is fair.  While I was forced to read 2 books that I strongly disliked (hated in one case and was too young for in the other), I got far more positive things from those 2 years than negative.  Middle school was where IRead more

It’s A Movie: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” Pride and Prejudice and Zombies We all know I love Pride and Prejudice.  What I don’t often talk about it that I enjoy zombie books and movies.  It’s not a love universally acknowledged, but when P&P&ZRead more

Weekly Meeting: Holes

This week I read Holes. This is one of those books I probably should have read as a kid, but I didn’t. Challenges: Read Harder Challenge Listed in Book Lust 2 What You Should Know: This is a YA book primarily read by boys, but is great for girls too This is the first in aRead more