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

The Best and Worst of 2015

It is officially 2016!  I have been looking back at the books I read last year and thinking about the ones I enjoyed the most and those I liked the least.  Here is my list of both and why.  Keep in mind, I read about 130 books this year. The 10 Best Books I ReadRead more

Weekly Meeting- A25: Stories From Lowell’s First Arson Squad

Title: A25: Stories From Lowell’s First Arson Squad Challenges: None What you should know:  This book is self-published by the author. If you live in Massachusetts and only know bad things about Lowell, this book may help explain some of those reasons. There are some difficult stories about death and children. Discussion: As a writer, IRead more