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

The Library of My Childhood

Most people think that becoming a librarian is an extension of my love of reading.  Don’t think on one leading to the other.  Rather becoming a librarian and being a reader are the results of my experiences in libraries through my life.  I have better memories of my childhood libraries than I do of school.  IRead more

Recollection Wednesday: The Martian Chronicles

I almost hated reading.  I blame school assigned readings.  For the two years of middle school I was forced to read two books that made me hate reading for a while.  One of those books: The Martian Chronicles. I was 12 and in 7th grade when I was forced to read this.  Here is some context:Read more