Weekly Meeting: Smile

Challenges: None… What You Should Know: This is a YA graphic novel It takes place in the 1990s This is a memoir of the author Discussion: Smile is not a book I originally expected to read.  With all the books already on my TBR list, I only ended up with it because it fit in theRead more

To Keep or Give Up: Book Hoarding

I am 90% sure I could become a hoarder.  Primarily, a book hoarder.  You know hoarders- the people who have their own TV show on A&E.  These are people who can’t seem to get rid of anything they bring into their homes.  Typically it’s disgusting, but every so often there seems to be someone whoRead more

Recollection Wednesday: Notes from a Small Island

I have only had a chance to read a few Bill Bryson books.  Of those few, Notes from a Small Island is my favorite.  I read this before I went to the UK.  I only read it because it was listed in one of the Book Lust books. Even though I had not been planning my tripRead more

Weekly Meeting: In a Sunburned Country

This week I read In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. Challenges: It is listed in Book Lust 2 What You Should Know: Bryson is a travel journalist. His books are a mix of his experience as a traveller and history of what he is covering. In this case: Australia. He is funny, but it is observationalRead more

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