I Read It So You Don’t Have To: Life and Death

OMG- Life and Death suuuuuuuuccccckkkkkss A confession: I am the reason my sister, Katie, is obsessed with Twilight.  I am sure if I had not done it, someone else would have.  Still, it was me because I am an addict.  Twilight hit just as Harry Potter ended (for me).  The thrill of a series is just as much aboutRead more

Weekly Meeting:The Tsar of Love and Techno

Part of Which Challenges: Conference Read Down What You Should Know: This book is a series of interconnected short stories. It takes place in the USSR/Russia Discussion: There were no discussion questions for this book, it was just released.  Discussion guides are typically released with the book when it is expected that Book Clubs willRead more

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge Recap

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving. It turns out I never even mentioned the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.  I must have started an entry and then got sidetracked.  It happens often.  I made it a page, but not an actual blog entry.  You can see the page if you want. Even thoughRead more

Recollection Wednesday: The Maze Runner

I am starting the 2016 changes to the blog.  I think I am ready to try posting 3 times a week.  Weekly meetings will be on Monday and other topics will move from Thursday to Friday.  This opens up Wednesday for a few things.  ‘I Read So You Don’t Have To’ posts will be oneRead more

Weekly Meeting: The Secret Chord

Part of Which Challenges: The Conference Read Down – got this at Book Expo What You Should Know: This is not David the hero/king.  David is not often beloved. In fact, his flaws are often highlighted. Trigger warning for Tamar’s rape.  It was brutal. There is also an acknowledgement of Bathsheba’s rape There is aRead more

See the Move THEN Read the Book?

Adapting a book to movie or TV show is notoriously difficult.  It is even harder to do the opposite, which is why novelization isn’t even a thing anymore.  It was big in the 80s if you are curious.  As a reader I often find myself in the position where I have already read a bookRead more

Weekly Meeting: Outlander

Part of Which Challenges: Book Lust Book Riot Read Harder What You Should Know: This is not really a romance book.  Sex scenes are understated and rare in the first 1/2 of the book.  It fits into many different genres The TV is pretty faithful to the book given the different methods of storytelling. ThereRead more

I Wish I had Skipped That Book

This is a tale of books that I wish I had skipped.  This is about the flip side of books I love.  This is about the books that annoyed me, insulted me, or I merely couldn’t finish. It take a lot for me to give up on a book.  For the Book Lust challenge, IRead more

Weekly Meeting: Boy Meets Boy

This book is part of the following challenges: Book Lust Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge I am trying something different.  I am playing with ideas on how to change things around for 2016.  Like with most book clubs, I get distracted when talking about the book of the week.  I will talk more about theRead more

My Writing – National Novel Writing Month

It’s November and, for me, that means it’s National Novel Writing Month.  This is year 12 for me and for the first time, in a long time, I am writing something original. This year I am working on a mystery novel about a serial killer in an academic library.  In no way is my lifeRead more