February Re-Cap and Looking Toward March

I am moving these monthly recap posts to an end-of-the-month stand-alone post. First, here is what I said I would read in February: Holes– Done! The Aeneid – Done! Smile – Done! Dreaming in Cuban – Done! Blanche on the Lam – moving to remainder’s list.  I started it, but didn’t finish. What of that remainders list: The MartianRead more

Ten Books I Love *SO* Much

I have often talk about the books and series I love.  These are the books I will keep on my books shelf forever.  These are the books of which I will buy multiple editions and copies.  Some of these will only be read once, but they make such an impression on me that I can’tRead more

Recollection Wednesday: Waiting for Snow in Havana

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy is another story about post-revolutionary life for Cubans.  In this case, it is a memoir about refugees. I didn’t read this in Miami.  In fact, I often avoided Cuban literature as a child and teenager.  I was just too close and I didn’t like the romanticismRead more

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