2016 Reading Challenges

2016 Reading Challenges- How Did I Do?

In a few days the year ends.  As I write this, I am still listening to an audiobook that I want to finish right away.  I am typically reading these days.  When I look at Bullet Journal spreads about people setting reading goals for 2017, I laugh almost manically when they say they want toRead more

Top 10 Books I Loved More Than I Expected

Top 10 Books I Loved More Than I Expected

This past week I did a 17 hour audiobook in 4 days.  The book was Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex.  I loved the Virgin Suicides, but have been reluctant to read Middlesex for a variety of reason.  Mostly it was because it is recognized as “the great American novel.”  I find “the great American novel” to frequently not be myRead more

Book Lust Challenge 2017

Book Lust Challenge 2017

It’s not something I talk about often, but I have a group on Good Reads for the Book Lust Challenge. For those who don’t know, for the past 10+ years I have been reading all the books listed in Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust books.  I am barely 20% through.  It’s a long term project.  ByRead 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

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

Book Lust Challenge 2015 review

It was a good year for me and my Book Lust Challenge.  With about 125 books read this past year, 20% of them were listed in Book Lust.  Here are the titles: Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle Flying Colours Salt: A World History The Bridegroom: StoriesRead 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

Weekly Meeting: A Bunch of Non-Fiction

Read: Salt: A World History The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary Bull Run Eating and Drinking: A salad and water (OMG I have no more room- went to an Octoberfest event in town and ate sausage and drank beer.) This is going to be a short meeting post.  I amRead more

Book Club of One Weekly Meeting: Science Fiction, Double Feature…

Books Read: Prelude to Foundation Dealing with Dragons Eating and Drinking Wine spritzer with raspberries Bacon and sun dried tomato bread pocket from The Purple Carrot bakery. Ok, these are not BOTH science fiction.  One is sci-fi and one is fantasy.  It’s a critical difference.  Even in sci-fi, there is a sub-genre of science fantasy.Read more

The TBR Shelf: Book Lust

This has been going on for about 10 years.  A friend and I discovered Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust at the same time.  As we went through the books she lists, I was disappointed that I had not read more than a fraction of these books.  It felt like a major failure on my part.  HowRead more