Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long: Final Wrap Up

The month of October ends today as does the Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long.  It has been an interesting month and thank you to Maureen who stuck through the month and read with me (even when she got behind). Reading the book slowly was an interesting experience.  It was like being back in high school, but withRead more

Weekly Reading: Northanger Abbey(s)

In the world of Austen Modernizations there are successes and there are failures and there are things in between.  As a couple of us read Northanger Abbey together and as I prepare to tackle co-writing my own modernization of the story, I looked to see what else was out there.  Two things came to myRead more

Weekly Reading: Hating the Book, But Loving A Character

Writing about the Divergent series last week got me thinking about what it means to dislike a book or series, but to love a character.  Why did this come up?  Well, because I love the character Four/Tobias in the series, but I don’t really like the series.  In fact, everything I do like about theRead more

Weekly Reading: David Copperfield

I have spent 36 hours listening to Richard Armitage read me David Copperfield.  Goodness knows I wouldn’t have chosen to read it at all.  I am not a fan of Dickens.  In fact, this has taken me months to get through because Dickens just keeps going and going.  To be fair, it was originally aRead more

Weekly Reading: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

There is something about reading your parent’s favorite books.  I have read my father’s favorite books often.  The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings were part of my childhood and adulthood.  Dune wasn’t something I could wrap my head around until I was in my 20s.  My father’s love of Napoleonic era Navy books areRead more

Weekly Reading: Go Set A Watchman

I have been on the waiting list for this book for months.  MONTHS!  I feel like I have to start this post by admitting that I do not have the passionate love for To Kill A Mockingbird that so many people have.  I get the passion, but this is not the book I feel itRead more

Weekly Reading: Xenocide

I have read 3 of the books in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Wiggin Series.  I enjoyed the first two books, but Xenocide, the third in the series, left me irritated.  Why?  Well, for the same reason my own work can sometimes irritate me: too much explaining.  All that seems to happen in the book is peopleRead more

Weekly Reading: The Fireman

In January, when I was at the ALA conference, one of the books I was most excited about was Joe Hill’s The Fireman.  I was disappointed when I couldn’t grab a copy, but was thrilled when one of their staff members sent it to me in the mail. I wanted to listen to the audiobook though.Read more

Weekly Reading: Adnan’s Story

I have been waiting for the release of Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial since it was announced months ago.  I came to the first season of Serial late in the game.  I started listening just in time for the release of the last episode.  I came to Undisclosed well after it was popularRead more

Weekly Reading: Northanger Abbey Read-A-Long

This November, for National Novel Writing Month, I am trying something new.  Christi and I are going to write a novel together.  We are going to modernize Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey as a ghost hunting adventure. We are doing a lot to prepare.  Including watching ghost hunting television shows, horror movies, and more.  One thingRead more