Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long: Final Chapters

Here we are discussing the last few chapters of the book.  This is the emotional climax, where Anne finally feels something other than regret. I remember the emotional climax happening very differently.  I credit all the viewings of modern adaptations.  Ok, one adaptation repeatedly.  It always felt more climatic in the movie adaptation. As IRead more

Not-A-Book Tour: Atlanta Recap

I am not on a book tour… yet Since I am technically not on a book tour, I didn’t make a book tour stop in Atlanta while I was there.  Keep in mind, I had about 9 hours of tourism time because I was there for a conference.  I didn’t get to visit as manyRead more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long: Week 2 Discussion

Welcome to week 2 of our Persuasion Read-a-Long.  This week we are discussing chapters 7 -13.   SO MUCH happens in these chapters.  We go from 0- 60 in one moment.  How? Why? Well, we finally get to meet our hero: Captain Wentworth. A lot of time is spent with Anne who is trying to prepareRead more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long: Week 1 Discussion

Hi!!!  Here we are at our first discussion for the Persuasion Read-a-Long!  I am very excited to do this because Persuasion is my favorite of Austen’s novels.  This week the discussion focuses on chapters 1-6. What is going on?  In relation to our love story, very little.  In relation to Sir Walter’s ego, plenty. SomethingRead more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-A-Long Starts today!

Happy February everyone!  I am a bit behind with the week because I came back from Atlanta with a wonderful cold.  It knocked me off my feet, but I am thrilled to be able to start the Persuasion Read-a-Long today. We have some people officially signed up and you can still sign up.  Don’t feelRead more

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

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long

We are about 3 months away from the publication of Modern Persuasion.  I am getting really excited and the more I talk to people about it, the more I am told “Oh, I should read (or re-read) Persuasion!” YES!  You should read or re-read Persuasion.  I think it is Austen at her most romantic. IRead 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

Top 10 Books I Read in 2016

Obviously there are still a few weeks left in 2016 and I am still reading good books through the month, but I am pretty sure I can tell you the top 10 books I have read in 2016.  I have, so far, read 126 books this year and I hope to get in another 9Read more