21 for 2021

21 for 2021

Something slightly different today. I haven't set traditional resolutions in a long time, though I generally enjoy the annual reminder to reflect and reset. I've decided to set some intentions (not resolutions) for 2021. I've seen this idea in several places,...

2020 Reading Review and 2021 Plans

2020 Reading Review and 2021 Plans

2020 wasn't my best year for reading. Regardless of the actual numbers, I felt dissatisfied with a lot of what I read. One positive development is that I learned I enjoy audiobooks, as long as they're memoirs read by the author. Maybe not the most sophisticated...

December Reading Wrap-Up

December Reading Wrap-Up

December goal: No choice in this month's reading goal: either I read 6 or I miss my target. What I read:  The Fire Next Time—James Baldwin4* (Dec 6)ReviewThe Little Prince—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry4* (Dec 10)ReviewThe Velveteen Rabbit—Margery Williams Bianco4.25*...

November Reading Wrap-Up

November Reading Wrap-Up

November goal: November's goal is 4 books—otherwise, I won't make my annual goal. Yeah, about that... What I read:  Pretty Things—Janelle Brown4* (Nov 18)ReviewHaunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic—Jason Surrell5* (Nov 21)ReviewThe Ten Thousand Doors of...

Poe-tober 2020 Report

Poe-tober 2020 Report

It was hard to "celebrate" Poe-tober this year. "Creepy and dark" has been 2020's entire mood, so it didn't feel like much of an escape. In-person events didn't happen and my heart wasn't in it. But, still, here's what I did for this year's Poe-tober. It's possible...

October Reading Wrap-Up

October Reading Wrap-Up

October goal: I'll set a goal of 4 books to keep up with my goal for the year. A full Poe-tober report will follow later this week. What I read:  The Turn of the Key—Ruth Ware4* (Oct 12)ReviewRebecca—Daphne du Maurier 5* (Oct 20)ReviewMexican Gothic—Silvia...

September Reading Wrap-Up

September Reading Wrap-Up

September goal: This month has the potential to be wild, so I'll set a goal of 4 books for September and try to stay on pace. It's always interesting to look back to what I wrote a month ago about my expectations for the next few weeks. If only I'd had any idea how...

August Reading Wrap-Up

August Reading Wrap-Up

August goal: I'll commit to 4 books this month, though that feels like a stretch right now. What I read:  Action Park—Andy Mulvihill w Jake Rossen 4.75* (Aug 11)ReviewOver the Top—Jonathan Van Ness (audiobook) 4* (Aug 15)ReviewScrappy Little Nobody—Anna Kendrick...

July Reading Wrap-Up

July Reading Wrap-Up

July goal: I'll commit to reading 4 books (but what a dream to read 6 and no longer be behind pace?). What I read:  They Called Us Enemy—George Takei 4* (July 5)ReviewThe Angel's Game—Carlos Ruiz Zafón 4* (July 20)ReviewLast Act—Christopher Pike3* (July...

June Reading Wrap-Up

June Reading Wrap-Up

June goal: I'll commit to 3 books for June. What I read:  A Murderous Relation—Deanna Raybourn 3* (June 11)ReviewThe Good Liar—Catherine McKenzie2* (June 24)ReviewNo One Is Too Small to Make a Difference—Greta Thunberg3* (June 30)ReviewThe Shadow of the...

May Reading Wrap-Up

May Reading Wrap-Up

May goal: I'm setting a low goal again for May due to ongoing pandemic-related work issues, so I'll commit to 3 books. What I read:  The Butterfly Girl—Rene Denfeld 3* (May 7)ReviewThe Little Stranger—Sarah Waters1* (June 1)Review Excuse(s) for Not Reading More:...

April Reading Wrap-Up

April Reading Wrap-Up

April goal: I made my March goal of 5 books, but April has been a disaster (as evidenced by this late update). I'm going to set a very low goal of 2 books. What I read:  The Death of Mrs. Westaway—Ruth Ware 2.5* (Apr 19)ReviewA Simple Favor—Darcey Bell4* (Apr...

A Very Late March Reading Wrap-Up

A Very Late March Reading Wrap-Up

March goal: I'm going to try to make up for that by reading 5 books in March. What I read:  On the Come Up—Angie Thomas 3.5* (Mar 8)ReviewThe Hand on the Wall—Maureen Johnson4* (Mar 11)ReviewY Is for Yesterday—Sue Grafton4* (Mar 22)Review A Dream About Lightning...

February Reading Wrap-Up

February Reading Wrap-Up

February goal: For February, I'm setting a goal of 4 books. What I read:  2*4.25*4.5* Follow Me to Ground—Sue Rainsford 2* (Feb 12)ReviewDaisy Jones & The Six—Taylor Jenkins Reid4.25* (Feb 19)ReviewThe Broken Girls—Simone St. James4.5* (Feb 29)Review...

January 2020 Reading Wrap-Up

January 2020 Reading Wrap-Up

January goal: But for January, I'm setting a goal of 4 books. What I read:  5*4.75*3*4* Zen & The Art of Happiness—Chris Prentiss 5* (Jan 4)ReviewAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing—Hank Green4.75* (Dec 13)ReviewA Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children...

Friday Reads #2020-01

Friday Reads #2020-01

Time for my first Friday Reads of 2020. Instead of linking to Amazon, as I have in the past, I'm going to link to Goodreads and you can read my review there. Finished: Zen and the Art of Happiness—Chris Prentiss 5* (Jan 4) This book has become my traditional first...

2019 Reading Review and 2020 Plans

2019 Reading Review and 2020 Plans

Time to assess last year's reading and make some plans for this year! Reading in 2019 Here are my goals and accomplishments: 1. Read 40 Books: After struggling to read 40 books in 2018 (and finishing on a technicality), I set a goal of 40 and managed to finish 50....

December Reading Wrap-Up

December Reading Wrap-Up

December goal: ...so I'm setting a goal of 6. It would be nice to finish with 50 books. What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge Cat Poems—Various 3* (Dec 1)Review A Dangerous Collaboration—Deanna Raybourn 4.5* (Dec 13)Review Marilla of...

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