July Reading Wrap-Up

July Reading Wrap-Up

Oh my, this post is late. First, we'll review last month's goal: "Let's shoot for 3 books, 1000 words? I'm trying to be more realistic this time around." That was because I hadn't picked up any books as of the 5th, we had just moved, I had finals to complete, and I...

June Reading Wrap-Up

June Reading Wrap-Up

Remember last month's post, when I said: "In June, I'd like to read over 2000 pages and finish two VSI books, including the one on my currently-reading shelf. I'd also like to finish the short story book I started reading months ago." Hahahahaha! I was such a funny,...

May Reading Wrap-Up

May was a very in-between month with 6 books. Considering the number of things going on, including the beginning of two graduate courses, I'd say that's not too bad. Let's take a look: The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman  - 4* - (May 2) (This IS the Goodreads review) I...

Writing: How I’ve Missed It!

Writing: How I’ve Missed It!

I haven't talked much about writing lately. In fact, I didn't even bother with a writing wrap-up or forecast to start 2016. However, writing has been on my mind a lot recently, and I've even made some progress. When we moved to Alexandria last November, I started...

April Reading Wrap-Up

April Reading Wrap-Up

During March, I read 10 books. During April, only 4. What happened? I'm not really sure. (A visiting friend, travel, a 9-day migraine... those may have contributed to my low book count.) Let's review: When We Were Alive - C.J. Fisher  - 3.75* - (Apr. 6): (Goodreads...

March Reading Wrap-Up

March Reading Wrap-Up

Now THIS is how we reach some book goals. March was a 10-book month. We'll get right to it. A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara  - 4* - (Mar. 2): (Goodreads review) This was a tough read. Well-written, great depth to the characters and relationships, but it tackled a lot...

February Reading Wrap-Up

February Reading Wrap-Up

February... Even in a Leap Year, this will be a short post. Bring on the books! My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman  - 3* - (Feb. 4): (Goodreads review) I wanted to love this based on reviews from friends. It's a read for bookclub (though...

January Reading Wrap-Up

January Reading Wrap-Up

Time for a look at what I read in January. It could've been a better start, but it was a good start considering how busy the month became overall. Programming note: Remember how I said I would have my Reading Year in Review. then my Writing Year in Review, followed by...

December Reading Wrap-Up

December Reading Wrap-Up

December picked up considerably from prior months, which I really enjoyed. It was nice to end a big reading year on an "up" month. Programming note: Come back next week for my Reading Year in Review. The following week, I plan to have my Writing Year in Review,...

September/October/November Reading Wrap-up

September/October/November Reading Wrap-up

Umm, yes, that's right. My monthly reading wrap-up turned into a quarterly wrap-up. Does that mean it will be 30+ books long? No, not even close. Goal of 10 books failed miserably each month. In fact, I haven't even read 10 books total in that time. Why is that? Life...

August Reading Wrap-up

August Reading Wrap-up

Note: I wrote this around Sept. 8th but never published it. Oops. And now it's almost time for my September wrap-up.  Goal of 10 books achieved! Though I think I'm going to shorten my reviews here and start sending you over to my Goodreads page if you want to read my...

Pinterest for Writing

Pinterest for Writing

Like everyone else, I use Pinterest for collecting recipes, decorating ideas, craft projects and other ambitious Martha Stewart-y ideals I'll never live up to in this lifetime. But I've also been using it to brainstorm and collect story ideas. Note: My "typical"...

July Book Wrap-Up

July Book Wrap-Up

Now THIS was a reading month... We're going to jump right in because there's a lot to cover: The Breaking Point: Short Stories - Daphne du Maurier  - 3* - (July 6): Short story collections are so hard to rate. I picked this book up, excited to learn Daphne du Maurier...

How to Sneak in Short Story Collections

How to Sneak in Short Story Collections

Last year, I said I wanted to start reading more short story collections. Like many ideas, it looked good on my list, but I found I was faltering when it came time to put it into practice. What do you mean, I had to actually do something to accomplish the task? It's...

Free Supplemental Courses for Writing (Coursera)

Free Supplemental Courses for Writing (Coursera)

In the past few years, MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) have become increasingly popular. You can now find these free courses online in almost any discipline from personal finance to guitar lessons to computer programming to advanced physics. Well-respected...

Checking in Mid-Year

Checking in Mid-Year

It's mid-July, which means we're also more than halfway through 2015. I thought I'd use this week's post to look back at my 2015 kickoff posts to see what plans I had in January and where I am in relation to them. Are they still plans I want to achieve? Do they need...

A Parisian Bookstore Review: Shakespeare & Co.

A Parisian Bookstore Review: Shakespeare & Co.

Last month, I traveled to France with my husband for 11 glorious days. We brought back a lot of memories, over 2600 photos, and not a lot of souvenirs. In fact, as of our final night, we hadn't bought much at all. And then, my husband chose dinner (at a lovely...

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