10 Books that Feature Strong Women

I didn’t consciously make a themed book list. I didn’t diligently sift through recommended titles to select commonalities. But if you look closely at these ten, my first reads for 2019, you’ll find a strong woman somewhere in each one. Books 1–10 in 2019 No. 1: Bird Box by Josh Malerman Did you see the… Continue reading 10 Books that Feature Strong Women

Most Popular Blogs of 2018

Throw Back Thursday, January Review, Best of, Top 5; whatever this list’s title, I’ve looked back at 2018 to see which of my blogs readers enjoyed most. Runners treasure a PR (personal record) and I do love a stat, so reviewing is always a fun reveal. There are always surprises. Writing, you see, is a… Continue reading Most Popular Blogs of 2018

What I Read in 2018

Documenting #52booksin52weeks turned into a surprisingly interesting project. Accountability through publication was a success; for once in my life, I faithfully (and relatively regularly) updated an on-going reading list. In the process, I learned some things: You like it when I talk books! Surprisingly, these blog round-ups and Facebook and Instagram posts were some of 2018’s… Continue reading What I Read in 2018

Exceeding Reading Expectations

As November draws to an end, the holiday noose begins to tighten. Entertaining, decorating, gift giving, family get-togethers, obligatory travel . . . all signal the calendar year is rapidly coming to a close. We’re tearing off the page on Week No. 47 out of a total 52! My, how time flies. Which means all… Continue reading Exceeding Reading Expectations

10 More Books to Read

You’re right; I’ve fallen behind on updating my #52booksin52weeks challenge. Yes, I’m posting on Facebook in real time (more or less, don’t you know), but publishing comprehensive summaries for one-stop consumption–well, I could do better. My first list covered books 1 through 25. Whew–that long recounting involved ‘way too much writing and images (and reading) for… Continue reading 10 More Books to Read

“Evolution of a Young Man in Love” Is Not Your Average Novel

Disclaimer: I was sent an advance reader copy and paid to write the following review, which reflects my honest, expert opinion and desire to provide quality evaluation for book lovers. I am not affiliated in any way with this book’s sales. What do you get when you mix a literature-loving protagonist possessing secret powers with… Continue reading “Evolution of a Young Man in Love” Is Not Your Average Novel

Riding Out the Storm with Books

I love writing a fun recap that marries my reading obsession with travel. But as I sat typing about Caribbean sunshine, leisure time, and vacation reading, today’s light book report felt, well, incongruous. On a normal gray, windy, rain-soaked morning, calling up those St. John images would be a welcome diversion from crappy weather. But… Continue reading Riding Out the Storm with Books

Reading “The Handmaid’s Tale” in 2017 is Scarier Than Ever

Books are my friends. I turn to them when I need a good cry, laugh, escape from reality, and fun diversion. They teach me things, reinforce beliefs, and introduce a sense of wonder. Some I’ve reread so often their words have become a familiar soothing mantra. When I need to get away, diving into a truly… Continue reading Reading “The Handmaid’s Tale” in 2017 is Scarier Than Ever

True Confessions, or What I Bought and Who I Stalked at Texas Book Festival

What yearly event causes people to wander around downtown Austin, giddy after up-close-and-personal encounters with idols and in a stupor from dropping hefty amounts of cash? Did you guess South By Southwest? Nope (though, yeah, totally, all of the above’s true about SXSW). I’m talking Texas Book Festival. Texas Book Festival is a local book… Continue reading True Confessions, or What I Bought and Who I Stalked at Texas Book Festival