I wrote this letter as an assignment for a writing group I participate in. I thought I'd share it here since it speaks to my love of reading. Dear J.R.R. Tolkien, I remember the first time I read The Fellowship of the Ring. The delight of Frodo and Bilbo’s birthday party. The first encounter with… Continue reading Dear J.R.R. Tolkien (Or, A Love Letter to Reading)
What a turbulent, change-filled, and exhausting year 2017 has been. Besides the craziness happening in the world at large, this has been one of the most difficult years of my life. When I started this blog back in January of last year (here's my first review!), I had no clue how much things would change… Continue reading On Almost Hitting My Reading Goals, Favorite Books of 2017, and More
It's been a while. Again. I swore once things settled down with the move out to Colorado, I'd regularly write again. Whelp. Things didn't settle down, because almost as soon as we were unpacked, we decided to move (AGAIN) for new job opportunities. Moving for the second time in six months, starting a new job, and beginning… Continue reading The Last Three Things I’ve Read (Plus Why I Disappeared Again)
The greatest regret of my life is that I do not like coffee. Ok, maybe that's not my greatest regret. But no matter how many times I try, I cannot seem to force myself to like coffee. I've tried all the tricks: Start out with fraps or tons of cream and slowly work your way down.… Continue reading Favorite Book + Tea Pairings
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."— Lemony Snicket Picking a good audiobook isn't just about picking the right book. It's about picking a voice you can listen to for the next 12 hours. I've written about it before, but a narrator can make or break an audiobook. Struggling to find… Continue reading Great Audiobook Narrators, Part 1
Title: The Pillars of the Earth Author: Ken Follett My rating: 4 / 5 Genre: Historical Fiction TL;DR: For more conservative readers, there will definitely be some sections to skip over (sex, rape, violence etc.). However, despite these flaws, Follett's world is so captivating and the drama of the cathedral's construction is so captivating, that if you love being sucked… Continue reading Old Book, New Review: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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Hello, fellow readers. It's been a while. Two months ago, I totally didn't mean to go on hiatus from blogging (and reading for that matter). But then, I totally didn't mean to move across the country either, and that happened, so here we are. A big life change has been on the horizon for a… Continue reading Accidental Hiatus: That Time I Moved Across the Country
The nonfiction audiobook.
I recently looked over my list of books that I read in 2016 (as book lovers do) and discovered that, unintentionally, I read several WWII-era books last year. I also happened to notice one overarching detail: Each book strongly featured the color blue in its cover artwork. Coincidence? Maybe. Or the smart marketing people at publishing houses… Continue reading Have You Noticed? WWII Books All Seem to have Blue Covers