Monthly Archives: January 2015

2015 READING CHALLENGE | ANNE OF GREEN GABLES READALONG

I was perusing Lindsey Reeder’s blog, Reeder Reads the other week, and I came across this post on her reading goals for 2015. In among her personal goals and reading challenges, she announced her intention to read the entire Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. Being Canadian, this series formed a large part of my childhood, but it’s… Read more »

BOOK THOUGHTS ON THURSDAY | ON LITERARY TRAVELS

The world of books is never boring. Every week (well, most weeks) I’ll discuss a different topic related to books, often inspired by or in response to what’s going on in the online book community (or something I’ve seen another blogger talk about). I call this Book Thoughts on Thursday. Feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in… Read more »

I’M ON VACATION!

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Click on image to view source. I’ve got some exciting news! I’m off on a little adventure to a part of the world I’ve never been before. I’m heading down to New Orleans, Louisiana to check out the birthplace of jazz and see the Mississippi for the very first time. I’ve actually never been to the southern United States before,… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS I’D LOVE TO READ IF I HAD A BOOK CLUB

  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Books I’d Love To Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club. The latter in my case, as I have yet to find bookish folks whose geographic location and schedules permit regular book meetings! I’m selecting some I’ve already read and really wished… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | THE CUCKOO’S CALLING – ROBERT GALBRAITH

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his… Read more »

STACKING THE SHELVES | #57

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Time to look at the books I added to my shelves this week with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews! Not necessarily books I bought – also includes books I borrowed, was given or otherwise ended up with. Weeks I don’t buy any books I’ll scramble around my shelves and find some I haven’t shared in an StS post… Read more »

WWW WEDNESDAY | #48

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It’s time for this week’s WWW Wednesdays, hosted by Should Be Reading blog (head over and check them out!). This link up asks three questions What did you recently finish reading? What are you currently reading? What do you think you’ll be reading next? Here are my WWW answers! What did I recently finish reading?    It’s been quite the… Read more »

RELEASE DAY REVIEW | IF I FALL, IF I DIE – MICHAEL CHRISTIE

A heartfelt and wondrous debut, by a supremely gifted and exciting new voice in fiction. Will has never been to the outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS THAT WEREN’T WHAT I EXPECTED

  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Books That Weren’t What I Expected. This week was a freebie – meaning I can choose any topic I want. And because I’ve read a few books in the past year that really surprised me, I thought this would be a good chance to look… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME – ALEXANDRA FULLER

Looking to rebuild after a painful divorce, Alexandra Fuller turns to her African past for clues to living a life fully and without fear.   A child of the Rhodesian wars and daughter of 2 deeply complicated parents, Alexandra Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fuller’s own marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the… Read more »

STACKING THE SHELVES | #56

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Time to look at the books I added to my shelves this week with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews! Not necessarily books I bought – also includes books I borrowed, was given or otherwise ended up with. Weeks I don’t buy any books I’ll scramble around my shelves and find some I haven’t shared in an StS post… Read more »

BOOK THOUGHTS ON THURSDAY | WHEN ARE YOU “WELL READ”?

The world of books is never boring. Every week (well, most weeks) I’ll discuss a different topic related to books, often inspired by or in response to what’s going on in the online book community (or something I’ve seen another blogger talk about). I call this Book Thoughts on Thursday. Feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in… Read more »

WWW WEDNESDAYS | #47

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It’s time for this week’s WWW Wednesdays, hosted by Should Be Reading blog (head over and check them out!). This link up asks three questions What did you recently finish reading? What are you currently reading? What do you think you’ll be reading next? Here are my WWW answers! What did I recently finish reading? This is one of those… Read more »

2015 READING CHALLENGE | BOOKISH TBR PILE CHALLENGE

Because it’s an easy one to do in the normal course of my reading, I’m participating in the Bookish TBR Pile Challenge once again! The rules for this particular challenge are simple: any book published in or before 2014 is eligible. So, basically, any book not released this year. Piece of cake! Last year I read about 40 books that… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | 2014 RELEASES I MEAN TO READ BUT DIDN’T

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To. You guys, there were a lot of great books that came out last year. I can tell you right now I will not be able to keep this list to ten books. TEN! You have got… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | EX LIBRIS – ANNE FADIMAN

Anne Fadiman is–by her own admission–the sort of person who learned about sex from her father’s copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate’s 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read… Read more »

2015 READING CHALLENGE | THE POPSUGAR ULTIMATE READING CHALLENGE

I’ve been looking around for fun reading challenges to participate in in 2015, and came across this one on PopSugar. I love reading challenges that have lots of random criteria, they encourage me to look at books I would otherwise have passed over. So, without further ado: My progress so far: A book with more than 500 pages: A Little… Read more »