What I Read in April 2016

Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella Where and why: I’ve been reading the Sophie Kinsella books since the first Shopaholic came out – before the movie, before it was popular, and y es, before I was a real proper grown-up. It was instantly a family favorite, something fun that my mother and I would both read separately….

What I Read in March 2016

This has been a book-sparse month. Even the most habitual reader experiences the occasional slump. And oh, boy. Am I in a slump. No more midday reading sessions, no more pre-bed reading rituals. I’m busy, and I’m tired. Two books for you this month, now with newly functional buy now links. Buying now totally optional and probably…

Weekly Podcast Winners

What I listened to this week (and so should you) Dear Sugar Radio Powerful Women And The Men Who Love Them The Sugars discuss the sometimes uncomfortable power/financial balance that brings heterosexual couples to odds over their gender roles. It’s a very interesting discussion, and Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild, co-host) brings in her husband…

What I Read in February 2016

The Bees by Laline Paull Where and why: I picked The Bees up from the Lucky Day shelf at the library because of what I read on the cover. This is a book about bees told from the perspective of bees but there’s drama. I mean, come on. I had to give it a shot. (Also an author I…

What to read if you want to feel well read

So you’re sitting around the table at the bar with your friends and everyone is wearing ties and wingtip oxfords and as you adjust the elastic in your slip on vans you start to wonder if perhaps you’re the outcast. You’re filling everyone in on the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory and everyone has started…

What I Read in January 2016

Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf Where and why: I picked this book up at the library from the Lucky Day shelf. I was drawn to it’s small size packed amongst the larger books. I was wary I would be able to finish a book about a widower, but the honesty within was just the reward I needed….

Weekly Podcast Winners

What I listened to this week (and so should you) Dear Sugar Radio Looking for The One, Part 1 & 2  – Cheryl and Steve discuss, in two parts, the process of looking for the one. In a world of online dating and endless opportunity, what does it mean when we can’t find a date? What…

Between The World and Me

I’m a white woman who graduated college with a degree in women’s studies. In my second to last year I took a class called Black Feminism/Womanism. I was one of the only white women in the class, an experience I’d never had before. At the time, I didn’t know what womanism was. I thought it was just…

What To Read If You Liked Gone Girl

One of my absolute favorite things about reading more books is generating a sort of mental catalogue of what books and authors go together. A friend of mine really enjoyed the thrills of Gone Girl and asked me to recommend book similar to that. After reading one of the books I recommended, she asked for…

The Quick Burn of a Year Gone

0/100 Each year my self-inflicted goal of reading 100 books goes uncelebrated. This year I’ve gotten closer than ever with fewer than 30 books to go and a full month left to read them. A book goal is a curious thing – required reading, enforced schedules, and tedious trips to the library to return books you…