Flashback Friday: Traveling Photos

Flashback Friday: Traveling Photos

After buying a house last summer, Tall Paul and I agreed that we’d keep our Christmas 2013 gifts to each other pretty low-key (although we did purchase a very nice new set of cookware as a “to us, from us” present). I asked him for just one thing: to select a couple of his own photos that he especially liked, and frame them for me to hang in my office. He chose these two from […]

A New Year of Reading: Planning 2014

A New Year of Reading: Planning 2014

I used to steer clear of things like resolutions and reading goals–maybe it’s a function of midlife, and an increased awareness of less time to be managed, that draws me toward them now. In any case, I liked Bellezza’s presentation of her 2014 Reading Goals in a Meme, so I thought I’d borrow the format for some planning of my own. If I could commit to a “reading rotation,” it would be based on book format rather than […]

2013 Reading in Review, Infographic-style!

I thought of presenting my year-end stats in snazzy little charts after I saw what Melissa at Feminist Texican Reads did with hers. Hover over any item on a graph to see the exact number.   Books read in 2013 (by category) | Create infographics Books Read in 2013 (by format) | Infographics BOOKS REVIEWED in 2013 (by rating) | Create infographics Infographics Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to […]

That Was 2013: End-of-the-Year Survey

That Was 2013: End-of-the-Year Survey

Since I’ve really enjoyed reading other people’s responses to Jamie’s End-of-Year Book Survey, I’m cherry-picking some of her questions to use as a template for my own year-end wrap-up, and I gave the the first question–“Best Book(s) You Read In 2013?”–its own post. Book titles not linked in my survey responses were featured there. On Books Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? I Want My MTV, by Rob […]

Sunday Salon: Books of the Year, 2013

Sunday Salon: Books of the Year, 2013

I started 2014 with a couple of vacation days from work so I could do some other “work”–my blog version of the “year-end close.” (It will take much longer to do that at my day job, which is the other reason I took some time off now!) I’ll be reporting on it all this week, but I wanted to kick it off with the good stuff. Books of the Year, 2013 FICTION (print): Telegraph Avenue, […]

Flashback Friday: What I Read in 2013

Flashback Friday: What I Read in 2013

I’m working on my 2013 wrap-ups–reading stats, surveys, Books of the Year picks, et cetera, which I’ll be posting here across the next week–and thought I’d give you a snapshot of the books I’ve tagged as “2013review” on LibraryThing.  The numbers don’t match perfectly with my “books read in 2013” stats on GoodReads–there are a few things we call “reconciling items” in accounting-speak–and I did fall just shy of my overall one-book-per-week target, but overall […]

New Reading–First Book of 2014!

New Reading–First Book of 2014!

Happy New Year, and here’s hoping for the best in 2014! When I signed up for Sheila’s “First Book of the Year” Challenge, I realized that it meant that the book I chose to start reading on January 1, 2014 would take on special significance. I really liked that idea, but I also knew I’d struggle with choosing something…well, worthy. I think this one qualifies, and since it’s spent much longer in TBR Purgatory than […]