I See Movies: ROGUE ONE, LA LA LAND, MOANA

I See Movies: ROGUE ONE, LA LA LAND, MOANA

Since my One Word for 2017 is SEE, I thought I’d tell you about a few movies I went to SEE during the holidays. Rogue One As of this writing, I have seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story four times in three weeks. I’ve seen it in four different theaters, with four different (but sometimes overlapping) groups of people. I’m probably done seeing it in theaters now, but you never know. Rogue One is […]

BORN TO RUN by Bruce Springsteen–The Book!

BORN TO RUN by Bruce Springsteen–The Book!

Born to Run Written by Bruce Springsteen Audiobook read by Bruce Springsteen Published by Simon and Schuster on September 27th 2016 ISBN: 9781501141539 Genres: Nonfiction, Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs, Music Pages: 528 Format: audiobook Source: purchased This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> “Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer […]

2017: A Spreadsheet Story? Tell Me All Your Thoughts on Tracking Reading!

2017: A Spreadsheet Story? Tell Me All Your Thoughts on Tracking Reading!

A Spreadsheet Story So, I said this: Actually, tracking my reading has become a little more complicated since adding library books into the mix. Because I use LibraryThing only for “owned” books and ARCs, the count there does not include books borrowed from the public library and reviewed on the blog. This book-blogging accountant may finally have to take the plunge into spreadsheets (shudder). And in reply, Michelle said this: How do you not use […]

Closing the Books on 2016: The Year in (Book) Review

Closing the Books on 2016: The Year in (Book) Review

My recap of 2016 reading follows a survey format similar to several others I’ve seen but was mostly lifted from Marie at Boston Bibliophile. Closing the Books: Bookish Habits in 2016 2016 was not my most productive reading year ever. In part, this is because I took six months off from freelance reviewing for Shelf Awareness and returned with a lower monthly review quota. Another reason is that, especially during the late summer and fall, […]

One Word and First Book 2017: Happy New Year!

One Word and First Book 2017: Happy New Year!

First Things First: First Book of the Year! My friend Sheila is hosting her First Book of the Year event today at Book Journey. “The First Book is a book that maybe you have been wanting to read for a while but have not had time for, a coveted book, an old favorite re-read – whatever you want.  The point is that this is the book that will kick off the year for you.  What […]

The Last Blog Post of 2016

The Last Blog Post of 2016

2016 was my first year blogging on self-hosted WordPress and my all-time worst year of blogging output. I’ve barely cracked 100 posts, and I am officially declaring this one my Last Blog Post of 2016. After nearly ten years of doing this, I don’t feel a need to make excuses or apologies for inconsistency or offer promises to do better. I’m just grateful if you show up when I do! 2016: The Leap Year That […]

Currently: Trying to Get Things DONE

Currently: Trying to Get Things DONE

When Everything On Your List is “In Progress” Currently, I feel like so many things in my life are in a state of partial completion. Surprisingly, compared to some years, we’re a little ahead on our holiday preparations. The gift shopping is almost finished and most of what we’re giving has been wrapped. Paul put up the Christmas tree last weekend, but we didn’t decorate it. (It’s pre-lighted, at least, so it hasn’t been sitting in the […]

THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD by Jade Chang [Audiobook]

THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD by Jade Chang [Audiobook]

The Wangs vs. the World Written by Jade Chang Audiobook read by Nancy Wu Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on October 4th 2016 ISBN: 9780544734203 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Asian American Pages: 336 Format: audiobook Source: purchased This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD is an outrageously funny tale about a wealthy Chinese-American family […]

ANOTHER BROOKLYN by Jacqueline Woodson {Audiobook]

ANOTHER BROOKLYN by Jacqueline Woodson {Audiobook]

Another Brooklyn Written by Jacqueline Woodson Audiobook read by Robin Miles Published by HarperCollins on August 9th 2016 ISBN: 9780062359988 Genres: Fiction, African American, General Pages: 192 Format: audiobook Source: public library via Overdrive This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> National Book Award FinalistNew York Times Bestseller The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award–winning author […]

TV (THE BOOK) — The Audiobook

TV (THE BOOK) — The Audiobook

TV (The Book) Written by Alan Sepinwall, Matt Zoller Seitz Audiobook read by Alan Sepinwall, Matt Zoller Seitz Published by Grand Central Publishing on September 6th 2016 ISBN: 9781455588206 Genres: Nonfiction, Television, History & Criticism Pages: 352 Format: audiobook Source: purchased This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> Is The Wire better than Breaking Bad? Is Cheers better […]

LITERARY WONDERLANDS [Book Thoughts]

LITERARY WONDERLANDS [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.Literary Wonderlands Published by Hachette Books on November 1st 2016 ISBN: 9780316316385 Genres: Fiction, Literary Criticism, General, Books & Reading Pages: 320 Format: ARC Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> A […]

Thankful for a Long Weekend [Show and Tell Sunday]

Thankful for a Long Weekend [Show and Tell Sunday]

My agency doesn’t give a holiday for the day after Thanksgiving, but everyone in my department took Friday off. I’m thankful for a long weekend and wishing it could be even longer! Paul and I had Thanksgiving Day to ourselves. The kitchen stayed quiet and we went to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. I had the Thanksgiving Day special and my husband–no fan of turkey–ate filet mignon. We both got just what we […]

THE GIRL FROM VENICE by Martin Cruz Smith [Book Thoughts]

THE GIRL FROM VENICE by Martin Cruz Smith [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.The Girl from Venice Written by Martin Cruz Smith Published by Simon & Schuster on October 18th 2016 ISBN: 9781439140239 Genres: Fiction, Historical, Thrillers Pages: 320 Format: ARC Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission […]

CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD by Caroline Leavitt [Book Thoughts]

CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD by Caroline Leavitt [Book Thoughts]

Cruel Beautiful World Written by Caroline Leavitt Published by Algonquin Books on October 4th 2016 ISBN: 9781616203634 Genres: Fiction, Literary Pages: 352 Format: ARC Source: publisher This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> Sixteen-year-old Lucy Gold is about ;to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that […]

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue [Audiobook Thoughts]

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue [Audiobook Thoughts]

Behold the Dreamers Written by Imbolo Mbue Audiobook read by Prentice Onayemi Published by Random House Publishing Group on August 23rd 2016 ISBN: 9780812998498 Genres: Fiction, Literary Pages: 416 Format: audiobook Source: public library via Overdrive This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.> A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the […]