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 […]

The Last Post-Election Reading List (probably)

The Last Post-Election Reading List (probably)

This will probably be the last post-election reading list I share here. Perhaps the blog’s been a little too political for some readers recently. I got an email from Feedblitz over the weekend saying someone had unsubscribed for reason “02: Offensive, strongly disagree or disapprove.” I was surprisingly undisturbed by that. This is the space where I distill my thoughts on what I read and where all opinions are my own. I understand that you may […]

The Biggest Disappointment of This Election

The Biggest Disappointment of This Election

If I said that the biggest disappointment of the 2016 Presidential election was NOT the outcome, I don’t think you’d think I meant it. So yes, let’s stipulate that for those of us who are disappointed by the outcome, that’s the biggie. The disappointment is compounded by the fact that Hillary Clinton may have received close to 200,000 400,000* more votes than Donald Trump. (Or maybe more than 1.000.000*.) But they didn’t come from the right […]

Two Days After: Further Reading, More Links

Two Days After: Further Reading, More Links

Yesterday, I started the process of processing. I included some links at the end of that post. I’m recycling that list here, following some other pieces I found after that went up. Two Days After: The Reactions Keep Coming On “Woke” White People Advertising their Shock that Racism just won a Presidency – Medium Rage Against the Minivan: How to talk to your kids about Trump winning the election The Self-Sabotage of the West | […]