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 | […]

The Day After: Do We Have a Clue What Happens Now?

The Day After: Do We Have a Clue What Happens Now?

The Day After Election Day 2016: A Brain Dump “What comes next? “Do you know how hard it is to lead? “Do you have a clue what happens now?” The next leader of our country will be someone who has never served in public office before. He has also not yet publicly shown any real grasp of, or even interest in, how public service in American government actually works. NONE OF US has a clue […]

HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly [Audiobook Thoughts}

HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly [Audiobook Thoughts}

Hidden Figures Written by Margot Lee Shetterly Audiobook read by Robin Miles Published by William Morrow, HarperCollins on September 6th 2016 ISBN: 9780062363596 Genres: Nonfiction, History, African American Studies, Space Science Pages: 368 Format: audiobook Source: public library via Overdrive The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, […]

Where Did October Go? Updates and Whatnot

Where Did October Go? Updates and Whatnot

Where did October go? Since I didn’t spend much of it around here, I come today to answer that question. I usually post this kind of thing as “Show and Tell Sunday.” The “preparing blog posts on the weekend” thing hasn’t worked out so well recently, though. Welcome to “Show and Tell Thursday”! There were entire weeks where I got up each day, fully intending to go straight into writing on the book, and instead ended […]

This is How I Vote, 2016

This is How I Vote, 2016

How I Vote If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been sharing a lot of political stuff for the last few months. (And if you haven’t blocked me for doing so, thank you!) Today’s post responds to a query from one of my sharing groups: “What’s your voting plan?  Do you grab Starbucks beforehand?  Take a selfie outside?  Go before work, bring the kids, or get in line towards the […]

The Book Bridge Autumn 2016 Edition

The Book Bridge Autumn 2016 Edition

The Book Bridge Autumn 2016 Welcome to the Autumn 2016 edition of The Book Bridge!  We’re connecting each other to the books that we were most excited about reading lately. This will probably be the last Book Bridge for this year unless I decide to host a year-end roundup edition. Watch for the next Call for Submissions, and check out the books other readers want to share with you now! The Editor’s Pick Amor Towles’ second novel, […]

SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult [Book Thoughts]

SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.Small Great Things Written by Jodi Picoult Published by Ballantine Books on October 11th 2016 ISBN: 9781444788013 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Adult Fiction Pages: 480 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 […]

ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Ron Chernow [Audiobook Thoughts]

ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Ron Chernow [Audiobook Thoughts]

Alexander Hamilton Written by Ron Chernow Audiobook read by Scott Brick Published by Penguin on 2004 ISBN: 9780143034759 Genres: Biography & Autobiography Pages: 818 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.> In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man […]

BERTRAND COURT by Michelle Brafman [Book Thoughts]

BERTRAND COURT by Michelle Brafman [Book Thoughts]

Bertrand Court Written by Michelle Brafman Published by Prospect Park Books on September 6th 2016 ISBN: 9781938849794 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Contemporary, Family Life Pages: 264 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.> Bertrand Court is a captivating novel told in story form, intertwining seventeen luminous narratives about the secrets of a cast of politicos, […]

Show and Tell Sunday: Currently/Losing My Religion

Show and Tell Sunday: Currently/Losing My Religion

Show and Tell Sunday Went to Church on Friday I took a personal day from work on Friday to take my dad to church. (No, the building didn’t fall down.) My mother passed away on October 8, 1999, and each year at the anniversary, my father has a Mass said for her. My sister usually accompanies him to that church service. This year, she asked me if I would take him because she had a […]

THE BOOK BRIDGE is Open Again–Come Help Build It! (Call for Submissions)

THE BOOK BRIDGE is Open Again–Come Help Build It! (Call for Submissions)

It seems August wasn’t such a great month for discussion-worthy reading–contributions were low last month, and so I chose not to run the September edition of The Book Bridge. But I will share those books in October, along with the contributions that come in with this post. The Book Bridge is open again! What book were you most excited about reading in the last month or two? Share it in this month’s edition of The Book […]

Show and Tell Sunday: Live, From the Back Patio!

Show and Tell Sunday: Live, From the Back Patio!

The heat wave that ushered autumn into Southern California seems to have broken, finally, and I decided to take advantage of it by setting up the laptop on the patio. (Paul’s always reminding me that the thing is actually portable!) I plan to switch over from writing to reading this afternoon, but I intend to spend as much time as possible in my outdoor office today! I finished reading Alexander Hamilton in audiobook earlier this week […]

THE FORTRESS by Danielle Trussoni [Book Thoughts]

THE FORTRESS by Danielle Trussoni [Book Thoughts]

The Fortress Written by Danielle Trussoni Published by HarperCollins on September 20th 2016 ISBN: 9780062458995 Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs Pages: 336 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.> The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of Falling Through the Earth and Angelology returns with this much-anticipated memoir of love […]