A quick note on labels

It finally dawned on me that posts inspired by things I’ve read on other blogs fall into the category of “reading” too, even though I had thought that label would just be used for book reviews. I’m now using it in connection with a new “found on other blogs” label for my ramblings in response to my readings on the ‘net.

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Last Week This Week, Edition #1

Last Week This Week, Edition #1

It’s going to take a little while to build up a regular blogging habit after such a long time away. The “weekly recap post” seems like a good way to wade back in, so I’m giving that a go. Welcome to Last Week This Week, Edition #1. The best part of my week A warm welcome back to this space! One reason I rarely unsubscribe from a dormant blog is the pleasure of seeing a […]

…and start all over again

…and start all over again

Let’s start all over again by continuing my recap of 2019. My #OneWord for 2019 was “regroup,” and for reasons discussed in my previous post, I can’t say I did. All things considered, maybe I should just recycle “regroup” for 2020. There were some bright spots and distractions from the assorted dramas of last year. Here’s a recap of 2019 highlights to start 2020 here on the blog. Movies The ones that stuck with me […]

In which I pick myself up, dust myself off…

In which I pick myself up, dust myself off…

…and glance back at the year that wasn’t here. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I know we’re almost two months in, but I hope it’s not too late to wish you a Happy New Year …whether you call it the first year of the new decade or the last year of the old one. (I guess maybe it depends on whether your count runs from 1 to 10 or 0 to 9?) I’ve been […]

CURRENTLY: I’ll Make This Quick [September 4, 2016]

CURRENTLY: I’ll Make This Quick [September 4, 2016]

CURRENTLY: I’ll Make This Quick It’s a quiet three-day weekend around here, and there’s not much to tell. It’s also delightfully and unusually cool for early September in Southern California, I’m hoping to spend some time reading out on the patio today and tomorrow. I’ll get back to my audiobook on Tuesday, Reading: Writing/Blogging: If I have the energy and ambition during what remains of this weekend, I’ll write up my thoughts on concluding the […]

DEAR MR. YOU by Mary-Louise Parker [Audiobook Thoughts]

DEAR MR. YOU by Mary-Louise Parker [Audiobook Thoughts]

Dear Mr. You Written by Mary-Louise Parker Audiobook read by Mary-Louise Parker Published by Scribner on November 10th 2015 ISBN: 9781501107832 Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Personal Memoirs Format: audiobook Pages: 240 Source: purchased A wonderfully unconventional literary debut from the award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker. An extraordinary literary work, Dear Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman’s life through letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who […]

Book Talk: LUKE SKYWALKER CAN’T READ, by Ryan Britt

Book Talk: LUKE SKYWALKER CAN’T READ, by Ryan Britt

Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths Ryan Britt Plume (November 2015), trade paper (ISBN 0147517575 / 9780147517579) Nonfiction: pop culture/essays, 224 pages Source: publisher This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound.   Just in time for the release of the seventh Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, Ryan Britt discusses this and other cornerstones of over fifty years of nerd culture in a collection of smart and occasionally snarky essays, Luke Skywalker Can’t […]

Show-and-Tell Sunday: NaBloPoMo, 2 Days to Go

Show-and-Tell Sunday: NaBloPoMo, 2 Days to Go

Taking a noncommittal, one-week-at-a-time approach to NaBloPoMo–I honestly can’t remember if I officially signed up to participate–got me through four weeks of  daily blogging, so I’m not all that worried about seeing it through the last two days of November. I think what made it work was seeing it as an opportunity to mix up my content, try a few new things, and give some old things a new lease on life. Nonfiction November provided the […]

5 To Read on Friday: Links of the Week, November 6

5 To Read on Friday: Links of the Week, November 6

It has been over a year since I last posted a Friday link round-up, but since I am attempting to do NaBloPoMo this week (you read that right–I’m taking this month one week at a time), it seemed like a good excuse to resurrect it!  “NaBloPoMo is your experience. It’s your 30-day posting process, and you can use the space on your blog in any way you choose: You can access daily prompts through BlogHer. You can post a […]

Reading, Watching, Listening: Playing with Playster

Reading, Watching, Listening: Playing with Playster

Disclosure: I was offered a free seven-day premium membership to Playster in order to get to know the service. Some information included in this post is available in Playster’s press kit. This is a compensated review. Compensation does not influence my opinion. I was recently invited to check out Playster, a new service that provides a single source for every kind of online entertainment: movies, music, games, and books (e-books and audiobooks). In its own […]

(Audio)Book Talk: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel, read by Kirsten Potter

(Audio)Book Talk: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel, read by Kirsten Potter

Station Eleven: A Novel Emily St. John Mandel (Twitter) Audiobook read by Kirsten Potter Vintage (June 2015), trade paper (ISBN 9780804172448) Fiction, 352 pages Source: Audiobook borrowed from Los Angeles Public Library via Overdrive.com (Random House Audio, June 2014, ISBN 9780553397987)   This post contains affiliate links to Indiebound. I’m inconsistent in my response to “everyone’s talking about it” novels, but more often than not, I tend to wait until the talk has died down a bit. Everyone was talking […]