New Books & Novel Discoveries (April 2021)

Spring’s been hitting a little differently this year, eh? Or is it just me? The first half of this past month was so surprisingly warm and welcome, it’s too bad the latter half decided to act like regular old Spring with mud, cool weather, and the occasional flurries. What an odd month it’s been. I almost had very little to show for new books this month, but I couldn’t resist hitting up my local bookstore this week.

Without further ado, on to the books!Read More »

Reading Challenge Update

This feels a bit late, since we’re nearly a week into April now, but it was a long weekend so I’ll cut myself a bit of slack. Why not? The stresses of the past year have continued, but it seems like maybe there’s more light at the end of the tunnel. This Winter felt especially desolate for some reason, so the emergence of Spring has been especially appreciated this year.

Admittedly, books haven’t quite been the escape they usually are for me, but I’m still trucking along, committed to reading them. They don’t feel a chore, but I find I’m having a harder time with longer sessions. Let’s see how I’m doing with my challenges now that the first quarter of 2021 has finished.Read More »

Spring Cleaning My Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme run by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s not a weekly post I’ve ever participated in before, but I check in on it from time to time in case I’m hit with inspiration. Turns out this is the week, though I’ve dragged my feet a little, as today’s list is a “Spring Cleaning Freebie.”

The first thought that comes to mind when I think of spring cleaning and books is getting rid of books…which I generally avoid doing. I just don’t want to part with them, if I can help it. It also conjures the image of dusting things off, however, and I have an unfortunate amount of books that have been collecting a ridiculous amount of dust over the years. So, my list for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is 10 books that have sat on my shelf for over five years (a few definitely over 10, honestly) that I really ought to dust off and read.Read More »

New Books & Novel Discoveries (February 2021)

Another month on the cusp of falling away from the year 2021. My reading has been weirdly inconsistent so far. I’ve been great at finishing a lot of comic books, but somehow I’ve only read three books of prose. I’m usually good about finishing at least two a month, which isn’t exactly great, but it’s better than this below-average pace. Gotta try and pick things up a bit. Speaking of picking things up, I’ve got a nice new handful of books I’ll eventually read at an indeterminate time.

On to the books!Read More »

New Books & Novel Discoveries (January 2021)

Ah, January, the magical month that somehow feels much longer than all the others. It’s been bitterly cold around these parts, so if you live anywhere like where I do I hope you’ve been keeping warm. This month I actually did have trouble recalling all the books I got, rather than the usual feeling like I’ve forgotten something when I really haven’t. An auspicious start, hopefully, for many more great new books to come this year.

On to the books!Read More »

Reading is Believing

Where do stories live, exactly?

There is a perfectly rational answer to that question, that they’re products of human imagination, recorded/remembered for posterity in the spoken/written word, on film, in illustrations, etc. They can be left unfinished, errors can be made, or records and memories can be incomplete or destroyed and that is that.

I’m more interested in this question from an emotional standpoint, though, not a rational or logical one.Read More »

New Books & Novel Discoveries (November 2020)

November was yet another month where I could’ve sworn I got more books than I end up writing about. I think the main reason for that is I’m still waiting on a book my friend ordered me for my birthday. The shop she ordered it from is taking its time shipping it, and I guess I kept assuming I’d have it soon. I’ve been expecting to include it in one of these posts since October. Oh well, it’ll be along sometime.

Enough about the book I’m still waiting for, on to the new books!Read More »