Books I Own But Haven’t Read

Check out Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish. For a while I was trying to be better about this, but I think at this point it’s something I have to accept about myself: I will always collect books faster than I can read them. I actually think I’ve been much worse than usual lately,…

A to Z Survey

Author you’ve read the most books from: Excluding children’s picture books (sorry Mo Willems), it’s Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, because of the 28 books in the Alice series. But if we could go back in time and count all the Baby-sitters Club books I read before Goodreads, I think Ann M. Martin would top the list….

The Fever, by Wallace Shawn

Five stars, read in April 2016. After reading his interview with the Paris Review, I knew I wanted to start tracking down Wallace Shawn’s work. I was so surprised by the connection I felt with his ideas in that interview, and it was the same with The Fever. It was written as a kind of one-act play,…

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

Finding old used bookstores that actually smell like old used bookstores Paris Review interviews—the most meaningful, insightful conversations with the most brilliant writers over the past seven decades Marvel Puzzle Quest, a game I play based on the comics Maps of fictional worlds Book trivia: some of my favorites are Sporcle (online) and QuizUp (an app on my…

The Thickety: A Path Begins, by J.A. White

Four stars, read in April 2015. The Thickety is surprisingly dark for juvenile fiction: grisly murders, horrifying creatures, dark magic, the extreme torment of small children by an entire village of cruel religious cult members. I liked it a lot even while I was annoyed by some silly things (the twelve-year-old girl’s dead mother’s dress “fit…

Three Beautiful Things I Saw on My Walk Today

A woman reading in sunlight in her backyard. This chair being used as a stepstool for such a perfect climbing tree. Gorgeous trees everywhere with new spring leaves. That’s the good news. The bad news is that I learned, contrary to my coworkers’ concerns, it is actually much safer for me to read while I…

San Francisco is for Book Lovers

And it’s certainly a place you’ll want to go if you have a bookish bucket list of your own. I went last week, to Sunnyvale actually—we only spent a day and a half in San Francisco proper. But there’s so much in this area that would appeal to bookish people, whether you’re in the city or…