Hello All! I hope your summer is going well. I figure we’re somewhere around the mid-point of #20BooksofSummer (but am too lazy to do any actual counting), so I thought I’d check in and share how things have been going so far. I’m happy to say that I’ve read five books on the list: Oral … Continue reading #10BooksofSummer Check-in
Category: Short Stories
10 Books of Summer Challenge
Well, hello there! Nothing like getting back into the swing of things like joining a challenge. I've been itching to get back to the blog, so when Cathy at 746 Books announced her annual 20 Books of Summer challenge, I decided this might be a prime opportunity. Now, I've failed to complete this challenge before, … Continue reading 10 Books of Summer Challenge
Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Authors in Literary Fiction
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is a freebie, so I decided to go back to a topic I didn’t get to post: the top ten underrated authors or books in a genre. I’ve chosen books by ten authors of literary fiction. Some of these authors are well-known (and … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Authors in Literary Fiction
Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read (But Didn’t)
Last year I found myself adding books to my wishlist like a crazy person. I think there must be a mathematical formula somewhere that shows how the desire to read a lot and the inability to do so results in a sort of virtual book hoarding behavior. The result is that I added plenty of … Continue reading Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read (But Didn’t)
Top Ten Tuesday: What Looks Good in 2015?
Today’s Top Ten (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)—Top Ten 2015 releases we anticipate most—was a tough one, because I am still thinking about all the great books I never got around to in 2014. Last year I probably read fewer books for leisure than since graduate school, when Eighteenth century British epistolary novels … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: What Looks Good in 2015?
Armchair BEA: Short Stories
This is a topic near and dear to my literary heart. For years I read short stories almost exclusively: collections, anthologies, literary journals, and magazines. I own every Best American Short Stories edition since 1995, when I first became interested in the form. I kept subscriptions to Tin House, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, One Story, Harper's, and … Continue reading Armchair BEA: Short Stories
I’m All Out of Love
Have you ever fallen out of love with an author? Recently on NetGalley I requested a book of stories by a writer whose stories and novels I used to love. I have read at least five of this author’s books (three collections, two novels), and one collection in particular I have recommended many times to … Continue reading I’m All Out of Love
Favorite Reads of 2013
Better late than never, I suppose, I've put together a list of my favorite books of 2013. I've noticed a lot of people have mentioned that 2013 was a particularly dry year for them, and a lot of prolific bloggers have confessed to reading fewer titles in 2013 than in years past. For me, 2013 … Continue reading Favorite Reads of 2013
All Hail Alice Munro! All Hail the Short Story!
Unless you live under a rock or simply do not care about literature at all (why are you here, by the way?), then you probably know by now that Alice Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. I heard the news this morning on NPR. I gave a whoop and started to cry; … Continue reading All Hail Alice Munro! All Hail the Short Story!
New Year, New Books (Part 2)
Please pardon my really super fabulous photography skills. Thank goodness I don't have a food blog. I actually have thought about sharing some recipes here from time to time, but every picture I take of food...well, something happens, and let's just say the photo never looks like anything anyone would want to eat. Ever. As … Continue reading New Year, New Books (Part 2)