Books We Love

Any book that gets on the list of a book I love is a book I can read more than once and think, "Boy, that's awesome" the second or third read through. Also, I hate being asked for favorite anythings, because my adoration for certain things evolves over time. So, here are my tops, in... Continue Reading →

The Place on the Shelf

For the last ten years, I worked for Barnes and Noble. Recently, I had the opportunity to finish school and go after my own writing career, which I'm happily pursuing at the moment--and that meant that I had to leave this wonderful place of business.A business that, I'm sure you won't be surprised, works very... Continue Reading →

Books on Writing: Yes and No

Writing books are an interesting niche market. Writers, by their nature, are readers and reading about writing seems really close to actually writing itself--after all, we're working on improving our craft, right?Yes and no.Yes--books on writing teach us different ways to approach this writing gig. After all, it's easy to say "Just Write." It's like... Continue Reading →

I am seduced by the thought of reading...but recently I've been on a stop/start program.Here's the list of books currently in progress:Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankAnne Frank: The Life, The Book, The Afterlife by Francine ProseWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max BrooksCaramelo by Sandra CisnerosThe Virgin... Continue Reading →

Does a novel really need to have a story?I'm reading World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. I'm loving it so far (I'm a little more than halfway through). But it occurs to me that it's not really a story in the traditional sense of the word. There's characters.... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading Challenge Progress Report

I just finished reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I must say that I was more impressed than the high schoolers that are currently assigned to read it will be. Yes, the language is old and tedious...made even more so because Hawthorne, being that great writer that he is, also made the language more... Continue Reading →

Saving the World by Julia Alvarez

Saving the World by Julia Alvarez My review rating: 3 of 5 starsI really loved the parallels that Alvarez created in this book:Smallpox-AIDSAlma (woman touched by idealistic man in today's world)-Isabel (woman touched by idealistic man in yesterday's world)Richard (idealistic man today)-Francisco Balmis (idealistic man yesterday)Basically Alma's husband is trying to develop a vaccine for... Continue Reading →

An Experiment

The Age of Fable: Library Edition by Thomas Bulfinch My review rating: 3 of 5 starsBulfinch likes the word 'propitious' least that's the word that stuck out the most to me as I listened to the narrator. Also 'thither'--such an old word that it seemed really forced, even with the knowledge that the book was... Continue Reading →

Mentor of the Month: Toni Morrison: Knocking Narrators

"To make the story appear oral, meandering, effortless, spoken--to have the reader feel the narrator without identifying that narrator, or hearing him or her knock about, to have the reader work with the author in the construction of the book--is what's important."-Toni Morrison, "Rootedness: The Ancestor as Foundation"from What Moves in the MarginThe reader brings... Continue Reading →

I'm glad Christopher Moore is coming out with a new book soon. Between The Count of Monte Cristo and the book I just finished reading, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, my reading list is looking to be a tad on the depressing side.Not that Reader wasn't worth reading. I think it gives a valuable point... Continue Reading →

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