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Goodreads Choice Awards Reading Challenge

Every year, I try to come up with a reading challenge that I hope I will…

Favorite reads of 2020

Happy New Year, and good riddance to 2020! 🙂 Before we say goodbye to 2020 for…

2020 holiday sale

2020 has been a dreadful year, but what better way to end it than with a…

NaNoWriMo 2020 recap

After taking a year off from the challenge, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)…

NaNoWriMo 2020

It’s November, which means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is upon us again! After skipping NaNoWriMo…

The Stand

While rearranging my bookshelves one day in an attempt to create more space for books (a…

First person present tense

There used to be a time when I would only read stories written in the third…

I miss being around physical books

  It’s been over five months since I’ve last visited a library or been inside a…

Admitting defeat

For the past two years, I’ve been working on a novel. It was going to be…

A new reading goal

In April, Goodreads published a list of the 40 most popular mysteries of the past five…

The problem with my NY Times Best Seller Reading Challenge

At the beginning of the year, I posted that I’d be embarking on a new reading…

How the pandemic is changing my life

  For those like me who live in Northern California, it’s been a month since we…

Benefits of a pandemic

We live in scary times. The coronavirus has dominated the headlines the past few weeks. People…

Leap day

Happy Leap Day! It’s not often we get a February 29, so to celebrate this day…

NY Times Best Seller Reading Challenge

One of my favorite aspects of past reading challenges has been reading books by authors who…

Favorite reads of 2019

Happy New Year, everyone! As we get ready to welcome 2020, here were my favorite reads…

What would you do with a Groundhog Day time loop?

I watched a movie recently that was similar to “Groundhog Day” in that the main character…

Harry Potter vs. Star Wars, Theme Park Edition

It’s no surprise that there are many similarities between Harry Potter and Star Wars. They both…

Famblooey!

Did you know that Dr. Seuss invented the word “nerd”? Or that John Milton came up…

2019 Summer Sale

If you’re feeling blue because summer is almost over, I have something to help cheer you…

2019 Authors A to Z update

At the beginning of the year, one of the reading goals I set for myself was…

Finding room for books

Image courtesy of My Modern Met I admit that I have a book buying addiction. I…

Spoilers, anyone?

Two of the most anticipated finales that I can remember recently aired: Avengers: Endgame and Game…

Visiting the world’s largest independent bookstore

Powell’s City of Books claims to be the “largest used and new bookstore in the world,…

I’m reading more thrillers

I’m a big believer that, to be a better writer, one should read more. As a…