There used to be a time when I would only read stories written in the third person past tense point … More First person present tense
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It’s been over five months since I’ve last visited a library or been inside a bookstore. That’s more than … More I miss being around physical books
For the past two years, I’ve been working on a novel. It was going to be my first thriller, a … More Admitting defeat
In April, Goodreads published a list of the 40 most popular mysteries of the past five years. I was surprised … More A new reading goal
At the beginning of the year, I posted that I’d be embarking on a new reading challenge to read at … More The problem with my NY Times Best Seller Reading Challenge
For those like me who live in Northern California, it’s been a month since we started sheltering in place. … More How the pandemic is changing my life
We live in scary times. The coronavirus has dominated the headlines the past few weeks. People are dying around the … More Benefits of a pandemic
Happy Leap Day! It’s not often we get a February 29, so to celebrate this day that comes only once … More Leap day
One of my favorite aspects of past reading challenges has been reading books by authors who are new to me … More NY Times Best Seller Reading Challenge
Happy New Year, everyone! As we get ready to welcome 2020, here were my favorite reads of 2019. 1. The … More Favorite reads of 2019
I watched a movie recently that was similar to “Groundhog Day” in that the main character relived the same day … More What would you do with a Groundhog Day time loop?
It’s no surprise that there are many similarities between Harry Potter and Star Wars. They both now share something else: … More Harry Potter vs. Star Wars, Theme Park Edition
Did you know that Dr. Seuss invented the word “nerd”? Or that John Milton came up with “pandemonium”? Charles Dickens … More Famblooey!
If you’re feeling blue because summer is almost over, I have something to help cheer you up: a summer book … More 2019 Summer Sale
At the beginning of the year, one of the reading goals I set for myself was to read 26 books … More 2019 Authors A to Z update
Image courtesy of My Modern Met I admit that I have a book buying addiction. I buy books every month. … More Finding room for books
Two of the most anticipated finales that I can remember recently aired: Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones. Despite the … More Spoilers, anyone?
Powell’s City of Books claims to be the “largest used and new bookstore in the world, occupying an entire city … More Visiting the world’s largest independent bookstore
I’m a big believer that, to be a better writer, one should read more. As a corollary, reading in the … More I’m reading more thrillers
Rarely does a day go by when I’m not reminded that I’m getting older. Whether it’s forgetting little things, dealing … More Getting Older Isn’t All Bad
Every year, I try to have some kind of reading goal or theme to complement the books I’d normally choose … More Reading goals for 2019
Happy New Year! As we ring in the new year, let’s take a look back at the top ten books … More Favorite reads of 2018
Image courtesy of Goodreads As we approach the end of another year, it’s time to review the books I read … More What I read in 2018
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here! What better way to celebrate than with a book sale? Between … More 2018 holiday sale
For the fifth year in a row, I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and for the second year … More NaNoWriMo 2018 recap