You may recall my 2019 Reading Challenge, which I pretty much abandoned around mid-April last year. I think I was a little too ambitious in my criteria. But I still really like the idea of challenging and stretching myself with my reading, so this year I was looking for a way to do that without having … Continue reading Reading Challenges for 2020
And now for something completely different... Here is where I break the fourth wall and acknowledge that, yes, I have branded this site as a "book blog." I originally started it as a culmination of my gradually- and organically-narrowing focus in my writing--I've had two other blogs that were much more broad in focus (or … Continue reading A Coffee Tour of San Jose, California (and This Blog’s Existential Crisis)
If you haven't heard of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, it's an annual event in the month of November in which people try to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Daunting? Yes. I have no clue whatsoever how this is going to go, so that's fun! The novel I'm going to attempt is … Continue reading So I Guess I’m Doing NaNoWriMo (a Crisis)
So this post started out as my April wrap-up post. And then when I didn't end up reading much in April it was going to be an April/May combo post. But then that didn't happen, either, and I was thinking I might just do a monster "Late Spring-Summer" wrap-up, but I'm just not feeling that. … Continue reading Let Me Tell You About My Book Club
I previously wrote about how it feels to be in a reading slump, but I also sometimes have this almost opposite experience that I like to call "Book ADD," which is when you have too many options of books to read that all sound great, so you start all of them and can't decide which … Continue reading Book ADD
Do you ever wish books had soundtracks, like movies do? Stephenie Meyer kind of famously did this for the Twilight series; she commented that these were playlists she listened to while writing the books, but they'd work great to have as background music while you're reading, as well. The same can be said of Sarah J. Maas, … Continue reading Creating Book Soundtracks
If you follow my posts you may have noticed that things have been a little quiet here for a couple of weeks. Or maybe you didn't notice, I don't know. I'm not the center of the universe, contrary to popular opinion. I took a bit of a break from blogging because I have a lot … Continue reading Reading Slump Blues
It is really so kind of the organizers of Independent Bookstore Day to always schedule it for my birthday weekend. I get to buy birthday presents to myself and support indie bookstores! This year we only made it to two stores, as we stayed on the Olympic Peninsula rather than taking the ferry over to … Continue reading Independent Bookstore Day 2019!
This post is in partnership with Basic Invite, Truly Custom Invitations for all events and occasions! 'Tis the season of grad parties, weddings, and spring soirees. If you're a book lover (which, of course you are if you're reading this blog, right?) and you also happen to be planning an upcoming party or event, you … Continue reading Bookish Event Theme Ideas (and the Chic Invitations to Go With Them!)
This is a little late, but I met Katherine Arden, author of the incredible Winternight trilogy (I've posted briefly about it before, if you're not familiar, and probably will more in the future...) at her book signing at Emerald City Comic Con last weekend! She was really friendly; she gave me a free poster and said … Continue reading Did I Mention I Met Katherine Arden?