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!
We witnessed history a couple weeks ago, as the first ever photograph of a black hole was seen and shared and reported on countless times on Wednesday, April 10. This is a monumental achievement, as it took a team of over 100 scientists and engineers several years and a computing telescope the size of the … Continue reading Science Nonfiction to Read if You’re Still Excited About the Black Hole Photo
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!)
I am a hypocrite. Not really, but I needed a good hook for this post. If I had written this maybe three years ago I would have been a hypocrite, though, so we'll go with it. Here's why. I used to fancy myself a book snob. I always adamantly claimed that any book was inherently … Continue reading On Watching the Movie When You Haven’t Read the Book
The Washington State Department of Corrections quietly issued a complete ban on prison book donations last month. "So quietly, in fact, that they didn't bother to tell us first. We only know now because we found this memo on their website today. We're ready to fight it..." Books to Prisoners, the Seattle-based nonprofit that has … Continue reading Sign the Petition to Reverse the Ban on Book Donations to Washington Prisons
I read nothing, I repeat, NOTHING for my 2019 Reading Challenge in March, which means I didn't draw any book covers this month. (I'm not worried; I have plenty of time.) There was a lot to celebrate about my March reads, though. All eight books I read, as well as the book I tried to … Continue reading Powerful Women: My March Reads
Have you seen Us yet? If you haven't you need to, like, right now. And not just because there are spoilers in this post. Jordan Peele's second movie is a complex horror-thriller masterpiece that warrants multiple viewings, and even then, I don't think we'd fully grasp all the depth and richness of this film. Plus, … Continue reading Classics to Read if You Loved “Us”
I was given an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It's a personal rule of mine to never start a book series in the middle. The last time I did so was over ten years ago, when I picked up a library copy of Jasper Fforde's Lost in a … Continue reading Review: An Artless Demise
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?
Every reader knows there can be certain things about reading, books, and the bookish life that just rub you the wrong way, whether it's a quirk of an author's writing style or over-used story trope, or a marketing tactic or business practice of book publishers, or the practical traits of books as physical objects, or … Continue reading Weird Bookish Pet Peeves