One of the things about doing a bit of a retrospective of where you’ve been in the last year is that you occasionally realize things that sort of slid by you when you were actually experiencing them. While compiling my list of top 10 recommendations of books I read in 2016 , I did a count … Continue reading In Praise of eBooks
It is the time of year for retrospectives. And rather than recap celebrity deaths (Prince, Bowie, Mariah Carey’s career), I thought I’d pick a handful of materials I’ve checked out from the library that gave me hours of enjoyment this past year of 2016. They were not all published in 2016, but 2016 was the … Continue reading Rollicking Reads from 2016
Probably the first series I ever encountered was one my three older sisters had “bequeathed” to the family collection – it was the Trixie Belden mystery series. As I read the single book in the series that we had on our bookshelves, I quickly became aware of (and somewhat annoyed at) the fact that the … Continue reading Reading Series – a professional’s guide
I have recently revisited Georgia-born author Janisse Ray's work of nonfiction titled Ecology of a Cracker Childhood. The book's innards are in the title as Ray alternates chapters where she recounts her childhood memories with contrasting subject matter of the unique ecology of southern Georgia's coastal plain otherwise known as the longleaf pine wiregrass ecosystem. Janisse Ray … Continue reading On Janisse Ray, Environment, and History’s Knack for Repeating Itself
Days and dates are declared for various purposes all the time. Of course, there are the big holidays but there are other often lesser known dates of importance that come about. One such date was September 13th. What was special about that day you ask? It was Roald Dahl Day. It would have been his … Continue reading Roald Dahl Day
If you get a reputation as a “reader,” it won’t be long before folks you know start asking you about books. “Read any good books lately?” “What are you reading now?” “I need a good book recommendation – what do you suggest?” You’ll hear that even more often if you happen to be a … Continue reading You’ll like this one!
Many folks have heard of or seen True Blood, an HBO series that ran seven seasons and garnered both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Not me, never saw an episode. But the creator of the books behind the series, Charlaine Harris, spoke at a conference I went to last year, so I decided to read some of her titles. Although she's written SIX series including the one "True Blood" was based on, I picked her most recent series on which to cut my teeth (no vampire pun intended).
The books keep piling up. Most of my posts have a theme to them, such as zombies, or cats, or weddings. It is easy enough to fit books into categories. The problem are those books that don't quite fit into these niches. This helped give birth to Random Book Day, but that isn't until November, … Continue reading 10 More Books I Read
It was last summer that I blogged about genre bingo, and it has taken me that long to finally get bingo myself. Believe me, I have been reading up a storm since then. I just haven't been reading the right books, I guess. One thing I pledged to do, and obviously kept to, was to … Continue reading I Did It! Bingo!
I've touched on the question of what makes a book "classic" before, and it inspired me to take a more indepth look. Now, I still can't really tell you what qualifies a book as a classic, but it is pretty interesting to look at some trends. Finding lists of classic books is easy. They are … Continue reading Classics For A Reason: 8 Books That Stand The Test Of Time