At last, the hell-year is over. I don't know about you, but surviving 2020 really made me look around and take stock of my life. It made me see things in new ways, let go of old habits that weren't serving me any more, and want more and more to stop letting change happen to … Continue reading 2021 Reading Goals
The final month of my Own Voices Global Reading Challenge proved to be the most difficult yet, which is why this post is so late in reaching the blog. I have tried to be extremely diligent about getting my monthly TBR for this challenge prepared well in advance so that I have time find the … Continue reading Oceania: Wrap-up!
I had a really great reading year this year! I found a lot of great new stuff, remembered why fantasy is my favorite genre, revisited old favorites, and stretched myself with the Global Reading Challenge. Here are my favorite fiction reads this year! Claire of the Sea-Light by Edwidge Danticat: I picked this one up … Continue reading Top Ten Fiction Books of 2020
Happy last-month of this hell year! We made it! Welcome to the second to last update on my Own Voices Global Reading Challenge. I still have a month to go, but I can resolutely say that this challenge was exactly what I needed -- and could a global reading challenge come at a better time … Continue reading East Asia: Wrap-up!
Yesterday morning, my sister said five times in the span of an hour, "it's November," with surprise and awe. My brother said, "it feels like it was March and then October, and next month it will feel like March and then November, and I'll completely forget October." Isn't that exactly how time works now? March … Continue reading Southeast Asia: Wrap-up!
Stephen King and I have a lot in common. We share the same birthday, we both love monsters and things that go bump in the night, and we both are wildly successful and exciting authors (well, I'm manifesting that last one still). Because of these similarities, he's always danced around the edge of my TBRs, … Continue reading 5 Books to Read Instead of Stephen King
As I bounded through The Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea, I found myself torn. As much as I enjoyed the story, as much as I related to the characters and realized the trials of women aren't so different across the globe, I couldn't help but feel that my reflection in the glass was somewhat … Continue reading On Translations
I think I've started almost every monthly wrap up post with "Can you believe it's already ___?!" but doing a once a month blog post like this has been keeping me more aware of passing time than I think I ever have been. Of course, the state of the world has been confusing the timeline … Continue reading The Middle East: Wrap-up!
As my sister drove us by the movie theater the other day, I remembered suddenly that I hadn’t seen a movie in theaters in eight months. The last one I saw was Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, for the second time in January. It was a weird thought. I love movies. I have deeply fond memories … Continue reading From Page to Screen: My Most Anticipated Upcoming Book Adaptations
This has been such a weird year, that nothing should surprise us anymore. Our heroes are dying, protests are inflamed all over the nation over police brutality, millions are infected with a serious and highly infectious disease, the election race is full of lies and pandering and corruption, and most of us have spent three … Continue reading What Would Harry Do?