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My September Reading Wrap-Up

September felt very, very long. I started a tough new job, spent the month alone while my husband visited his family in California, and worried about my niece who may have been infected with COVID (she wasn’t, thankfully). We lost RBG, and the country… Continue Reading “My September Reading Wrap-Up”

My July Reading Wrap-Up

July felt like a long month.  There are a lot of things happening in this country that quite frankly terrify me. Among other things, I’m furious about the way school re-openings have been politicized. Two of my sisters are teachers – one is desperate to… Continue Reading “My July Reading Wrap-Up”

20 Books of Summer: My June Reading Wrap-up

I always read a lot in summer, because I like to sit outside and read, even in the heat, and thanks to audiobooks I can read while I garden. This was a really good reading month, mainly because of the diversity of authors and… Continue Reading “20 Books of Summer: My June Reading Wrap-up”

My May Reading Wrap-up

May was a troubling month, I’m not going to lie about that. I’m deeply disturbed by the events of the last week, and I’m constantly disturbed by my country’s leadership and reactions to the pandemic. I had hoped (naively) that the pandemic might be… Continue Reading “My May Reading Wrap-up”

It’s the Tenth Anniversary of The Book Stop!

May 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of The Book Stop.  This kind of caught me by surprise, even though a year ago I was thinking what I might do to mark the big ten. What can I say, life is a little strange right… Continue Reading “It’s the Tenth Anniversary of The Book Stop!”

My April Reading Wrap-up

How was your April?  This month moved a lot quicker than March — life at home is feeling more normal.  I guess I like having a routine, and we’ve been keeping virtually busy, actually (online wine tasting, book clubs, zooming with family).  Our cat,… Continue Reading “My April Reading Wrap-up”

My February Reading Wrap-Up

Happy Leap Day everyone!  Right now our house feels like a construction zone because we’re renovating our bathroom.  It’s messy and disruptive, and our cats aren’t happy, but I’m really excited for the results. I hadn’t given a lot of thought to the coronavirus… Continue Reading “My February Reading Wrap-Up”

2019: My Year in Reading and Blogging

Here’s a quick summary of what I read this year: All books: 122 Reviewed: 37 ARC/Review Requests: 9 2019 releases: 30 Author of color: 51 Nonfiction: 19 Graphic novel/memoir: 3 Part of series: 34 New series: 13 New to me author: 81 Set primarily… Continue Reading “2019: My Year in Reading and Blogging”

My July Reading Wrap-up

July was a fantastic reading month, much better than June.  Here’s what I read: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (audio) Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (audio) The Calculating Stars… Continue Reading “My July Reading Wrap-up”

My May Reading Wrap-up

May was a mostly good month and a very good reading month. I love summer, and soon I’ll be posting my 20 Books of Summer List, one of my favorite challenges.  I discovered audiobooks, for one thing, which are helping me get into better shape.   I put a… Continue Reading “My May Reading Wrap-up”

My April Reading Wrap-up

April was a great month, ending with a trip to Southern California that included my husband’s college reunion, wine tasting in Paso Robles, and some much-needed time away from work. This month I spent a lot of time preparing my garden, and this year… Continue Reading “My April Reading Wrap-up”

The Pros and Cons of Writing Book Reviews

A lot of us started our book blogs with a focus on writing book reviews. More and more, though, the bloggers I read are finding they don’t really want to write book reviews. Some are eliminating reviews entirely, while others are relying more on… Continue Reading “The Pros and Cons of Writing Book Reviews”

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