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”
I’m a big fan of Modern Mrs. Darcy’s podcast, What Should I Read Next? so I signed up to receive her summer reading guide as well (to get the guide, you will need to provide your email). This is a list of summer releases that aims… Continue Reading “Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2020 Summer Reading Guide”
Romance novels are my comfort reads. Typically, I don’t read many of them. While fun to read, they rarely stick with me. A lot of romances follow predictable patterns and rarely surprise – although I could argue that’s exactly why they are comforting. But… Continue Reading “My Year of Reading Romance”
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”
Every year I put a lot of Women’s Prize nominees on my TBR list. Early in the calendar year, the Women’s Prize announces its longlist of 16 books. These are books written by women and published in the previous year. They must be written… Continue Reading “Reading the Women’s Prize 2020 Nominees”
The events of the last few weeks relating to racism, police brutality, and criminal justice have been horrifying; and yet, at the same time there’s something really uplifting about seeing so many people talking about racism and taking positive steps to do something about… Continue Reading “Reading about Racism”
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”
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!”
I’m so happy it’s finally summer! This year, I’ve been avoiding TBR lists and trying to take some of the pressure off of what and how I read. But I’ll make an exception for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge, hosted by Cathy at… Continue Reading “20 Books of Summer”
I really liked this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, which was ten books you’ve recently given up on. I completely spaced it on Tuesday, but I’ve decided to post anyway. I’ve been giving myself “permission” lately to start and stop books. For one thing,… Continue Reading “Ten Books I Recently Abandoned”
If you haven’t listened to a lot of audiobooks, but you’re thinking about it, here are some recommendations, organized by some of the categories I like best by audio. For discussion of how audiobooks differ from print books, see Part 1.
I “read” my first audiobook last May, and audiobooks quickly became a major part of my reading life. I started listening mainly so I could be more active. I didn’t think I would enjoy listening to books, so I started with something on the… Continue Reading “My Year of Audiobooks (Part 1)”
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