Category: About Reading

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…

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…

20 Books of Summer

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…

Ten Books I Recently Abandoned

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,…

My Year of Audiobooks, Part 2: Book Recommendations

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.

My Year of Audiobooks (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…

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,…

Top ten books I wish I’d read as a child

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is actually something I’ve thought a lot about: books I wish I’d read as a child.  There’s something so completely different about reading a book as a child — really falling into the story and characters and making…

My March Reading Wrap-up

How is everyone? This was a strange and terrifying month, one that seems to have lasted forever.  Which is scary in itself, because we have at least a couple of months of this ahead.  There are things I’m liking about staying home.  In some…

Staying In, Week One

I started teleworking last Friday, and like many of you I’ll be home for the foreseeable future.  I’m bouncing back and forth between serious anxiety about the virus and reminding myself how much I have to be grateful for.  I’m fortunate that my work…

Ditching the TBR List: How We Choose What We Read

Most people, outside of school or work, read what they want, when they want.  But book bloggers spend a lot of time thinking about what they’re going to read – at least I do. Given limited reading time, I read for entertainment and for relaxation….

Looking Forward to the 2020 Women’s Prize Longlist

My favorite book list of the year is The Women’s Prize longlist, which will be announced March 3.  These are sixteen novels that are in the running to win the Prize, and I get a lot of great reads from this list (though I’m…

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