Category: Challenges

Review: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

This is my second book by O’Neill, and while it wasn’t nearly as powerful as Asking for It, it still kept me thinking well after I put it down.  O’Neill draws characters that feel very real, and her books leave an emotional impact.  Only… Continue Reading “Review: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill”

Reading Resolutions and Challenges for 2021

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about our reading goals and challenges for 2021.  In my last post, I wrote about my reading and blogging trends in 2020, so now it’s time to think about what I want… Continue Reading “Reading Resolutions and Challenges for 2021”

My Year in Reading Challenges

At the beginning of 2020 I focused on four challenges: Read Harder, Reading Nonfiction, Reading Around the World, and reading books I already owned.  My goal in January was to keep things a little simpler.  And then 2020 happened. I ended up reading a… Continue Reading “My Year in Reading Challenges”

Reading Around the World in 2020

Every year I try to read as many books as possible that are set in other countries. I keep track of each new country read as part of the five-year Reading Around the World challenge. And I joined a book club that reads books… Continue Reading “Reading Around the World in 2020”

20 Books of Summer: My Reading Wrap-up

I’m always sad when summer ends, but this has been a really strange summer. 2020 can’t end soon enough for me. What a truly horrible week. On the personal side, I actually have some positive news. I applied for a promotion at work and… Continue Reading “20 Books of Summer: My Reading Wrap-up”

Review: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I ended up finding it both fascinating and moving. I knew it was about a true-life group of people in the Appalachians with blue skin, and it was also about the historic Packhorse Librarians,… Continue Reading “Review: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson”

My Year of Reading Romance

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”

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”

Review: The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

I started reading this book a few months ago, and then decided I needed to wait until I was in the right frame of mind. This is a tough read that will take you right back to September 11, 2001. It’s a vast collection… Continue Reading “Review: The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff”

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… Continue Reading “20 Books of Summer”

Review: No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder

I’m adding this book to my list of nonfiction books I wish everyone would read.  It addresses the many misconceptions about domestic violence, like: It’s a relationship issue, not a crime. It’s not that bad, or she would leave. He doesn’t seem like a… Continue Reading “Review: No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder”

Review: Know My Name by Chanel Miller

This is a book I think most of us should read, though it’s definitely not an easy read. In 2015, Chanel Miller went to a party at Stanford.  Two guys found her unconscious on the ground near a dumpster, with a guy on top… Continue Reading “Review: Know My Name by Chanel Miller”

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