My June Reading Wrap-Up

June was a month where I concentrated on taking care of myself — I’m doing yoga, meditation, and generally trying to keep anxiety levels at a manageable level. I’m working on appreciating my life more and worrying less about things I can’t control. Easier said than done, but I’m learning some good approaches. Here’s what I…

Some of my favorite books that blend fiction and nonfiction

I love novels that are so steeped in history, they meld fiction and nonfiction. These are most often historical novels about real people who did noteworthy things, where the author builds the story around both fictional and nonfictional characters and dialogue. The best of these novels are deeply researched, and by the end I’ve experienced history in…

Reading the 2021 Women’s Prize Longlist – Mini-Reviews

A few months ago I posted about the 2021 Women’s Prize longlist.  At the time I had only read two of the books, Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (both excellent). Since then I’ve read four more of the books from the longlist: Piranesi, Luster, How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps…

My 20 Books of Summer

I’ve generally been avoiding reading lists lately, except for this one. I love everything about summer, including thinking about what I want to read. Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer challenge is simple — it’s just a list of 20 books we plan to read over the next three months. This is coming in a bit…

The 2021 Nebula and Hugo Finalists for Science Fiction and Fantasy

The finalists for this year’s Nebula Award were announced on March 15, 2021.  The Nebula Awards are voted on by members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America which, according to its website, has over 1,500 members. I’ve read four of the six Nebula finalists for best novel, and I started but didn’t finish…

My April Reading Wrap-up

April was a pretty good month, with a job change for my husband, our first visit from family in over a year, and my first vaccination.  A friend invited me to join a group of women who are walking/running an informal half-marathon in mid-May. I’ve “stepped” up my daily walks to 3-4 miles and treated myself…

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