Guess Who’s Back, Back Again?*

Posted April 29, 2016 by LeahAdmin in Blogging & Challenges / 10 Comments
Guess Who’s Back, Back Again?*

Hello booklings! Can I first just say how much I’ve missed you all? I had no idea how disconnected my blogging hiatus would make me feel, and I’ve missed the excitement, nerdery, and smart conversations. (I have also really appreciated the ways many people have stayed in touch!) Although I’m still working on finding a healthy balance in my life between, work, the boyfriend (we’ll call him bae), running, reading, and necessary time to myself, for the last few weeks I’ve felt the blogging itch. I’m still not reading anywhere near as much as I used to, but I’ve been picking up books that excite me, and my head is buzzing with post ideas. I’ve been quietly drafting posts whenever […]

(Officially) Taking a Blogging Break

Posted January 6, 2016 by LeahAdmin in Miscellaneous / 46 Comments
(Officially) Taking a Blogging Break

A belated happy new year, booklings! And while we’re on the topic of things “belated,” I must apologize that this post is coming rather later than it should have. As many of you know, the last six months of my life have been filled with earth-shifting changes, and although I held the blog together pretty well at first, I haven’t had the time or brain-space to write, or even to read very much. It feels slightly surreal to look back at the changes of 2015. I spent most of the year unemployed after being laid off from my office job in late 2014, broke up with my boyfriend of nearly six years in July, moved out of the apartment we had shared together, […]

What I’m Reading Monday, October 19

Posted October 19, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Miscellaneous / 18 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, October 19

Happy Monday, booklings! Can I take a moment to talk about how glorious the fall weather is around here? It’s chilly but not cold, the leaves have turned the most beautiful colors, the afternoon light has the most glorious golden quality, and the biggest sartorial choice I have to make each day is which flannel shirt I want to layer over a tee. I want it to stay like this always. It was another fairly slow reading week for me, despite the fantastic quality of my books. I finished up The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra, which was really wonderful; as with A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, I just wanted to start the whole book over again as soon […]

Four Favorite Fall Releases

Posted October 15, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Reviews / 11 Comments
Four Favorite Fall Releases

Although I’ve stepped back from reviewing new releases in the last few months, the fall books I have managed to read so far have been excellent! Here’s a quick look at four of my favorites: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson Publisher: Random House Release Date: August 18, 2015 Pages: 304 Source: Publisher Fresh off the heels of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Orphan Master’s Son, Anthony Johnson is back with an excellent short story collection. In “George Orwell Was a Friend of Mine,” a former warden of an East German Stasi prison denies the crimes of his past and tries to convince tourists that no wrong-doing was committed. In “Dark Meadow,” a pedophile grapples with his desires while using his computer skills […]

What I’m Reading Tuesday, October 13

Posted October 13, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Miscellaneous / 14 Comments
What I’m Reading Tuesday, October 13

Hello booklings! Columbus Day totally threw me off, and I didn’t manage to get my “what I’m reading” post up yesterday, but better late than never, right? I’m still in a bit of a reading slump, but it has nothing to do with the quality of the books I’m reading. The books are wonderful, but I’m having trouble finding the motivation to sit down and read them. I finished up The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood, which was really excellent. Nearly a week later, I still have a lot to mull over. I also made it halfway through The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra, which is every bit as fantastic as I had been hoping. He somehow manages to […]

Audiobook Mini Reviews

Posted October 7, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Reviews / 17 Comments
Audiobook Mini Reviews

I have been in a pretty major blogging slump for the last few months, and the number of books I have read but neglected to review is frankly embarrassing. To close that gap a little bit, I’d like to share mini reviews of some of the fantastic audiobooks I’ve listened to lately! Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: The Penguin Press | Blackhouse Audio Pages / Hours: 292 pages | 10 hours, 1 minute Source: Audible When the body of Lydia Lee, the favorite daughter of a mixed race couple in 1970s Ohio, is discovered at the bottom of the local lake, her already fractured family is shaken to its core. Long-buried secrets rise to […]

In Which I Freak Out About the Harry Potter Parallels in Jane Eyre

Posted October 5, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Reviews / 19 Comments
In Which I Freak Out About the Harry Potter Parallels in Jane Eyre

In the 16 years since I first cracked open a Harry Potter book, I’ve seen the series compared to Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, The Bible, Star Wars, and numerous other cultural touchstones. As an avid Potter fan (with the tattoo to prove it), I thought I had a pretty good handle on J.K. Rowling’s influences. And yet, I recently read a classic to which Harry Potter has startlingly obvious parallels that I’ve never heard anyone talk about. (Even the Harry Potter Influences and Analogues Wikipedia page neglects to mention it.*) That classic is… Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte! I’ve been meaning to read Jane Eyre for years, and I finally took the plunge last month. Within a few pages, I had an odd sense of deja […]

September Reads

Posted October 1, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Miscellaneous / 18 Comments
September Reads

Hello booklings! I apologize for falling off the face of the earth last month, but I can’t really promise to do much better in October. There’s a ton going on in my personal life, and I haven’t been able to clear my mind enough to write anything coherent. (A few weeks ago, I tried to buckle down and write some mini reviews, but I basically just stared at my laptop screen for a full hour, unable to dredge up any words.) But I’m hoping against hope that things will finally settle down a bit this month! Even my reading was all over the place in September. I’m officially taking a break from galleys (unless one is REALLY calling to me), […]

Five Inspirational Gems from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Posted September 22, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Reviews / 19 Comments
Five Inspirational Gems from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Love her or hate her, Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing has made her a household name — and in Big Magic: Creative Living Without Fear, she encourages her readers to embark on a life of curiosity, creativity, and passion. This doesn’t necessarily mean pursuing a life dedicated to the arts, though; “when I refer to “creative living,” I am speaking more broadly. I’m talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear,” she writes. Written in a conversational tone full of empathy, humor, and wisdom, Gilbert doles out lessons from history, anecdotes from friends, and her own insights into creativity and inspiration. Like Eat, Pray, Love, I have a feeling some readers will love this book […]

What I’m Reading Monday, September 14

Posted September 14, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Miscellaneous / 11 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, September 14

Happy Monday, booklings! My future may be just as much of a mystery as it was last week (and has been for the last two months), but for the first time, I feel excited about the possibilities. There are actual possibilities! Choices to make, things that might finally go right. But I should probably stop there for fear of jinxing myself. I also got a bit of my blogging and reading mojo back this week! I managed to get two regular posts up, and I actually finished a book! I’m still plugging slowly away at Jane Eyre, but after multiple weeks of reading no more than 30-40 pages per day, I decided I needed to mix things up. I picked up Tiny Beautiful […]