Five Inspirational Gems from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Posted September 22, 2015 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 […]

What I’m Reading Monday, September 14

Posted September 14, 2015 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 […]

When Readers Invade

Posted September 10, 2015 in Events & Travel / 23 Comments
When Readers Invade

As I mentioned in my What I’m Reading post a few days ago, I was able to attend my first Buffalo Reading Invasion last week! Buffalo may have famously harsh winters, but our summers are pretty glorious, with more sunny days than any other major city in the Northeast. And we like to celebrate our warm, sunny days by spending as much time outdoors as possible. We also happen to be a fairly literary city; Buffalo is home to great indie […]

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart: A Bold Historical Romp

Posted September 8, 2015 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart: A Bold Historical Romp

Constance Kopp has never been one to conform to expectations. At 35 years old, she is unmarried, residing in a farmhouse with her two similarly unattached sisters (Norma and Fleurette), and trying desperately to hold onto the farm as the family funds dwindle. The Kopp sisters’ troubles are only compounded when the automobile of wealthy silk merchant Henry Kauffman collides with their buggy during a trip into town. When Constance demands restitution for the damaged buggy, Kauffman repays the sisters […]

What I’m Reading Monday, September 7

Posted September 7, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 14 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, September 7

You thought I was kidding when I asked if I could just write What I’m Reading posts indefinitely, didn’t you? I mean, I WAS kidding, and yet I haven’t written a real post in three weeks. I feel slightly more settled than last week, but I’m still moving at the speed of light, hopping all over the place to see friends and having trouble finding time to sit down to read or blog. Some highlights: Attending my first reading invasion! One Monday evening each month […]

August Reads

Posted September 1, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 29 Comments
August Reads

Oh August, what even WERE you? I don’t think I’ve ever had a more hectic month. After moving out of the apartment I had shared with my ex, I spent most of the month bouncing around between my parents’ house a few hours away and the spare bedroom of one of my best (and very generous) friends here in Buffalo. I’ve been keeping super busy with friends and family, which has been great for my spirits but bad for my […]

What I’m Reading Monday, August 24

Posted August 24, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 11 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, August 24

It’s cool if I just write “What I’m Reading” posts from here on out, right? Because they seem to be all I can muster the motivation to write lately. Life changes, you guys! They’re hard. I just got back to Buffalo after spending a week with my family. It was lovely; I got to spend an afternoon out on the boat, wander through a sculpture garden, go kayaking with a good friend, and spend some quality time with my sister. […]

My Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

Posted August 18, 2015 in Literary Lists / 12 Comments
My Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

Last week, I took a look at my favorite authors based on how many books I’ve read by each writer, but I also noted that numbers don’t tell the whole story when it comes to which authors I consider my favorites. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list, I’m listing my top auto-buy authors — authors whose books I will automatically purchase without even knowing the topic. When I find out these authors have a new book coming out, my […]

What I’m Reading Monday, August 17

Posted August 17, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 23 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, August 17

Hello, booklings. This week has been all over the place. I moved out of my apartment (which was stressful and all kinds of emotional), stayed with a generous friend for a few days, and I’m now visiting my family for some much-needed time with my sister, who is just getting home from a college summer program. I’m not really sure what’s next; the sheer number of options is exciting, but the lack of stability is also terrifying and overwhelming. Guysss, […]

Playing Murakami Bingo With South of the Border, West of the Sun

Posted August 14, 2015 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Playing Murakami Bingo With South of the Border, West of the Sun

Aside from J.K. Rowling and Cheryl Strayed, Haruki Murakami is the main author I turn to when I need a comfort read. There’s something quiet and soothing about his writing. He often has his characters swim laps, evoking  long, stretched-out strokes and a kind of relaxing repetition. As a (lapsed) swimmer, I get a similar feeling from Murakami’s writing. Starting one of his books always feels like diving in and taking the first few glorious strokes after a long absence from the […]