A Book and a Podcast to Make Your Hair Stand on End

Posted August 13, 2015 in Reviews / 29 Comments
A Book and a Podcast to Make Your Hair Stand on End

Confession time: I’m kind of obsessed with podcasts. As a reader, I love putting new information into my brain any way that I can — and podcasts allow me to do this in situations in which I can’t feasibly read a book. (I also suspect that, as an introvert, I like being able to listen to people talk without having to hold up my end of a conversation.) Whether I’m washing dishes, taking a walk around my neighborhood, or driving for […]

Favorite Authors, by the Numbers

Posted August 11, 2015 in Literary Lists / 12 Comments
Favorite Authors, by the Numbers

What makes a favorite author? There are dozens of authors that I consider favorites, but when I think about it, I realize I’ve only read one or two of their books. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic challenges readers to list their favorite authors based on the numbers. I scrolled through my “Read” shelf on Goodreads and made a list of the most frequently recurring writers. (I may have cheated a little bit and only counted books I read in the last […]

What I’m Reading Monday, August 10

Posted August 10, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 32 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, August 10

After having a wonderful week at the lake at the end of July, August has gotten off to a pretty rotten start. I generally try to keep from being too negative on the Internet, but it’s been a week of job search woes, packing up my apartment, and feeling generally lonely and lost. I’m trying to follow my sister’s sage advice to remind myself that “everything is temporary,” but mostly I’ve just been throwing myself a major pity party. Reader, I’d […]

July Reads

Posted August 4, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 17 Comments
July Reads

Where to even start with recapping July? Last month was all over the place for me. In the first two weeks, I broke up with my boyfriend of nearly six years — and the rest of the month was a roller coaster of emotional messiness, spending a lot of time with my best girlfriends, a few leads on jobs that I’m really excited about, a week at the lake with my family, and general anxiety about having no idea where […]

What I’m Reading Monday, Aug. 3

Posted August 3, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 11 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, Aug. 3

Happy Monday, darlings! I just got home from a week at the lake with my family, and it was exactly what I needed. The weather was perfect, and I got in some good quality swimming, water skiing, tubing, kayaking, twilight boat rides, sunset gazing, chats with family members, and hammock reading. It was a much-needed distraction from some of the uncertainties in my life at the moment. Remember how I said I’m terrible about overpacking books for vacations? Yeah. Of the six books […]

What I’m Reading Monday, July 27

Posted July 27, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 9 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, July 27

Hello lovelies! I’m writing today from a cottage tucked away in the trees by one of the Finger Lakes in Central New York. It’s only my second full day here, but I’ve already been kayaking, swimming, tubing, hammock reading, and sunset gazing. (I may have also gotten a bit of a sunburn.) I’m so looking forward to the rest of the week! (I’m also trying to forget the fact that I have no idea what’s happening in my life after I […]

The Books in My Beach Bag

Posted July 24, 2015 in Literary Lists / 20 Comments
The Books in My Beach Bag

Tomorrow I’m headed to Keuka Lake for a week with my parents, dog, and myriad aunts, uncles, and cousins. After the roller coaster month I’ve been having, it will be lovely to spend some time tubing, swimming, kayaking, wine tasting, and lounging in the hammock with a book and a gin & tonic. I’ve pretty much overcome my tendency to overpack for vacations… except when it comes to books. How can I know in advance what I’ll feel like reading […]

Relieving Stress With Adult Coloring Books

Posted July 23, 2015 in Reviews / 16 Comments
Relieving Stress With Adult Coloring Books

Few things are better for relieving stress than coloring. I’m not talking about creating beautiful art; I mean putting Crayola colored pencils to paper and trying to stay within the lines (or not) of a design that has already been drawn. Whether you like to color in silence or while watching TV or listening to music or an audiobook, the act of choosing colors and moving a pencil across a page is a great way to take your mind off […]

Ten Diverse Reading Recommendations

Posted July 21, 2015 in Literary Lists / 19 Comments
Ten Diverse Reading Recommendations

As a straight, cis-gendered, white American woman who has never been affected by a disability or mental illness, my cultural experience is pretty well represented in the media. And when you belong to the majority, it can be easy to blind yourself to the experiences of people with less privilege and to internalize the prejudicial messages our culture propagates. To me, being a “good person” means consciously trying to unlearn all of the racist or homophobic or otherwise intolerant attitudes I have picked […]

What I’m Reading Monday, July 20

Posted July 20, 2015 in Miscellaneous / 29 Comments
What I’m Reading Monday, July 20

Well, this week has been all over the place. The breakup is still rough and messy and sad, but I’ve been keeping busy with some wonderful friends. Although I spent most of the week moping around my apartment, I barely set foot inside the building this weekend; drinks with friends, an evening at the beach, and a day spent kayaking the Buffalo River kept me on the go and my spirits up. I also did some pretty good reading; I savored When Women […]