I went away this weekend with one of my favorite people and we spent our time looking at gorgeous scenery, visiting museums and historic sites, and eating and drinking local. In doing so we spent a lot of time in the car going from place to place, so my travel buddy suggested we listen to Anna Kendrick’s autobiography because he was sure I would really enjoy it. This is why he’s one of my favorites, perfectly lovely weekend away and happy to re-listen to an audiobook because I would want to read it. This book, in turn, was really good […]
Our lovers, Portia and Tavish, get off to a bad start when a) Tavish forgets to pick Portia up from the train station, and b) Portia mistakes him for an attacker and maces him. This is one of my favorite ways to start a romance.
For Two Heads Are Better Than One, emmalita and Jen K chose to read and review Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning, the first in The Sixth World series. In order to make this simpler, we are pulling the Amazon description for the plot summary, and then going into our thoughts below that!
I was in a bit of a reading slump. I didn’t exactly avoid cracking the spine of the long, long autobiography I’d been carefully wading through; I’d find other things I needed to do instead. When laundry, cleaning the bathroom, and a trip to the Swedish furniture superstore/newly-discovered 10th circle of Dante’s hell were all excuses NOT to read it, though, it was obvious that I needed a break. I had to find another (very specific) book. My search for a literary boost—the book to goose my brain and propel me along to read more– became desperate. Fortunately, it came […]
Altered Carbon sat on my night stand for just over two years. A very good friend of mine recommended it to me years ago and I bought it on sale and started it right away. The first think I realized is that this was not a read before bed book. It required more attention to detail to fully appreciate it and I really liked that. Unfortunately, that meant that it languished on the night stand for a long, long time. I finished it a couple of weeks ago but not before I started the show. I started watching with the […]
Non fiction is one of those genres that I read occasionally, but I don’t often seek out. For this reason this book fits the “Not in my Wheelhouse” square of my bingo card. So, here’s what I knew about Oklahoma before starting this book: 1- I drove through it once on a cross-country trip with my dad when we moved from New Mexico to Maryland. It was very flat and I don’t remember much more. 2- It is where the wind comes sweeping down the plains, and the waving wheat can sure smell sweet when the wind comes right behind […]
Sarah Kay, along with illustrator Sophia Janowitz, created her debut collection of poetry back in 2014. And in 2018 No Matter the Wreckage came on my radar. Kay’s poems celebrate family, love, travel, as well as the oddness, beauty and darkness of the world. She is powerful and soft. Bold and quiet. She hits you over the head and whispers in your ear. To hear her read her works (so far only on YouTube) would be a grand treat. Her voice is the perfect vessel for her words. No Matter the Wreckage has some amazing lines and some even more […]
CBR 10 BINGO Square: Delicious! Best for: Anyone looking for both a philosophical and a reality-based discussion about the decision to consume meat. In a nutshell: When he realizes he is going to be a father, Mr. Foer decides to examine the food he eats and the morality of it. Worth quoting: I underlined and starred so many lines that I could put here, but I think this one sums the entire question up for me: “Whether we’re talking about fish species, pigs, or some other eaten animal, is such suffering the most important thing in the world? Obviously not. […]