Category: Reading

The Horror Genre:  Books vs. Movies and How They Differ

The Horror Genre: Books vs. Movies and How They Differ

Posted October 9, 2020 in Bookish Things, Reading // 6 Comments

Horror movies freak me out. I have haunted childhood memories of watching things like The Sixth Sense and ‘Salem’s Lot and not being able to deal with the scary images.  Something causes those images to stick with me and make me want to curl up under my covers like a caterpillar in its cocoon and wear a lot of silver.  Also, I’m well versed in the ways to keep vampires away. Even though vampires don’t exist.  And I know this.  But they still freak me out.  Especially in movies.  For example, I can only do comedic zombie movies (Shaun of the Dead is […]

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On Being a Better Blogger & Reader

On Being a Better Blogger & Reader

Posted August 31, 2020 in Blogging, Reading // 6 Comments

A couple weeks ago, Nicole @ Thoughts Stained With Ink shared a post on how she wants to be a better blogger.  It’s a fantastic, honest, vulnerable post and I very much recommend popping over to her page and reading it. It also got me thinking. There’s a lot of things I want to do with my blog and content and with my life to be a better person.  While this is a pretty wide spectrum, there are a few things I know I can zero in on immediately and try to fix… but also?  I don’t think I’ve ever hosted […]

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“Why Haven’t You Finished Your Novel?” & Other Exasperating Productivity Suggestions During Shelter-In-Place

“Why Haven’t You Finished Your Novel?” & Other Exasperating Productivity Suggestions During Shelter-In-Place

Posted April 13, 2020 in Blogging, Bookish Things, Reading, Writing // 8 Comments

In the early days of shelter-in-place mandates, a message sputtered up through the waves of social media: “Now that we’re all at home, we can Do That Thing!” For some people, “that thing” was learning a new instrument.  Really digging into learning Portuguese.  For many, it was perfecting sourdough bread (which I tease about, but I love sourdough bread… please keep baking!).  In writerly circles, the pressure seemed to be on writing:  you don’t have social engagements, so now you can finish that book. Doesn’t matter if the person was an aspiring novelist or a seasoned author – the vision […]

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Series vs. Standalones: Which Do You Prefer?

Series vs. Standalones: Which Do You Prefer?

Posted March 10, 2020 in Bookish Things, Reading // 8 Comments

As a reader, I’ve never been one to devour whole book series at a time.  Even in a world where Netflix binges are part of a person’s regular repertoire, I patiently sift through series one episode at a time, over the course of several months.  I know that would drive a lot of people crazy but… I’m patient.  I have time.  I prefer to savor the experience. Up until recently, it felt like every new book was part of a trilogy.  If not a trilogy, then an extended series.  Or it was a spinoff of something else written by the […]

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It’s Time to Stop Judging People for the Way They Treat Their Books

It’s Time to Stop Judging People for the Way They Treat Their Books

Posted March 19, 2019 in Bookish Things, Reading // 14 Comments

I am sometimes that person who judges you for dog-earring your books. I’m a bookmark enthusiast, and I hate it when covers get folded and bent, when pages get folded… I like my books to look neat and tidy.  I think I’ll always like my books like that… but lately, I’ve been thinking. Why are we so judgmental about what people do with their books? I wrote a post last year outlining some of the things that drive me crazy… and admitting to my own bad habits.  This year, I’m rethinking that.  I’m all for taking good care of our possessions, […]

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