Tag: Reading Habits

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Scholastic Book Fairs

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Scholastic Book Fairs

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today. Who remembers going to Scholastic Book Fairs when they were younger? Those things were the best, right?  I am so glad they’re still around, because they were a highlight of my school year.  I still remember that moment when it felt like books were going to go digital and I remember one of my concerns being these book fairs… so many kids would want to go just to get out of class and go, and they’d find a book and it would change everything.  Not that it is an impossible stretch in a technologically driven world, but […]

Posted May 8, 2020 in Bookish Things // 8 Comments //
Vetting Books by Their Authors and the Guilt of Loving a Book but Deeply Disagreeing with the Person Who Wrote It

Vetting Books by Their Authors and the Guilt of Loving a Book but Deeply Disagreeing with the Person Who Wrote It

I’ve danced around whether or not I was going to write this post for about a year.  This is a touchy subject in the community.  Well, no.  It’s a very angry subject in the community, and it’s something I think about fairly often, especially because of the way I build my TBR.  That is to say, I look at the book – the title, the cover, the description – and add from there.  I don’t do deep research before going into most books – I don’t read all the reviews, do a Twitter search for drama, and look into the social […]

Posted April 20, 2020 in Reviews // 16 Comments //
“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

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 […]

Posted April 13, 2020 in Blogging, Bookish Things, Reading, Writing // 8 Comments //
Series vs. Standalones: Which Do You Prefer?

Series vs. Standalones: Which Do You Prefer?

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 […]

Posted March 10, 2020 in Bookish Things, Reading // 8 Comments //
10 Things About Goodreads That Make Me Want to Tear My Hair Out

10 Things About Goodreads That Make Me Want to Tear My Hair Out

I know book blogger posts wailing on Goodreads are a dime a dozen.  We all use it, even though it frustrates us.  There’s really no perfect equivalent – LibraryThing, Libib, Litsy, FictionDB are all fine enough, but their design, functionality, and/or databases simply cannot compare to Goodreads.  Others, like Shelfari, have been absorbed by the giant gelatinous cube that is the Amazon conglomerate.  In as far as our electronic cataloging and social connectivity goes, Goodreads seems to remain our prime option. But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.  And we don’t have to pretend, either.  There are a lot of opportunities […]

Posted February 11, 2020 in Bookish Things // 12 Comments //
7 Ways My Reading Habits Have Changed – #TopTenTuesday

7 Ways My Reading Habits Have Changed – #TopTenTuesday

Once upon time, I was a straight-out, epic fantasy girl.  I’d take the occasional vampire story but my recreational books needed to fall strictly within a certain category – fantasy.  Give me magic users and dragons and the chosen one and I would lose myself in the incredible world building. And all of that is great, by the way?  I still love fantasy with all my heart and soul and I read it so often.  But I have grown as a reader over the last several years.  I read more things, and in different ways…. 1.) I read contemporary. One […]

Posted November 19, 2019 in Memes // 18 Comments //