I'm a big believer in the power of story. Fiction changes us, makes us think, gives us relief, helps us know we're not alone, and lets us walk in the shoes of people who are very different from us. Plus, it's so fun to read. There has been a lot of talk about the importance… Continue reading Why Read Fiction During a Pandemic?
I admit it: I am a book nerd. Reading has been my favorite hobby all my life, since I can remember. My mom has a wall of bookshelves in her living room, and I'm pretty sure I read every book on them, some of them multiple times. (Now I have my own living room wall… Continue reading Eight Ways I Find Time to Read
Ah, December. The month of festivities and illness. For us, anyway. We went down hard with the flu, missing Christmas with family and our planned trip to Florida, but giving me plenty of time to read. Turns out I read more books in December than any other month of 2019--eleven in all. And most of… Continue reading On the Bookshelf – December, 2019
I spent most of November in Gilead, the fictional small town in a corner of Iowa, created by Marilynne Robinson in her books Gilead, Home, and Lila. (I haven't read Home, yet.) The books are gentle and slow, full of kindness, though not without trials. Reading both of them in the same month made me… Continue reading On the Bookshelf – November, 2019
Thanks to an amazing fifteenth anniversary trip that involved many, many hours in various airports, I read so much in October. And the month's not even over. We spent a week on Prince Edward Island--a life-long dream--and it was lovely. Off-season, not at all crowded, glorious fall weather, slow mornings and many walks on the… Continue reading On the Bookshelf – October, 2019
When I started in on Luci Swindoll’s book Simple Secrets to a Happy Life, I admit my hopes were not high. It sounded very simplistic and “don’t worry be happy.” I hadn’t read any of her other books, and really didn’t know to expect any different. My first clue that Luci Swindoll is pretty amazing came in… Continue reading Book Review – Simple Secrets to a Happy Life
September was a month full of good books. I'm almost afraid to keep reading because I might strike out after a good run. Ha. Here are my top three reads for the month: One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulwiler. This was a light-hearted yet deep look at the idea of having it all. Can you… Continue reading On the Bookshelf – September, 2019
Last year, I started recording all the books I read. It's a simple system: I write a list with the month name as the header, and I put one star by really good books, and two stars by outstanding books. It was so fun to see what books I read over the course of the year,… Continue reading On the Bookshelf: September