My Top Ten of 2018

I tried to read 100 books in 2018. I managed to finish 91. I suppose I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t hit my goal, but I learned an important lesson – namely, that the quota approach is not the best way to savor books. I found myself stressing about “getting through” enough pages in…

December: Finishing strong with heavy hitters and award winners

When I made my master plan for reading 100 books in one year, I was counting on doing extra reading during the summer months. I forgot that between cycling, gardening, and making the most of the long days and beautiful weather, I actually have less time to read than I do during the school year….

November: Grace, thy name is Michelle

I’m sure a lot happened in November global politics-wise but for me the biggest story was the release of Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming. I deliberately slowed down my normal reading pace just so I could feel like I was spending more time with her and her wonderful family. God, I love them. And I guess…

October: I read Moby Dick. What was I thinking?

I have to admit something a bit embarrassing: I have no idea where I’m at now on my 100 books goal. I know that I haven’t met the monthly quotas I set at the beginning of the year and I sense that I’ve lost too much ground at this point to recover. But I’m okay…

September: Beach Reads, Dystopia, and Living Up to the Hype

I know September feels like ages ago, especially to those of us in the Northern Plains who are suddenly back in the bleakest dark of mid-winter again (which is thoroughly UNFAIR, Universe! *shakes fist*). Perhaps it’s all the more reason to think back on those golden late-summer days when the afternoon sun on your bare…

August: Arson, mass extinction, and Joe Biden dangling from a train

My summer reading came to an end with a strange mix of political potboiler, modernist melodrama, the science of extinction, and a shocking lack of young adult fiction, something I will most definitely correct in the coming months. For the time being, here are my reviews for August. 55. Hope Never Dies By Andrew Shaffer (Crime/Mystery) …