I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this. I listed it as my “out of my comfort zone” read for a read-a-thon, because I was afraid Waugh was one of those “golden agers” lumped in with Steinbeck and Fitzgerald…the self-absorbed literary lions that write boring, misogynist novels I despise.** Well, I was wrong. … More Review: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
4 of 5 stars This one is a bit of a mystery. It seems when a “deep cut” from the Brontes is praised, I don’t like it but when it is criticized, I seem to like it better. This one I liked, but it was uneven and strangely formatted. Fun fact; did you know Shirley was … More Review: Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
In case you don’t know, the TBR Takedown Read-a-Thon has begun. It’s another weeklong Read-a-Thon created by “leaninglights” (Shannon) on Youtube. And if you aren’t watching her, I don’t know why you aren’t. You should. Lots of reading. Just what I need when trying to write a novel, right?! No, but seriously. I have this … More TBR Takedown Read-A-Thon
This is how I feel right now. I’ve had two successful actual writing sessions, where I’m adding scenes to my novel. It’s been ages since I’ve actually written anything new. I’ve just been editing, like forever…. It’s slow going and feels painful but hopeful. It’s not all bad, in other words. Anyone who reads this…. … More Couple of Good Days at Camp NaNoWriMo
Oh my God, I’m geeking out right now! When my parents retired and moved house, they began pulling out old boxes from the cellar. A couple of them were moldy oldies… and much of what was in them had to be thrown out. However, I found a wonderful chunk of my childhood books. My two … More Remembering What the Witch Left by Ruth Chew
Above is my messy and disgusting desk. Shot sometimes last week. This is the desk of the disorganized and unproductive writer. Last week I did not edit a word. I hardly even read. I fell behind in my Tumblr book photo challenge. I did nothing but pay to print the damn manuscript out, eat pasta … More Well, Last Week Sucked
5 out of 5 stars This is a very subtle novel. It talks about a lot of important things and has a lot of philosophical mumbo jumbo. I’m often frustrated with that kind of thing. But woven throughout the obvious are subtle parallels. It’s interesting, because as I often have trouble deciphering or even retaining … More Review: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
I have been a fraud and a failure. I feel I have let my planner down. I had written in that Monday was my day “off“ day from writing – because it was going to be muggy and warm and I knew I would come home from work after the weekend and melt into a … More And so it begins….
You may have noticed a lot of reviews on the blog over the weekend. That is because I was taking part of a readathon called the Cramathon. It was a readathon that originated last year in December to help people behind on their yearly Goodreads get closer to it if they were behind. The idea … More The Cramathon!
Strange things are afoot at Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore The problem with booklovers, and the wonderful thing about booklovers, is that the books are never enough. We are beset by nostalgia about story, and language, and learning and the physical books themselves. We reblog and sigh over piles of artistically shot leather bound tomes. We … More Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan