Tag: books

Best books from a very long 2018

Hello and Happy New Year’s Eve, dear reader. It’s been a long year, hasn’t it? Kind of feels like it’s been the longest year in the history of the universe. Maybe that’s why I was able to squeeze SO MUCH reading in this year, because it’s been the year that never ever ends. Will it... Read more »

The books I've read have become my passport

The books I've read have become my passport
When the new year arrived, I decided I was going to read less this year (I cannot for the life of me remember what my reasoning was, though I think it had something to do with carving out more time to finish *an important thing* and the fact that I’m starting grad school this fall).... Read more »

5 Ways to Give Your Friends the Reading Bug

5 Ways to Give Your Friends the Reading Bug
My life mission is to convert everyone I know into a reader. Reading has sprinkled my life with so much joy and magic, and I’ll be damned if my friends miss out on that experience. But it’s not easy. People are resistant to the idea of reading. I partially blame high school English. Apologies to... Read more »
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My Favorite Books of 2017 (and the female authors who wrote them)

My Favorite Books of 2017 (and the female authors who wrote them)
It’s been a packed year of books and a tough year for women. Maybe in some twisted way it seems triumphant, like a forward march towards equality, but really it’s been painful, angry, and exhausting. 2017 feels like one giant I-told-you-so, but already I can feel the backlash brewing, the Roy Moore’s of the world... Read more »

Some sleep-deprived thoughts about reading 52 books in 10 months

Some sleep-deprived thoughts about reading 52 books in 10 months
This is crazy, I’m a monster, and I’m never reading this many books again…  … who am I kidding. I live to out-do myself. Not in 2018. 2018 is going to be for the giant books I’ve been too scared to open for the past three years. But maybe 2019… It’s okay to not finish the book. Reading... Read more »

Twilight was my biggest teenage obsession

Twilight was my biggest teenage obsession
Once a month, Chicago Now bloggers are given a prompt and challenged to write about said prompt in one hour’s time. Tonight’s prompt is “Write about something in your life you once obsessed about but now rarely, if ever, think about” (Can be a good or bad obsession, about a person, place or thing.) I used... Read more »
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Book list: my favorite reads of 2017

Book list: my favorite reads of 2017
To celebrate reading my 30th book of the year this weekend, I wanted to commemorate the stories that have stuck with me over the past six months. Each year I have upped the ante and challenged myself to read more, but this year I also wanted to diversify my reading selections. I could live and... Read more »

After all this time? A Tribute to The Boy Who Lived

  To kick off my 2017 Reading Challenge, I decided to begin with the Harry Potter series. It’s only been a few years since I’ve read all seven books cover to cover, but it felt like a necessity to start 2017 off with my favorite wizard. We could all use a little extra magic and... Read more »

Reading Challenge 2016 Part II

Without further ado, here are my top 20 favorite books of 2016: 20. The Pale Dreamer – Samantha Shannon – This is Shannon’s first novella for her series The Bone Season (see #12 & #10). This short story centers around how the main protagonist of the series, Paige, gained her second-in-command rank within her syndicate gang. The... Read more »
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Reading Challenge 2016 Part I

The last two years, I’ve committed to reading more – this year, I want to share a ranking of all of the books that I read – the great, the decent, and the god awful – with all of you! I’ve always loved reading, but putting in the extra effort to make reading a priority... Read more »