Tag: Books

Beyond 1984: A Trump-inspired dystopian reading list

Beyond 1984: A Trump-inspired dystopian reading list
The book 1984 by George Orwell has been at the top of the Amazon best seller list for days. The interest in 1984 is so high that print copies are currently sold out. It seems the inauguration of Donald Trump has quite a few people thinking in dystopian terms. This inspired a friend to ask on Facebook... Read more »

The Warmth of Other Suns reveals a "mirage of equality" in America

I recently read The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. The full title of the book is The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. The book is a non-fiction exploration of how and why six million black people left the American South over the course of six decades in... Read more »

10 interesting books I've read this year

10 interesting books I've read this year
One of my uber list goals was to read 25 books this year. So far I’ve read 10, which is on pace for meeting my goal. I’ve read some very good books this year and a few that were just okay. No total clunkers that I completed regretted reading, so that’s nice. Here are the... Read more »
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Am I the only writer who doesn't love Bird by Bird?

Am I the only writer who doesn't love Bird by Bird?
Writers love the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Every few months a writer I know will mention THE BOOK only to have other people pile on about how inspiring it is. I read it. I didn’t find it inspiring. I found it choked with metaphor and platitudes. I didn’t hate it, but it... Read more »

The Goldfinch and the adventure of reading a book I knew nothing about

The Goldfinch and the adventure of reading a book I knew nothing about
I recently read The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt. All I knew about The Goldfinch before I read it was it won a Pulitzer Prize and a bunch of my friends had read it. I had no idea what the book was about. For the first couple dozen pages or more I didn’t even... Read more »

The Haunted Dollhouse, a favorite creepy book from my childhood

The Haunted Dollhouse, a favorite creepy book from my childhood
The Haunted Dollhouse is a book from my childhood that has survived multiple (usually move-inspired) book purges. I still have it even though the pages are falling out of the binding. The copyright says 1982. I’m not sure if that’s exactly the year my parents gave me this book, but it wouldn’t have been long... Read more »
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13 of the best scary books for Halloween or anytime

13 of the best scary books for Halloween or anytime
Halloween is a great time for scary books whether you are looking a spooky book to give away for All Hallow’s Read or something to read yourself. Because it’s been a while since I’ve read a lot of scary books, I asked people on Facebook and Twitter to name their favorite scary books. Here is... Read more »

All Hallow's Read: Give a scary book this Halloween

All Hallow's Read: Give a scary book this Halloween
Have you heard of All Hallow’s Read? This is the fourth year of All Hallow’s Read, a tradition to give someone a scary book for Halloween. All Hallow’s Read was thought up by professional thinker-upper (and author) Neil Gaiman. In a a 2010 blog post Gaiman wrote: I propose that, on Hallowe’en or during the... Read more »

"Halloween Scare in Chicago" book has scary little to do with Chicago

"Halloween Scare in Chicago" book has scary little to do with Chicago
I was at a bookstore browsing Halloween books and spotted A Halloween Scare in Chicago. I was instantly drawn to it since my kids really enjoy books that feature the city. (Our favorite is Larry Gets Lost in Chicago, which I highly recommend.) Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed with A Halloween Scare in Chicago although I... Read more »
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Book review: The Circle by Dave Eggers made me want to puke (in a good way)

Reading The Circle by Dave Eggers made me want to puke. My nausea was not induced by graphic violence or other gross descriptions. I was sickened by Eggers’ detailed descriptions of a dystopia that felt too real. The Circle is not about your typical dystopia where water, gas, and other resources are scarce and people kill... Read more »