Fictional Families I Wish Would Adopt Me

  I consider myself extremely blessed to have had such a wonderful childhood. My parents worked hard and made sure my brother and I had everything we needed. They gave us nightly family dinners around the table (ice cream for dessert), fun family trips down to a fishing cabin that had once belonged to my grandfather, and countless memories filled with laughter, silliness, and lots and lots of love. I had a great childhood. All the same, growing up reading books I couldn't help imagine myself a member of some of the families in the books I read. When my mom made me clean my room or my brother refused to play with with me I would imagine myself an orphan sent to live with the Cuthberts in Avonlea or growing up on the prairie listening to Pa play his fiddle in the evenings. I would imagine myself in a different time, different circumstances, a different family, a different life. During the recent holidays, I found myself thinking a lot about family. The different dynamics Keep Reading

Finally Picking It Up Off the Shelf

If you were to ask me about the books on my bookshelves at home, you would find that about a quarter of them are unread. Any book-lover no doubt has the same issue. The library was having an ever-so-tempting books sale, half-priced books were calling your name, you "accidentally" emptied your Amazon shopping cart after having that extra glass of wine last night. That book you really want gets added to the pile of other books you really want to read. It's the plight of every book-lover: too many books, never enough time. Or maybe there's another reason that you haven't read that book on your bookshelf. I received a book two years ago from a friend. I was very appreciative, but put it on my bookshelf and there it sat for almost two years. The book was H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald. It was a New York Times Bestseller, on more than 25 Best Book of the Year lists, and got amazing reviews. I frequently found myself looking for a book to read, looked at H is for Hawk sitting patiently Keep Reading

Looking Ahead: Best Books for 2018

Happy New Year!  A new year means new book releases! As 2018 begins, I'm looking at all the new books that are scheduled to release this year with hungry eyes. There are so many new books I want to read! Yet, there are still so many great books I never got around to reading in 2017. It's a never-ending problem, but things could be worse. Much worse. I could be a member of the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Yikes! There are a few different ways I'm planning out my reading for next year. I'm participating in a few book challenges such as the ones here and here. I'm planning on adding a few classics I've never read before to my TBR pile. I'm also pumped about all the new books coming out in 2018. These might not be the most talked about or the most anticipated book of 2018, but these are the books I'm most excited about. It's always good to have a few books on pre-order or upcoming titles you can bug your local library to get. If you're reading this blog, you probably have Keep Reading