Fall fashion: working it. Turkey: roasted. Shopping: in full swing. Holiday decor: up…well, not quite. Getting there. November was such a hectic month for me, full of family, work, and thankfully, some reading. Let’s see how I did this Non-Fiction November, shall we?Continue reading “November Wrap-Up”
Yesterday was Black Friday in the United States – a day full of shopping deals to kick off the holiday season. While I don’t like the hype surrounding the day, there are times when I just can’t pass up a good sale (eek – my wallet is hurting). I actually didn’t buy any books on Black Friday, but I figured we could stay on brand with this Book Buying Tag.
Fall is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a hot drink – a crisp wind is outside rustling the leaves, but you’re warm and cozy on the couch. When I had the good fortune of winning an ARC copy of Sarah Perry’s Melmoth via a Goodreads giveaway in August, I was really excited to pick up this modern Gothic novel by an author who’s debut novel The Essex Serpent was received with critical acclaim.
Hi, hello, it’s me! I’m back. I know, it’s been way too long. Looking back on reviews and posts I wrote in the spring, it feels like it’s been a decade! I’m excited to be back and I will hopefully not fall off the wagon any time soon. Unfortunately, the spring was not the right time in my life to start a book blog: I was apartment hunting and then had to move, and I was also job hunting and then had to start a new job! Sheer exhaustion was my norm, I was busy with getting settled, and I wasn’t reading much. Now that I’ve been at my job and in our place for around 6-7 months, I feel like I’m in a solid head space to write again. And guess what? I’ve definitely been reading this year! Definitely have some reviews forthcoming.
I’m a dedicated non-fiction reader. I might love a good novel, but no one has to put a gun to my head to force me to read non-fiction. Sometimes I even feel like picking up a dry academic work about an obscure topic, or a fascinating memoir, or analysis about current events. Essay anthologies!! Love em. Nevertheless, I decided that participating in Non-Fiction November would boost my reading goals for the year (I’m sorely behind) and get some awesome non-fiction works off my TBR that I’ve just been itching to pick up.
Welcome to my first Black History Month/Blackout book review! I just finished Octavia E. Butlers’s Parable of the Sower and am excited to discuss it because oh man, this book is thought provoking.
Today I’m doing a tag for ya because I think it would be fun if y’all knew a little bit more about my reading habits/how I read and not just what I read! This tag has been around awhile and I’ve seen it a couple of places so I figured I would go for it.
While this blog is mostly about books I’ve read to completion, sometimes you just need a nice DNF list. I don’t really have a rule of thumb about when and why I DNF a book, but it occasionally happens. Life is truly too short, y’all, and my TBR list is too long.
Happy start of Black History Month here in the US! Other than more cozy winter reading, the ever-present smell of Valentine’s Day in the air, and my partner’s birthday, I’m particularly looking forward to fulfilling my commitment to read only Black authors this month. Continue reading “Black History Month/Blackout – February TBR”
So, if you know anything about me, you know that I’m a political junkie (and if you don’t know much about me, head over here). I can be perfectly content watching CSPAN and refreshing my Twitter feed than doing most other things. I also get excited about books (fiction & nonfiction alike) dealing with one of the issues I’m most passionate about – getting more women, young people, and progressives in office. In fact, I’m really hopeful about 2018.
I consider myself very lucky to have a BA degree in one of my favorite concepts – human rights. It was a privilege to spend my undergraduate career studying such a complex, inspiring, and ever-relevant subject. Really, the world needs more human rights expertise and more individuals dedicated to upholding them. One of the most fundamental ways that my human rights education impacted me was by introducing me to the “works” – all of the thought-provoking texts and books that formed the backbone of my degree (and boosted my passion for human rights defense).