Favorite Books of 2020

Well… this certainly was a year, wasn’t it? I remarked on social media recently the dark humor that is watching planner community videos from the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 as they set up their new productivity systems. I know I had a nice little planner for my writing life that basicallyContinue reading “Favorite Books of 2020”

You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe

Alexis Coe begins her biography of George Washington by stating that she had looked over her shelf of previously published biographies of Washington and noted they were all written by men. And as soon as she pointed that out I was even more determined to read what she had to say because gaining a woman’sContinue reading “You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe”

Favorite Books of 2019

Being a librarian and former bookseller, I’m a voracious reader who tries to read widely to try out different genres and styles of reading. Here are a few of the standouts from my 2019 reading list. This was a book that seemed tailor-made for me. As a one-time huge fan of VH1’s Behind the Music,Continue reading “Favorite Books of 2019”

Good and Mad

A 2017 Pew survey found that nearly six in ten women said they were paying increased attention to politics since the 2016 election, a greater share than men. I’m for sure one of those six. I never considered myself a political person until the 2016 election. I barely paid attention to government matters most ofContinue reading “Good and Mad”

PhD Student Meets Hitler

I’ve been reading Travelers in the Third Reich by Julia Boyd, which compiles the journals and letters and other observations of people who visited Germany starting in the 1920s and the Weimar Republic and into the Hitler regime. I find this a totally fascinating topic because so many people vacationed or conducted business in GermanyContinue reading “PhD Student Meets Hitler”

What I’m Reading

Though my day job is being a librarian, I don’t get asked much what I’m currently reading. It’s actually a point of annoyance for me, since I rather enjoy discussing books with people. So I’ll use the fact that I have a blog I’m not doing much with to post some of my thoughts ofContinue reading “What I’m Reading”

Wild Wild Country

Have you seen the recent smash Netflix docu-series Wild Wild Country? Because I got totally obsessed with it shortly after it was released and binged it twice in a row. And then I listened to the soundtrack on Spotify for a week straight. And then I had a real keen desire to read the memoirsContinue reading “Wild Wild Country”

Thoughts on Go Set a Watchman

The publication of Go Set a Watchman is a pretty significant one in the scheme of things, and I was able to read it the week it came out. Being a book professional, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about the book. First and foremost, I want to make one thing abundantly clear: GoContinue reading “Thoughts on Go Set a Watchman”