On Writing

Trailer for Emma Donoghue’s “Frog Music”

I’m not usually one to post book trailers, but I’m very intrigued by Emma Donoghue’s next book, Frog Music. As faithful blog readers (there has to be one or two of you, right? Guys??) will know, I’m Donoghue’s biggest fangirl. Hearing her read an excerpt from Room (my review here) at Politics & Prose was a highlight of my literary life. I know. Sometimes my nerdiness disturbs even me. Anyway, the trailer: More about the book: Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in […]

What Book Bloggers Love

Ask any book blogger what she loves most about blogging. Invariably, the answer is always the same. It’s not the advanced reader copies or the page views or even the inducement to read more. It’s the community. This is what I learned from the beginning of my book blogging career, and it is what has kept me going. From my fellow book bloggers, who fill up my TBR list and share tips on review policies and the reading/life balance, to readers of […]

February 2014: What I’m Reading

Books read: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout We by Michael Landweber A Snug Life Somewhere by Jan Shapin Halfway through: After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman Unfortunately, I didn’t get to The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, but I hope to  do so in April. To read: Cairo in White by Kelly Ann Jacobson Jacobson recently graduated from my writing program at Johns […]

Reading Challenges in 2014

2014 is going to be a great year for literature in my life. I can just feel it–I’m going to find several new favorite books and authors this year. To celebrate, I’m creating two new reading challenges: The NA/YA Challenge and the ARC Challenge!

“Goodwill Tour”: An Interview with Keith Maginn

In July 2011, Keith Maginn and his close friend, Emily, left Cincinnati, Ohio, for a 3,000-mile road-trip through the southeastern United States. Along the way, Keith and Emily had a simple goal: give away their own money to strangers, who then had to pay the money forward to someone else. Because of my abiding interest in travel, and because of the unique angle of this memoir, I asked Keith a few questions about his book, Goodwill Tour: Paying It Forward.


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