The Books I Read Last Year: The Good, the Bad, and the Meh (Part 1)

For the last several years, I’ve kept track of my reading habits via Goodreads. It’s a website for confirmed bibliophiles like me — you can not only track what you are reading, but what you might like to read, find reviews and recommendations, take literature-themed quizzes, and enter giveaways for free novels. (I’ve won five times!) Every year it also hosts a “reading challenge” competition, in which you challenge yourself to read (X) number of books, where (X) is the number you think you can read and/or will impress your friends on the site. They provide a handy widget for you that tells you how far along you should be in your challenge and how (inevitably) far behind you are. Read More The Books I Read Last Year: The Good, the Bad, and the Meh (Part 1)

The Books I Read Last Year: The Good, The Bad, and The Meh (Part 2)

To recap ““ last week, I mused on the novels I read in 2011. My quantity count was high but my quality count was low, low, low. Last week looked at 4 novels that I would count among the “bad.” Next week will get to the “good.” But this week, let’s talk about the “meh.” Read More The Books I Read Last Year: The Good, The Bad, and The Meh (Part 2)

The Royal Wedding and the Benefits of Escapism

As everyone has surely heard, Prince William and Kate Middleton are going to throw themselves a wedding.  I was surprised to find myself a little excited by the prospect of a big splashy royal to-do.  I think a little escapism that doesn’t involve speculating as to which former Disney starlette is putting what up her nose or whether or not Jen and Angie are going to finally Jell-o fight for Brad or pair up in cat burglar gear to steal Ashton from Demi is just what we need in the rather bleak times we’re all stuck in.  Read More The Royal Wedding and the Benefits of Escapism