I have 30+ bookmarks. I’ve collected these bookmarks from various places including independent book sellers, this marvelous bookstore/café/tea bar/all around amazingness known as the Oxford Exchange where I live, friends, artists, festivals, etc. I have a special drawer for these bookmarks. Two drawers, actually. You get the point. And yet, when it comes time to put down my newly started book for the night (or day or mid-afternoon), I can’t seem to find one available. Continue reading “Book Nerd Problems #5- When You Can’t Find a Bookmark”
Author: Robert Lyman Baittie
This book is for everyone— the newly diagnosed patient with Parkinson’s, the family of the person with Parkinson’s, the person wondering about Parkinson’s, the person suffering from any chronic illness, the person looking for inspiration, and even the random Joe looking for a good book to read.
I’d heard people talk about how they “didn’t have time to read” after having kids, and I thought it was complete rubbish. How can one not have time to read? I wondered. Kids go to bed at what…8:00 at the latest? And don’t they take naps? And what about the stay-at-home parents whose kids are school age? They’ve got a fantastic 7 hours to read! I couldn’t understand what was so hard about making time for reading with children. I mean sure, maybe I wouldn’t be able to read in the middle of the day once I had kids, but I could certainly do so after my child went to bed. Continue reading “Book Nerd Problems #4- Reading Life After Becoming a Parent”
I love the library more than I hate it, of course. I’m even strongly considering a master’s degree in library science so I can make “the library” my life’s work. I love being surrounded by so many books, genres, and possibilities. I love the sense of community a library brings and all of the book clubs and writing clubs and Excel workshops the library provides. I take my son to the library to complete his homework, and then he and I partake in a little reading or coloring in a couple of cushy chairs that overlook the lake.
Book Author: Natalie Taylor
I had high hopes for this one. This memoir chronicles a wife’s first year and a half (or so) after her husband dies in a freak accident. At the time of his death, Taylor is only 24 years old and 5 months pregnant. The first few chapters reeled me in quickly, but somewhere in the middle, I found myself struggling to keep interest. I almost put the book down without finishing it, but I found that I couldn’t do it. I don’t know if it was just my obsessive need to finish books that kicked in or if I just hope this book would get better.
Continue reading “Review Fridays #2- Signs of Life”
Lately, I’ve been bypassing my extensive TBR list all together and opting for the this-cover-looks-good method at my local bookstore when choosing the next book I want to read. The last time I tried this it worked out really well, and I ended up with a memoir that I just couldn’t put down. (For any of you into memoir, I highly suggest A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. You can read my review of it here.)
Continue reading “Book Nerd Problems #2- When You Want to Break Up With a Book”
It happens to the best of us. We peruse our Goodreads TBR list or go to the shelves of unread books in our bookcases and carefully select the next text to read. We commit to said book wholeheartedly. We promise to take it with us everywhere and open it up every chance we get. We will read its pages with zeal and dedication.