Meet Libby

I downloaded Libby by Overdrive after I poked around my library's website and found that we have a HUGE collection of e-books and audiobooks. I spend a lot of time in the car but I've been hesitant to drop money on an Audible subscription. Libby is a free app that lets me check out e-books and… Continue reading Meet Libby

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A Book Without Dragons by Olivia Berrier

Confession time: I was not expecting to like A Book Without Dragons. Sci-fi isn't usually my genre. But as the title implies, this isn't your ordinary fantasy! Here's an excerpt of my review over at OnlineBookClub: [I]t’s the year 2054. Thanks to a satellite system known as Unitime, cars run on Refined Solar Energy instead of… Continue reading A Book Without Dragons by Olivia Berrier

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Reading a memoir is a bit like stalking someone on Facebook. You might feel a little guilty but that probably won't stop you from hungrily searching through the private parts of their life. I'm fascinated by this genre—and even hope to write a memoir someday myself—so I found The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr… Continue reading The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

More Review-y News

I've been writing for OnlineBookClub.org for a few weeks now, and I've finally earned the ability to do paid reviews! Check out my latest review over the delightfully whimsical children's story Farmer Beau's Farm. I've also been given the opportunity to participate in something called The First Ten. Every day, OnlineBookClub sends an email with their Book… Continue reading More Review-y News

Everything I Never Told You

Just finished this book by Celeste Ng. I picked it up after seeing it referenced in a review of Chemistry, Weike Wang's debut novel released in 2017. (I'm w orking on an official review of the latter. Hoping to get it published soon.) Everything I Never Told You was a riveting read. It's. The novel begins with the… Continue reading Everything I Never Told You

Ian Tattersall & the Transmission of Knowledge

Language has allowed us not only to represent the world around us but to actually reshape the world in unprecedented ways. In a talk given at Columbia University, Ian Tattersall asserts that language and thought are functionally inseparable, and that it is these characteristics that most significantly separate humans from animals. Though on selective occasions animals seem… Continue reading Ian Tattersall & the Transmission of Knowledge

Writing for Online Book Club

I’ve recently started writing book reviews for OnlineBookClub.org. So far, it’s been a great experience. I thought I’d share some thoughts on the process with my book-loving friends. The books are free as long as you write an honest review. And once you’ve been doing it for a while, you even have the chance to… Continue reading Writing for Online Book Club

Dabbling in Fiction

Fiction is NOT my forte. I'm much more inclined toward memoir/essay writing. But I promised my writing partner that I'd crank out a piece of fiction in August, and I did. Here's the premise: Mary has a rare disease that causes her to "lose" words. Once forgotten, they are lost forever to her mind. They can’t… Continue reading Dabbling in Fiction

Thoughts from my retreat

I spent the last two days on a retreat with my best friend in the middle of a Kentucky wood. We stayed in a yurt, which is a sort of cross between a cabin and a tent. It was a much-needed time of space and relaxation, a time to unplug and refocus. Here are a few… Continue reading Thoughts from my retreat