Dispatches from #BookFest 2014

by Kim on April 16, 2014 · 20 comments

Whew! It’s been about 24 hours since I finally made it back to Minnesota from my weekend in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and I’m just starting to get my thoughts together. Rather than a lot of words, I’ve got a photo-heavy post to try and share some of the […]


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March has been a strange month. I’ve been feeling rather discombobulated for the last few weeks, which has made it difficult to read or, to be honest, focus on getting blog posts up and written. I’m not sure how that is all going to play out for April, but I’m optimistic. Overall, March was a […]


What Are Your Three Books?

by Kim on March 26, 2014 · 21 comments

Yesterday, NPR Books (via All Things Considered, I think) asked people a surprisingly awesome question about books: .@npratc wants to know: what 3 books summarize YOU? Make a snapshot of your life? Would let a bookshelf-spying stranger "get" you? #my3books — NPR Books (@nprbooks) March 25, 2014 I added my response to Twitter, but felt […]


February is a weird month. It’s short, cold and hard to spell (maybe that last one is just me?). But because I didn’t have any travel plans this month, I managed to finish nine books, including one chunkster of a biography: Harford, Tim: The Undercover Economist Strikes Back (nonfiction) Janik, Erika: Marketplace of the Marvelous (nonfiction) Hoffman, Carl: Savage Harvest (nonfiction) […]


February: A Month of New Things

by Kim on February 1, 2014 · 34 comments

February is my least favorite month of the year. In general, I am not a fan of winter (as anyone who reads this blog for more than a week surely knows), but I have reasons to appreciate every other winter month besides February. In November, the cold weather is new and exciting. In December, there’s […]


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I started January reading ALL THE BOOKS, then slowed down pretty dramatically at the end of the month. After finishing five books in seven days, I only finished two for the entire rest of the month. I’m not to worried about it though, since I think the quality of the books I finished was pretty […]


Tackling My TBR in 2014

by Kim on January 3, 2014 · 31 comments

I’m generally pathetic at following through with goals and resolutions that I set on January 1. Like most people, I get ambitious at the end of the year and set myself up with a huge list of things to do to make life better. But January is traditionally a pretty busy month where I struggle […]


Welcome to the first official week of Nonfiction November, a month-long celebration of nonfiction I’m co-hosting with Leslie of Regular Rumination! Throughout the month, we’ll be reading and writing about nonfiction, and encouraging other readers to join us through a series of post topics. The first topic should add a ton of books to your […]


As a brief kickoff to Nonfiction November, I thought I’d share a couple of lists — nonfiction I’ve read but not reviewed so far this year, and nonfiction I’m thinking about reading this month. Read But Unreviewed When I went to start putting this list together, I was worried that it was going to be […]


On Sunday morning, my sister Jenny and I were getting ready to go out and grab breakfast when she noticed an announcement for Half Price Books’ yearly clearance sale — all books $3 or under. We’re both big fans of Half Price Books (a buy and sell used books chain), so adjusting our plans to […]