Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. Every year that I can, I join my family and a ton of friends up my my parents’ cabin in northwestern Wisconsin for a long weekend of relaxing by the lake. Since it’s right before my birthday, it’s always felt like a special weekend […]


Interrogating My Bookshelves

by Kim on June 25, 2014 · 30 comments

Earlier this month, fellow Book Riot contributor Peter Damien shared this great comic from Tom Gauld: Peter went on to use it as a jumping off point to explore his own bookshelves. It was such a great idea that I’m shamelessly borrowing it for this post. Here’s how my shelves stack up: Read: There are a lot […]


Last week I shared a post I wrote about the growing expectations for readers. In that post I was critical of a program for book bloggers, Blogging for Books, that’s been developed by the Crown Publishing Group. After there was some chatter on Twitter about my post and the program generally, Kate Rados (@KateRados), Director […]


Five days at a book conference in New York City is a lot to recap in a single post. Hence, part two of my adventures at Book Expo America. This post includes evening activities on Thursday and Friday as well as my adventures in bookstore shopping (I know!) on Saturday before catching a plane home. […]


Whew! I started out this post thinking I could get all of my trip to New York for Book Expo America into one piece, but it was getting way, way too long. With that in mind, consider this the first of three posts I’ll share on BEA. Today’s post includes traveling to New York, BEA […]


I can’t quite figure out where the month of May is going. In four days I”ll be on my way to New York City to attend Book Expo America, the publishing industry’s biggest event of the year. This will be my fourth trip to BEA, but I still never really feel prepared. I’ve been slowly […]


Last weekend I made a surprise trip to the Twin Cities to surprise my mom and grandmas for Mother’s Day. On my drive back to Small Town USA on Monday, I made a stop at a new Half Price Books. I went in with two full bags of books to sell and walked out feeling […]


Dispatches from #BookFest 2014

by Kim on April 16, 2014 · 23 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 […]


Post image for March 2014 Reading Wrap-Up and a Look to April

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 […]