Currently | Monday Morning

June 30, 2014 Currently

Time and Place // 7:20 a.m. at my desk Drinking // Green tea (delicious, but perhaps not the caffeine content I need this morning) Reading // I spent a lot of time this week reading creative nonfiction submissions for a regional literary magazine. When I wasn’t doing that, I flipped between a couple of books: Hidden America […]

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Nonfiction Recommendation Engine: Memorable Memoirs

June 27, 2014 Nonfiction Recommendation Engine

Life at my day job this week has been… strange, so I only have one recommendation to share today. But the request from Rhonda is a great one, so I’m excited to share it. Here’s what Rhonda is looking for: I read a lot of memoirs. I love fiction, but it has been a long time […]

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Interrogating My Bookshelves

June 25, 2014 Musings

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 […]

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‘The Map Thief’ Makes Cartography Cool

June 23, 2014 Book Review

It’s taken me forever to try and write a review for The Map Thief by Michael Blanding, which came out on May 29 from from Gotham. It was the book I chose for my May pick for Bloggers Recommend, but I’ve been having such hard time expanding on that little blurb: In 2005, the small world […]

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Currently | It’s Officially Summertime

June 22, 2014 Currently

Time and Place // 8:10 a.m. at my desk Eating and Drinking // Blood orange cranberry black tea and cherries (I love cherry season so much). I’m still thinking about the awesome dinner we had last night — steak, sweet corn, and two types of salad. Yum. Reading // After a slow reading week, I […]

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Blogging for Books versus Blogging Because of Books

June 20, 2014 Musings

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 […]

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Audio Book Reviewletts: ‘The Martian’ and ‘The Thousand Dollar Tan Line’

June 18, 2014 Book Review

Since June is Audio Book Month, I want to share quick reviews of two audio books that I thought were a ton of fun: The Martian by Andy Weir and Veronica Mars and the Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. The Martian by Andy Weir (read by R.C. Bray) Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney […]

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Currently | Welcome to a New Week

June 16, 2014 Currently

Time and Place // 7:45 a.m., back at my desk in Morris after another weekend with my family. My sister and I took my grandma to see The Little Mermaid on Saturday, which was so much fun. I need to see more live theater. Eating and Drinking // Greek yogurt and black tea, the breakfast of sophisticated […]

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Why Isn’t Just Reading Enough Anymore?

June 12, 2014 Book Riot

This post originally appeared on Book Riot, where it got a lot of great feedback. Since it was published on Tuesday, Kate Rados with the Crown Publishing Group reached out on Twitter to ask for feedback on Blogging for Books, a program targeted at bloggers that is mentioned in this piece. I sent an e-mail with […]

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12 Books from BEA I’m Excited to Read

June 10, 2014 News and Notes

Finally, the post from Book Expo America with all of the books! I had mixed success grabbing the books I was curious about from the show, but found several others I’m looking forward to reading. Below are 12 of the books I’m most excited to read, followed by some quick thoughts on the other books […]

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