2018 was a GREAT year for reading. I was lagging behind my Goodreads Challenge goal of 75 books for much of the year, but a very quiet few weeks at the end of December allowed me to catch up and even read one more for a total of 76. In all I rated nine books with five full stars and 37 as four-star reads — not too shabby. There was so much good stuff to read, and my TBR pile is already enormous for this year. So much so that I’m upping my 2019 goal to 80 books. As is … Continue reading Vic’s Top 10 Books Read in 2018
It’s 1991, and I’m lying on my bed in my dorm room. I’m a freshman in college, and it’s the first time I’ve been on my own, away from my close but incredibly dysfunctional family. I’m making friends, sort of, … Continue reading #tbt: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges
Better late than never, isn’t that what they say? I think it applies here, too. Besides, we’re only one day into the new year. There’s still time to reflect, right? Right? Well, regardless, I’m going to share the 10 best … Continue reading Elise’s Top 10 Books of 2018
Went for a late afternoon motorcycle ride in the sunshine today. Stopped at a coffee shop and sat and read the new Kate Atkinson for a little bit. I’m developing a relationship with KA — I don’t love everything she … Continue reading I love autumn.
So we’re halfway through the year (holy shit, we’re halfway through the year!). How are we doing? How is our reading going? Speaking for myself, it’s going great and not so great at the same time. Great because I feel like I’m living up to at least some of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year; not so great because I am (shudder!) three books behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ve been in a little bit of a reading slump lately—I’ve just had a lot of other things going on and haven’t been … Continue reading Six Months In
My name is Elise, and I am a writer. Or at least I try to be. In some senses I am; I did work as a ghostwriter for nearly a decade and write upward of fifty books in that time. So I think that qualifies me. And I have notebooks and thumb drives full of first drafts and incomplete scenes and unfinished stories that I take out and read from time to time and wonder why on earth I didn’t follow through on them. And then I remember: I am a procrastinator. I also get mental blocks and writing blocks, … Continue reading Regrets, I’ve Had a Few; or, My Writing History and What I’ve Learned from It
One of my reading goals this year is to reread some old favorites, so I was pretty stoked when I found out that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (from thatartsyreadergirl.com) is Books I Could Reread Forever. Because I’ve already got a list of those going! But it was also a good excuse to go and peruse my bookshelves, looking for my literary comfort food—those books I can pick up and read again and again, in whole or in part, and never, ever get tired of them. Some because they’re so meaningful to me or remind me of where and … Continue reading Once Is Never Enough