Seedlings and projects and ethics, oh my!

Now that Christmas decorations have been stowed and the surprisingly calm (for me) Mardi Gras season has begun, things have calmed down, and we've been able to focus on more mundane, non-family-related projects. As usual, Palmer did an excellent job decorating the mantle. I've been up to my usual crafty shenanigans, at least for this time…

It’s 2017. In other news, I read a book.

Yeah, I'm a little bit late on this one. I've been a little bit late for a while. Anyway, I've been thinking about what I want to do with this blog and with my year in general because, you know, that's what one does this time of year. I only made one formal resolution: Read that damn pile of 50 books again. If you've ever looked at this blog …

2016 Book #1: The 5th Wave

This is what happens when I see a pretty disaster pr0n movie trailer and think I'll like the book because of it. Okay, it's not terrible: it's run-of-the-mill post-apocalyptic YA. You know what to expect. In my defense, I didn't know it was YA until I picked it up at the library and saw the YA taped to the spine. I cringed a little, then checked i…

2015: The Year in Books

2015 has been an interesting year. I've been really busy, mostly because of dogs. That and an extended foray into Minecraft from which I only recently returned. Books were on the back burner this year. I only blogged about fifteen of them, but I read forty-two, according to Goodreads. That's a little shy of my annual fifty-book goal, but it's not …

2015 Book #15/42: Slade House

I can't end this year without talking about Slade House, David Mitchell's latest novel. It's been out for a few months, but I just managed to get my hands on it and devour it. But first (and briefly), I'll explain the numbering in the title. Slade House is the 15th book I've reviewed on this blog this year but the 42nd book I've read (according …

2015 Book #14: It

I finally read It. It's been on my tbr shelf (and my tl;dr pile) for at least a decade, maybe even longer than The Stand was. (I'm having a hard time keeping away from the obvious puns. Gah.) If you read my review of The Stand, you know that I couldn't get beyond the made-for-tv movie I'd seen so many times. It ruined the book for me. I was r…

2015 Book #13: The Good Earth

I guess it's for the best that I've put off reviewing a couple of books lately, as I'm tired of audiobooks and it's taking me forever to read It. I read (listened to) The Good Earth almost a month ago, and my procrastination has nothing to do with how much I liked it. It's really fantastic. The downside is that I've waited so long to write ab…

2015 Book #12: Rabbit, Run

Here's yet another case of You Got an English Degree...How? I'm not quite sure how it happened, but I got through college and a master's degree without reading Updike. (In my defense, this time is not as bad as when I got called out in a graduate class for never having read Jane Eyre...which I promptly read and enjoyed. That was several years ago.…

2015 Book #11: Trigger Warning

I'm usually not a short story reader unless it's in The New Yorker (collections are so disjointed!), but I jumped on Trigger Warning after I had such a good time reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane in 2013. I love Neil Gaiman. I'm pretty sure I've read all of his novels, and I've liked every one (except Good Omens, the one he wrote with …

2015 Book #10: The Neverending Story

I should have written this post right after I finished reading The Neverending Story, if only as a public service to save you the trouble of trying to read this stupid book. My anger has lessened as I've subconsciously begun to repress  the crap my eyeballs transmitted to my brain over several days. Ugh. SO short spoiler-free review: DON'T. …