Books and Writing, Writing Update

Writing Update: December 2019

The #NaNoWriMo crash was real guys. After thinking about writing (if not always actually writing) every day in November, and obsessively tracking my word counts, my brain checked out a bit in December. Between that and the holidays, not a lot of words were written. However, the few words that were written were significant in… Continue reading Writing Update: December 2019

Books and Writing, What I Read This Month

What I Read This Month: November 2019

I went on a bit of an audiobook binge in November, which added quite a bit to my total number of books read. Overall though, I think poetry was the standout this month. I discovered some truly incredible poetry. Below is the list of everything I read in November. Life Inside my Mind by Jessica… Continue reading What I Read This Month: November 2019

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The Best Books I Read In the Second Half of 2019

I read some really fantastic books in the second half of 2019, between June and December. Everything from immersive novels to thought-provoking poetry. Below are my absolute favorites, culled from all my monthly reading wrap-ups. Have you read any of these? What did you think? The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded by Molly… Continue reading The Best Books I Read In the Second Half of 2019

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The Best Books I Read In the First Half of 2019

I know it's too early to do a full reading wrap up for 2019, but I've already started recommending books to people as "the best I've read this year." So I thought I'd put together a long list of the best books I read between January and June of 2019. There's a mixture here -… Continue reading The Best Books I Read In the First Half of 2019

What I Read This Month

What I Read This Month: October 2019

Wow - it has been a while. In the unpredictable way that life tends to go, this blog had to take a back seat to a lot of personal family stuff that happened this time last year. But I'm really happy to be trying to get back into it. So here is everything I read… Continue reading What I Read This Month: October 2019

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5 Books That Made Me Think Differently (#2)

I won't be so dramatic as to say that these books completely changed my life. That's high praise that I bestow rarely - thus far only on Harry Potter, but with a couple of close runners up. So no, I'm not a changed human for having read these books, but some of my thoughts, opinions,… Continue reading 5 Books That Made Me Think Differently (#2)

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5 Great Books About Mental Health (#3)

This round-up of books with excellent mental health components tackle suicide, depression, grief, self-harm, institutionalization, illness/mortality, and PTSD. Some of the books are for young adults, some are memoir or part-memoir, and some are commonly assigned in high school English classes. Books dealing with mental health are rarely easy to read, but they are so,… Continue reading 5 Great Books About Mental Health (#3)