My “Assigned Reading” for This School Year

It’s no secret that I sometimes miss being in school–I miss the external push of deadlines and teachers, I miss the exposure to literature and views that I normally wouldn’t think of, and I miss the feeling that I know, for at least that one thing, that my progress can be measured, tracked, and assessed. …

12 Recent Reads I’m On the Fence About (Some May Surprise You!)

Any reader will tell you that reading tastes vary widely–that there are as many tastes in books as there are colors in a paint store. But still, there are SOME books that MANY, even MOST people seem to like, or at least to widely recommend. This is largely how I’ve come across the majority of …

I Have a Problem Finishing Things + The Book That Changed Everything

First off, I should clarify—I don’t have a problem finishing ALL things. For example, I have no problem finishing books. Or an entire bag of Costco-sized Hershey’s kisses by myself. Or following through on commitments I’ve made to people (usually). No…what I DO have a problem finishing, however, is anything to do with tidiness or …

What’s Been Worth Reading Lately (+ What Hasn’t)

When I stopped reading mostly just from recommended reading lists and started reading whatever the heck I wanted, I was able to go a miraculously long time without hitting a bunch of duds in a row. Sure, I hit a few books I could have done without (The Signature of All Things, anyone?), but overall, …

10 Favorite Board Books for Toddlers

Ten of our Favorite Board Books for Babies/Toddlers

As I mentioned in my last post, we’ve been participating in a little library challenge over here that involves reading 1,000 (different) books to Raven before kindergarten. (And, thanks to Steph who gave me the great idea to open up a separate Goodreads account to track all of them!) Although 1,000 books can seem daunting …