I still can’t believe Katie and I got to interview Hank Green (episode 17) for the No Thanks We’re Booked podcast!Read More
I'm finally sharing why and how I annotate my books, and you guys, it has enriched my reading so much. I've been full-on annotating books for about two or three months now, and I can't imagine doing it any other way.
I'll admit, I used to be one of those people who would practically hyperventilate when even thinking about writing in books, but that "stage" of my reading life only lasted about two years.Read More
Since I began my public reading life, one of my greatest joys and most satisfying conversations with other readers is when they tell me I recommended a book they love. I truly get a little thrill when someone tells me she was in the worst reading slump and I inspired her to pick up a book, or that he finally picked up that book on his shelf for three years and found a new favorite.
Connecting people to books that mean so much to them—especially in busy seasons—is such a sweet perk to me in this whole “online reader” experience.Read More
I’ll try to trace the hold the book has on me, but what can I really say? Reading Station Eleven is like slowly peeling an orange, tearing it bit by bit until you’re at the sticky center. It’s sweet and it lingers, but oh, it stings, that little sun in your hands.
It’s a story about nostalgia: not only for what could have been but for what still exists buried underneath—like fingers on an out-of-tune cello playing a hollow song from muscle memory. Or maybe it’s always there, buzzing above our skin, like light moving over the surface of the waters, over the darkness of the undersea.Read More
Recently, I posted an Instagram story about how I like to use Post-It notes to get the most out of my reading. People seemed to like that tip, and then my story disappeared.
I've never received so many DMs from people wanting to learn what all the fuss was about! So I decided to share this trick—and more advice on how to get more reading done—in a blog series.Read More
I know heaps of stories about Salamanca—a hog's belly full. They reside underneath what we don't see: a bare, plaster wall or a hurting friend; a thin envelope on the front porch; a singing tree; a blackberry kiss. Her stories are like fishing in the air. They're hard to summon . . .Read More
I dreamed about a place where cherry blossoms grew wild, where prayers became poetry and ethereal green fields spilled into the sparkling blue sea. A girl lived there—a dreamy gaze of a soul who had been wandering afar, star-led. She walked, rowed, berried, and dreamed to her heart's content . . .Read More
I've spent several days now wondering about people who read for rest and self-care—how it would be lovely to unwind at the end of a hard day with a book or spend a Saturday tucked away between blankets and pages of captivating books, maybe with a face mask on and a glass of wine.Read More
I've decided to give the old book blog a little bit of a facelift. I've always been quite inconsistent with blogging content, but since I'd started the NTWB podcast, I really haven't had much time for my BookTube channel. To be honest, I'm not sure what will become of it, but I know it's just too much work to keep up with both.Read More
Hi readers, I'm finally posting my August TBR! I may be too ambitious—it is August 9 and I haven't picked up a book yet—but I need to commit, prioritize, refocus. Life is crazy, and I don't want my reading to fall by the wayside.
I decided last month I want to try to read at least one book a month that's been on my shelf for more than six months. Lately, I've been checking books out at the library, getting new books from publishers, buying new books, et cetera.Read More
For episode 9 of the No Thanks We’re Booked podcast, Katie and I had the great pleasure of interviewing Rosie Walsh, NYT best-selling author of debut novel, Ghosted (also known in the UK as The Man Who Didn’t Call).
Some highlights from this episode: Hearing Rosie talk about the challenge of revising and rewriting . . .Read More
My love for this book, in many ways, mirrors Leni’s love for Alaska. Wild. That’s how I describe it all. When Kristin Hannah gets her hooks in you, she digs deep and holds on. I can only use Leni’s words to describe how I feel about this book . . .Read More
Oh, I devoured this summer contemporary like candy. Or maybe honey is the right word; the prose is so smooth and draws you in instantly.
There's no better feeling than picking up the perfect book for your season of life—the perfect read you're craving. Ghosted was sweet, heartwarming, heartbreaking, gushworthy, swoonworthy, and a story I will always look back on fondly.Read More
It seems this "blog" exists only as a way to display announcements, but one of these days I'm convinced I will return with full force! Life is just too busy these days.
But, in the meantime, I will share some of life's bigger, exciting twists and turns here. My friend Katie and I started a bookish podcast called No Thanks We're Booked, and boy, are we loving it so far. Check out the website for details on what it's all about, how we met, episodes, and all of the social media links.Read More
Oh, I adore this book. Kelly is a masterful storyteller, and I feel this one was brewing in her for a while. Lovers of middle grade—no matter their age—will come away with their own kind of sticky-sweet starlight: more joy, inspiration to forgive and cling to hope, and love multiplied.
This is a story about magic, how lies and sorrow and fear can rule and ruin, but how even the brokenness of the mad can be repaired with strength and hope.Read More
I realized people stumbling upon my editing blog posts may not realize I’ve been talking about my life as an editor over on my YouTube channel. I’m overdue for another relevant video, but go ahead and hop over if you’re looking for more info on the best editing books, how I became an editor, and more!Read More
Oh hi, hello! I forgot to mention in this space that the team at BetaBooks interviewed me for their podcast, How Authors Work. BetaBooks makes it easy to share your book with beta readers and collect, search, and act on their feedback. The podcast has more to do with the process behind writing and the different ways authors make their work come to life.Read More
It's been quite a busy season these past few months! I haven't done as much reading as I hoped, but I have been enjoying the bookish community quite a bit! I just got back from a trip to Chicago with some of my favorite bookish friends and BookTubers: Katie, Julie, and Jess. It was so fun to hang out with them for a long weekend in a huge city—especially because this was Jess's first time in the United States!Read More
It's been a while! I promise I haven't completely fallen off the map; I've been making videos and reading and such, but I have to admit, I haven't had the itch to write in quite a while.
Today, however, I'm inspired by the Twittersphere because it happens to be twenty years since J. K. Rowling first publishing the Philosopher's Stone, the first book in the Harry Potter series. #HarryPotter20 has been trending all morning, and I have to say, I've been a bit weepy thinking about the world's love for this particular Wizarding World.Read More
I'm joining in (last minute, of course) with thousands of readers today for Dewey's Read-a-thon! I won't be able to read all day, but I do have quite a few books I want to finish before May 1st (and the Do-a-thon!).
I'm treating today as a "wrap-up day" for all the books I've either (1) been reading forever and can't seem to finish or (2) put down at the beginning of the month and neglected to pick back up. Strangely, I've been enjoying all of the books on this list; life has just been in the way a lot lately.Read More