Returning to the blog

I’d intended to be back here a month ago, but life. I’ve been helping a son recover from an accident and also trying to figure out what to do with the state of the world. I decided when I started blogging here that this place wouldn’t be personal or political. I’d only talk about literature, books, writing, and reading.

It’s hard not to be political right now.

If you’re grieving for the loss of compassion and kindness in our country–I’m with you. So if my posts are infrequent, it might be because I’m busy carrying a sign or calling congress or maybe because I’m just burying my head in the ground and wishing it would all go away. I imagine there will be days of both.

In the mean time, here’s something non-political. And book-ish. I rearranged one of my kids’ bookshelves for him over the holiday break as a gift. He was thrilled. Spines in line are soothing, right?

 

 

Quotable Thursday

I love when someone writes the heck out of a sentence. On Thursdays, I try to post some of my favorites.

 

“Maybe we’ve already vanished. Maybe this is where you come to when you vanish.”
~Frank Cottrell Boyce’s The Unforgotten Coat

 

Wednesday: What I’m Reading

On Wednesdays, I vow to inconsistently list some good books I’ve recently read.

 

 

Kate Beasley’s Gertie’s Leap to Greatness is a delightful middle grade read. Beautiful sentences; vivid, rich setting; interesting characters. The dialogue is often hilarious, the kid logic spot-on. It’s a satisfying story with a perfect ending that isn’t overly sweet. Run out to get this one soon.

Quotable Thursday

I love when someone writes the heck out of a sentence. On Thursdays, I try to post some of my favorites.

“The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it’s bad if you say anything to them.”
~Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

Happy Holidays!

I hope you’re surrounded by love and peace and joy this holiday season. I’ll be back here on the blog in two weeks. Happy New Year!

 

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Quotable Thursday

I love when someone writes the heck out of a sentence. On Thursdays, I try to post some of my favorites.

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“If one believes there is truth in art—and I do—then it’s troubling how similar the skill of performing is to lying. Maybe lying is itself a kind of art.”
~Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina

Wednesday: What I’m Reading

On Wednesdays, I vow to inconsistently list some good books I’ve recently read.

 

 

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows is a treasure of a book. Maybe my favorite read this year.  A YA historical, imaginative, hilarious novel with romance and magic and hilarity and sensational characters. Also, did I mention it’s hilarious?

Run to read this one, my friends.