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My Reading Frenzy
Just a little librarian reading big books.
Interests: Reading, writing, books, walking, libraries, book stores, cats, amateur gardening
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I read quite a few short books this week, but also finished one I have been reading for two weeks and another it took over a week to listen to. More and more I appreciate the intensity offered by middled grade books that cater to an audience that wants a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2021 at My Reading Frenzy
I went two weeks again between posts, but have also not been able to carve out as much time for reading, so there are probably as many "reads" and "readings" after 14 days as there usually are after seven. I should have more time this week and am feeling more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at My Reading Frenzy
Last week I added a new list "Up Next," which includes the titles at the top of my TBR list. You will find, which I already knew about myself" that I may or may not really choose my next reads from those I mentioned. Read: Ghost (library ebook) by Jason... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2021 at My Reading Frenzy
I have been remiss in posting anything here at all, but I am back with an overview of what I have been reading during these long, cold weeks. In addition to what I have read, am reading, and am listening to, I have added an "Up Next" section to preview... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at My Reading Frenzy
Not currently possible with the fences up, but maybe someday. I am not sure if January was long or short. It feels fast for it to be February already, but on the other hand, looking back, the holidays feel long ago. In other news, I have secured a part time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at My Reading Frenzy
I thoroughly enjoyed Amanda Gorman's inauguration poem and have listened and watched it on repeat. I have written about it for my Library of Congress Teacher's Corner post this month. Read: Just Last Night (egalley) by Mhairi McFarlane - I enjoyed this as much as I have McFarlane's other novels.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at My Reading Frenzy
Hanging poems on a cherry tree The weather this week wavered from gloriously warm and sunny to less warm, but still sunny to cloudy and chilly. Each day that it was sunny, whatever the temperature, I went for a 5K walk. I'd like to work up to a mostly 5K... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at My Reading Frenzy
Wanting to write a post about everything I read in 2020 made me grateful for my diligence in logging everything I read on Goodreads. I was able to pull up my 2020 challenge and look at all the books I read this year, including dates and a look at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2021 at My Reading Frenzy
The Beautiful Capitol Building in more peaceful times I disappeared for a while. Between prepping to be away from home for the next few months and the holidays, I let the blog posts languish. But I am back with renewed inspiration and reading goals. In my previous reading update, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at My Reading Frenzy
The year is coming to a close and I am nearing my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal number of 185 books read this year. (I am at 179.) I don't set a goal to push myself or compete with previous year's numbers, but as one way of noting my reading habits.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
I did some solid reading this week, but liked less of it than I usually do. Read: I moved quickly through Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King (Library book) the 11th book (published in 2018) in the Mary Russell series. Mary and Sherlock travel to Venice, Italy to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
This is really a two part question: Should we read and study the classics as part of coursework at colleges and universities or as independent readers? YES! Should we teach the classics to high school students? It depends. (I believe this for the classics of any language or culture, though... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
This was a light reading week. I traveled to visit M. in rural MA for a few days. We generally isolated ourselves because while there are small towns in the Berkshires, the weather was dreary and rainy and it was nice to stay warm with wine and take-out. Read: Over... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
Despite the distractions of last week, I managed to read quite a lot. I definitely indulged in some of the graphic novel reading I did on Tuesday night while refreshing the election results. I knew we would not have an answer until much later in the week, but I did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
Last week I explored the ways reading is good for mental health, both mine and that of others. Today I want to explore the corresponding stresses I sometimes feel around reading. The Pressure to Read Like many avid readers I feel the self-imposed pressure to read many, many books. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
It has been two weeks since posting one of these updates, and I would never have guessed I had read so much. This is why I use Goodreads to keep track of my reading. Read: I finished The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. The main character is given the opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
Without question, reading is beneficial to my mental health, especially in 2020 when there are so many unexpected challenges. I find that reading almost anything from fantasy and sci-fi to murder mysteries to informative non-fiction is helpful to me. (While my need to be informed about local and national news... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
This was not a great week for reading as we spent a ton of time at the house painting, fixing, scrubbing, sweeping, trashing, and recycling to get it ready to sell. Read: I read Megan Whalen Turner's 6th book in The Thief series, Return of the Thief, a book, among... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
I love to read. I love to read books from many genres, though as you know I am particularly fond of time-travel science fiction and mysteries. (I'll write about fantasy favorites soon.) Despite my love of reading, reading, reading, I do no seek long books. I gravitate toward books that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
This was a random reading week. At first I had NO time, then we arrived in Florida and I had TIME. Read: Between the plane and beach morning, I finished If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane. I appreciated the main characters progression from someone who tied her identity... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
Because I have a NetGalley account, I have the opportunity to read books before they are released. Access to NetGalley is available to librarians, educators, booksellers, and bloggers as a way to offer e-gallies to those who are in a position to purchase and recommend books to others. As a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
I had much more time this week to read and listen than last week. Read: I finished The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver. Overall I liked the story and was attracted to the magical realism elements of Lydia's experience with grief at the loss of her fiancé... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
I have just finished reading The Two Lives of Lydia Bird (2020) by Josie Silver, which prompted me to think about magical realism as a genre and revisit other books I have read in the genre. I found this book after reading and enjoying One Day in December (2018), which... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
This week has been less about reading and more about minimizing and organizing in the new place, but I have managed to get in evening reading time just about every day. Read: On Wednesday I went out to the Fairfax Public Library where I have a card because I work... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy
A few weeks ago I wrote about the authors I have seen in person (or virtually). Today I want to share some authors I would like to see if given the opportunity and others who are long gone, but who I think would have been great in person. Phillip Pullman... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at My Reading Frenzy