2020 Favorites: Backlist

We’re halfway through January, but I’m still over here recapping last year’s reading and I’m not sorry about it. A couple weeks ago I shared my favorite new releases that I read in 2020, and today I’m sharing my favorite backlist picks! The majority of my reading in 2020, about 77% of it, was made up of books published before 2020, so shuffling through those titles to pick out my top twelve favorites was a true struggle. I read so many good books. *insert sobbing emoji here* But shuffle through and narrow down I did, accompanied by much wailing and […]

2020 Favorites: New releases

Friends, ’tis the season for recap and “best of” lists! I always love seeing the ones that my favorite media outlets and trusted friends post, so this year I’m sharing my own. But trust that there’s no possible way I could narrow down my entire year of reading to a single top 10, so I’m splitting it into two categories: new releases and backlist titles, with each list getting its own blog post. First up are the 2020 releases! (Oh, and there may or may not be twelve books on each list instead of the traditional ten, for no reason […]

What’s in a wheelhouse?

Jeff and Rebecca, hosts of the Book Riot Podcast, so often mention their “wheelhouses” in conversations about books that the term has slowly weaseled its way into my own vocabulary when it comes to reading. Like “oh my god, I can’t wait to read the new Emma Straub book—it sounds like it’ll be 100% in my wheelhouse” (true sentence). But what actually is a wheelhouse? You know I had to look it up. Apparently a literal wheelhouse is the pilot’s area of a ship, where the steering wheel is located, but the meaning has expanded to include any center of […]

I miss homework, kind of

One of the things I miss most about being in a formal schooling situation is homework. (Not papers so much, since I was often so paralyzed thinking that my argument needed to be fully formed before I could even start my first draft that I’d end up obsessively mulling over the topic, staring at a blank computer screen, dreading the due date’s swift approach, and getting more and more stressed out… until I’d end up writing and editing it all in a night or two, hating myself the whole time, and swearing I would never wait until the last minute […]

Oh look, a book blog

Hello there! I’m guessing that one of these two scenarios applies to you: You know me in real life and ended up here through a link I shared elsewhere on the internet, which you clicked out of friendly obligation (or genuine interest, okay, okay), or You don’t know who the heck I even am and now you’re starting to wonder how you stumbled across this unsteady little baby giraffe of a blog post (aw, look at its crazy long neck and knobby knees!) Either way, welcome to my brand new blog. I’m glad you’re here. Hold on. Let’s back up […]

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