Jan 08

New Year, New Books!

It’s a new year, which means a whole new year of spectacular reading! I’ve made a goal to read 60 books this year. Now, this is less than the last couple years, but that’s because I really want to savor each and every book I read without having to worry about meeting a number. I […]

Aug 24

Fangirl in the Fall

I love this time of year. The early morning air is turning crisp and cool, the garden is making its final push before the last harvest, and all the kiddos in the neighborhood are trekking back to school. Ah, back to school. I remember the excitement, feeling so full of hope at all the possibilities the […]

Jun 01

May Flowers and June Books

It’s been a rainy spring in Colorado. Between storms, I snuck outside and discovered beautiful flowers blooming in our backyard. What amazed me most was that despite being pummeled by rain, hail, and even snow, they found a way to thrive. I find this to be incredibly inspiring, but maybe I’ve been playing with metaphors […]

Dec 15

Best Books of 2014

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ~ Stephen King I once heard that Stephen King reads 70-80 books per year (which ironically doesn’t seem too far off of how many books he writes per year). Which means I’m in […]

Dec 02

On Book Reviews

Since I started taking my writing more seriously, I’ve become a more critical reader. Whenever I finish a book, I challenge myself to pinpoint what I especially like or dislike about a story. And I LOVE doing this. I absolutely love reviewing books. Dissecting the craft, analyzing different narrative styles, seeing the way a story can be […]

Nov 24

Giving Thanks For All Things Bookish

Thanksgiving is so close I can practically smell that juicy turkey roasting in the oven, can envision a glorious tryptophan-induced nap with football on in the background, all while musing over what in my life I’m particularly thankful for. Now, of course, I’m thankful for my amazing husband, family, friends, good health, the freedom to pursue dreams, […]

Nov 03

Standout Standalones

I love a good series. Longer story arcs, revisiting favorite characters and worlds, the anticipation for the *next* book… But sometimes I get Series Exhaustion. When this happens, all I want is a standalone novel. A story contained within the pages of a single book. No added expectations, no extra commitments. But so many books these days […]

Sep 15

It’s Raining Books

Over the past week something has shifted in Colorado. There’s a crisp chill in the early morning air, the days are noticeably shorter, and leaves are changing into a fiery bouquet of warm colors. That’s right, autumn has arrived. Which means football (go Broncos!), pumpkins, that spicy smell of discarded leaves, and reading. Lots of […]

Jun 02

The Many Flavors Of Books

Just like ice cream, books come in an assortment of different flavors. Now, I’m not talking about genre but rather mood, which seems to transcend genre. Here are a few of my favorite reading flavors: Comfort (chocolate): These books are so happy and fun they always give me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Ironically, I […]