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 29

The New Book I’m Sneezing About

In Marketing, a ‘sneezer’ is a term for someone who promotes products word-of-mouth, and word-of-mouth marketing is still alive and well in the book world (just ask John Green and his army of Nerdfighters). I’ve been a book sneezer for a long time. In fact, if we’ve had a prolonged conversation about books recently, chances are I’ve […]

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 […]

Apr 14

Top 5 Story Endings

Ah, The End, where all the carefully constructed mysteries are resolved, final gut-wrenching twists are thrown in, and you’re left with either a sense of awe or disappointment. The whole story might be perfect, the beginning engaging, characters compelling, plot fast-paced, but if the ending is off, game over. A less-than satisfying ending can mean […]

Mar 10

Drawing Stars

I’m reading Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, a webcomic with quirky graphics and poignant humor. Reading Brosh’s stories reminded me of one of my own childhood memories, and inspired me to share it. When I was 4 years old, I learned how to draw a star. This was a big moment for me because […]

Dec 23

Best Books of 2013

I made a goal at the beginning of the year to read 52 books, one a week. Now, after spending a year relishing in the worlds and imaginations of some truly brilliant authors, I’m one book and one week away. Huzzah! (I have a perhaps-crazy goal simmering for 2014, but that’s for next week’s blog…) […]