2017 Reading List- Year in Review

2017 was a great year for reading.  My goal was 52 books for the year (one for each week).  I didn’t quite make it.  But goals were meant to be broken, right?  Or is that rules?  Life (okay, so Netflix) got in the way.  Anyway, much beautiful reading was still done, and I have no regrets.  Here’s what I accomplished and, briefly, what I thought: Continue reading

iGen- Book Review

Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, an employer, or just an observer of the human condition, there is a good chance you’re concerned about the youth of today.  They are glued to their phones, they don’t go outside, they can’t/won’t get jobs, they seem incapable of genuine, face-to-face communication.  What are we going to do with them?  Take away their devices?  Kick them out of the house?  Throw up our hands and give up? Continue reading

Sometimes I’m So Smart I Almost Feel Like a Real Person- Book Review

Graham Parke has done it again.  With his finger firmly on the pulse of the technology-addled contemporary dating scene, Park’s Sometimes I’m So Smart I Almost Feel Like a Real Person is a hilariously parodic frolic into the world of the “I know everything, even though I’ve never done anything” world of the failure-to-launch millennial romantic.  Continue reading

2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge- Year in Review

book-stackIt’s 2017!  Where has 2016 gone?  It was a great year for reading, and I met my reading challenge (notice I’m not saying “goal.”  I have a tricky relationship with goals and reading, as I’ve addressed in this specific context before).  Here’s how the year went: Continue reading

“Upstream” by Mary Oliver- Book Review

upstreamI can’t read Mary Oliver’s poetry (which I have been doing a lot lately), without considering her process.  Not knowing anything else, I imagined long walks and lots of quiet pondering.  Early mornings.  But also late nights afterwards.  At a desk.  With a warm lamp. Writing, drifting, thinking.  I imagined a dog with her, maybe, on these walks or by the fire. Sometimes. Lots of quiet.  Upstream, a collection of her essays, filled in some, but not all, of the blanks. Continue reading

Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett- Book Review

imagine me goneEveryone knows someone who struggles with mental illness.  Maybe they don’t even know it.  But when it’s a member of your immediate family, it is hard to miss.  And it affects each member of that family in a different way.  Maybe we inherit those traits.  Maybe we feel guilt.  Maybe we mourn the fact that we can’t do more.  Maybe we ignore.  Maybe we act out, in anger, fear, or desperation.  Continue reading

Book Review: Adulting – by Kelly Williams Brown

adulting by kelly williams brownIs there anything more millennial than this taking a noun and making it a hip-sounding new “-ing” gerund trend?  Googling, texting, tweeting, Facebooking.  That’s about all I thought Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown was going to be, a novel-length collection of snide millennial hipsterness.  I was…wrong? Continue reading