When’s the Right Time to Abandon a Book?

As a Lit major and a lifelong lover of books, it took me a long time to feel okay with abandoning a book. I think I became predisposed to thinking that if a book is deemed IMPORTANT, I didn’t want to miss out on the cultural experience. I always want to enjoy a book and…

Weekend Links

Happy weekend! Here’s a round-up of what I’ve enjoyed from around the Web. “Congratulations, By the Way” by George Saunders I just finished up the last real week of school. Final exams will be underway next week, and then —— sweet, glorious summer. This graduation speech, delivered by George Saunders to the Syracuse Class of…

Visiting Amsterdam: Amsterdam City Guide

Last summer, Chris and I spent three weeks in Europe. We toured northern Italy during our first week (in Milan, Florence, Bolzano, and Verona to be specific) and our final week was a road trip along the southern coast of Iceland. But this post is about the second leg of our trip: five days in Amsterdam!…

Guest Post: Recent Reads / 06

My sweet mama Carmel Paine has read 25 books already this year (!!!), so I thought I’d ask her to write a guest post on her favorite books so far. I enjoyed hearing her perspective on the books she likes, and I’m sure you’ll love her reviews, too. My daughter Emily has asked me to rate…

How I Rate the Books I Read / My Goodreads Rating System

Do you rate books after you’ve read them? I never did until I joined Goodreads. I like that I have a system in place for remembering my general feelings about a book and that my star reviews add to the book’s aggregate score. One thing that continues to surprise me about Goodreads reviews is that…