Last year was a big year for my reading life. After reading a few phenomenal short story collections, and because I dared to try writing fiction, I wanted to study short stories. I subscribed to The New Yorker for a weekly dose of curated short fiction. I started with a 12-issue trial, and when in … Continue reading Reading in 2019
Since finishing my Andrea Reads America project, I’ve felt both thrilled and overwhelmed by the reading possibilities before me. I didn’t have my next book planned when I finished the project, and that caught me off guard. After six years of a pretty structured reading life, I suddenly didn’t know what I was going to … Continue reading I am free again in my reading life!
I turned the final page last night on my third book set in South Carolina, and now I am in the home stretch of my Andrea Reads America tour of the United States. I’ve read three (or more) books from 40 states and the District of Columbia so far, and I’ve got these states left … Continue reading Ten states remaining on my reading tour of the US
My Andrea Reads America project is now 5 years old. I started in November 2013, and I am currently reading New York: state number 32 of 50. I’ve got 18 states (54 books) to go. I’m ready to be finished. Why do I commit myself to stuff like this? Finding books I like has been … Continue reading I love those books you just can’t put down
I spent this weekend devouring a novel. I can’t remember the last time I started a book on a Friday and finished it on a Sunday. It made me so happy to feast on fiction again! After being let down by a book I had been excited to read, I went into this one with little hope. I allowed myself a little … Continue reading Fiction jubilation
I’ve been waiting for autumn to arrive, and it is here. I’m sitting on the couch in sweatpants, with a wool blanket over my lap and a kitten curled up next to me. The wind whips at our house, and it whistles over the chimney like when you blow air across the top of a … Continue reading October, and I’m happy