April 28, 2017

A Year of Literary Adventures – #Read2016

One of my goals for this year was broadening my literary horizons -- aka, reading outside my comfort zone by intentionally choosing titles from a specific list of book categories. My comfort zone is fiction, specifically mysteries and a few choice classic novels. Fiction is great for stretching your imagination, introducing you to new places and experiences, and increasing your empathy and understanding of different types of people. But too much fiction can dull your mind. We need a balance of "fun" reading alongside the nonfiction books which require more focus and thought. Some nonfiction might be harder to get through, especially on days when you're feeling overwhelmed physically or [...Read More]


Literary Adventures in September/October – #Read2016

After reading like crazy in July and August (probably making up for all the weeks I didn't read while we moved), my literary adventures slowed down a bit over the past few months! Part of that was just the normal fluctuation of life; part of it was because I was digging through some deeper material . . . specifically the two-volume set on a Mormon's journey to Christianity, which was fascinating and educational but also full of meat and rather long. Along with those two books, I read three others that fit within my #Read2016 categories, and two just-for-fun books in a fictional series. Here's what I explored from September-October (includes affiliate links): Gospel Meditations [...Read More]


Literary Adventures in Summer 2016 – #Read2016

Apparently moving cross-country kind of throws you off your groove in every area of life for quite a few months. Even reading. Even for die-hard bookworms. I suppose I should have expected it. But I filled up my Kindle before we left and rather naively thought I would gets loads of reading done on the way. Unfortunately, between the long bumpy days in the truck and the exhausted night of trying to sleep in cheap motel rooms, that didn't happen. In fact, I only read 2 books in the whole month of May... I'm not sure that's ever happened before! Even once we got to Wyoming and finally found a place to rent, life got full fast with unpacking and settling, full-time ministry, exploring the [...Read More]


Literary Adventures in March/April – #Read2016

I know, I know. It's almost August, and I'm just now posting about March's literary explorations... But better late than never, right? :) Spring was incredibly busy -- between multiple rounds of company, medications that interfered with my sleep, rapidly changing plans for our future, and an eager new interest in drawing -- everything conspired to make me feel (gasp) ambivalent towards books for a while. Consequently I only completed seven books in March and April, which is probably a record low for me. Four of them were for this year's literary challenge (#Read2016), one was just because I wanted to cross it off my to-read list, and two were "comfort reads" during the busyness of [...Read More]


Literary Adventures in February – #Read2016

This year's literary challenge (#Read2016) is perhaps the best thing I could have chosen to expand my literary awareness. Diving into unfamiliar genres, exploring unusual topics, and discovering new-to-me authors has already been an adventure. (Read January's update to see what I've enjoyed so far.) Even the "hunt" for titles shows me new things about my literary tastes, whether my dislike of traditional classic novels or my love of the old poetic masters. I was happy to discover some great literary gems in February -- and some short ones too. Despite it being a short month, I finished quite a few books -- however half of them were fiction, and only three were over 150 [...Read More]


Literary Adventures in January – #Read2016

I'm thoroughly enjoying the chance to explore different genres and meet new authors as I attempt to broaden my literary horizons in 2016! (Read more about it here.) I thought it might be difficult to get through some of the titles, especially some of the older works -- but other than a few dry sections here and there, the titles have held my attention surprisingly well. And I've been reminded how much I enjoy reading things other than my usual go-to titles and authors. For instance, searching for poetry books has reawakened an old love of the poetic masters (Tennyson, Blake, Frost, Donne). Perusing books published 100 years ago has led me to discover P.G. Wodehouse and G.K. [...Read More]