I’m kind of ridiculous. I love reading, and I love challenging myself. Sometimes, I like to combine these two aspects of my life. There are books that I want to read to prove to myself that I can. I’ve been doing this since I was ten years old. So I thought I would take a moment to share some of my milestone books with you.Read More →

I’m going to do something a little bit different this week. My RWA chapter and I have made a book bingo of romance books and tropes to expand our reading in our genre. So I thought that today I would share the books I’ve read for the bingo recently, as well as what categories they would fit under…Read More →

Or some of them, anyway. I’ve been listening to The Handmaid’s Tale on audiobook lately, and it’s gotten me thinking about dystopian novels. They’ve been around for a while, but there is definitely a trend, especially in YA, as of late. And it doesn’t surprise me, with all of the uncertainty going around in the world. So this has gotten me thinking about my own favorite dystopian novels and series, from past and present. So I present to you just a few of them.Read More →

I know I’m an adult, but I read a lot of YA fiction (even if I didn’t enjoy them, I’d try to keep up with them.  I’m a teacher, and I like being able to talk to my students about reading).  The book box I get (Uppercase) sends out new YA books every month.  So far, I’ve loved them all, but here are my top 3. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows This book was a delight.  Historical, hysterical, magical (sorry, I couldn’t think of another h word).  A consuming and fun read.  I can’t wait to go back forRead More →

I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on the story of Lancelot and Guinevere for my current WIP (no, it’s not a telling of their story… but my main protagonists are movie stars who met in a film about them), and it got me thinking about love stories. I’ve been reading and watching a lot of them lately, for inspiration, and it makes me realize that I REALLY like love stories (I am a romance writer, after all), so here it is. The first in my many part series: My favorite fictional love stories.Read More →

Here’s a break from your regularly scheduled blogging for you… I don’t check into this site as much as I should, but with summer break on the horizon, I want to turn that around. So what blogs should I follow?  What blogs should I read?  I love books, teaching, writing, pop culture, movies, Broadway, adulthood struggles… You name it. Tell me what to check out.  Comment here.  Promote yourselves if you want to.  Why should I check out your blog?  I want to!  Here’s me breaking out of my shell.Read More →

Pre-sale excitement. “I’m going to a book sale, I’m going to a book sale, I’M GOING TO A BOOK SALE!” During-sale euphoria.  “Books, books, BOOKS.  Look at all the books!” During-sale overwhelmed panic. “But which do I buy?  Can I afford them all?  They won’t all fit in my car!” Checkout anxiety.  “Am I sure I don’t want that Nora Roberts book?  That Jackie Onassis biography looked so lonely…” Post-sale regret. “I bought too many books.  I didn’t buy enough books.  I should go back.” To-read list overwhelmed panic.  “WHEN WILL I EVER READ ALL OF THIS?” Joy.  “Look at all my books.” I’m goingRead More →

I was in the 9th grade.  In my reading class, we had to choose a classic book to read and do a presentation on.  Any classic book.  The year before, I had read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for this assignment.  One friend was going to try to read Les Miserables.  Another would be reading 1984.  But I was lost. So I went to my teacher for guidance.  To this day, I don’t understand how she knew me so well.  Yes, it was her second year as my teacher.  Yes, I had her for a very small class.  But how did she know so perfectlyRead More →