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6 Things I’m Watching, Listening To, Eating This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: Shadow Heart by J. L. Lyon I was lucky enough to have my dieselpunk aviation-adventure Storming nommed for the Realm Makers’ Christian speculative fiction award. Naturally, I had to take a look at some of the other books that were nominated. This one was up for the sci-fi category (Storming is […]

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherford Edward Rutherford’s London was my top fiction read of 2015. It was a tour de force of a historical ride, interweaving multiple stories over the course of England’s legendary history. It was the book that finally helped me get my head around the geography […]

6 Things I’m Reading, Watching, Eating This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev The major con of this book can be summed up in one word: manic. The pacing and the plot feel like they’re on a Japanese bullet train. But the prose and the imagery is beyond stunning. The protag’s romantic triangle is a bit annoying and […]

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: Scotland by Magnus Magnusson It was by total coincidence that my two books titled Scotland — this one and Fitzroy’s MacLean‘s, which I talked about in a previous post –– were alphabetically filed, according to author last name, right next to each other on the shelf. But it gave me a nice […]

6 Things I’m Reading, Watching, Eating This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham I began this behemoth with some trepidation. Seven hundred-plus pages of a book with such a dreary title sounds a little like self-torture. But it’s on my list of classics, so with a deep breath, I dove in–and was pleasantly surprised.  This is […]

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: Scotland by Fitzroy MacLean I honestly think I got more out of this slim volume than I have any of the countless other sources I’ve read about Scotland. Their history really clicked for me within the larger context of Great Britain and the world — both the romanticized bits […]

6 Things I’m Reading, Watching, Eating This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: A Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss I’ve had this one on my list forever and now that I’m doing a bit of a “sequel blitz,” I only just realized my library has it. This shockingly tiny “in-between-quel” to Rothfuss’s luxurious Kingkiller Chronicles is a strange little […]

7 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week?   Book: Main Street by Sinclair Lewis I’m about halfway through this (biiiiiiiig) book, and the jury’s still out. On the one hand, I appreciate the biting satire Lewis is employing to critique small-town status quo. On the other, the would-be reformer protagonist, who is slowly sinking into passive enslavement […]

6 Things I’m Reading, Watching, Using This Week

What has my attention this week?   Book: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes I have serious mixed feelings about this book—although not, in any way, conflicted feelings. On the one hand, this a compelling, interesting, well written story that is nearly perfectly structured and kept my interest and investment all the way through. It also, on […]

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: Kim by Rudyard Kipling Kipling has my heart if only because of “Gunga Din” and “If.” I was seriously underwhelmed by Captains Courageous (probably because I love the Spencer Tracy movie so much), so I wasn’t expecting much from Kim. Pretty much all I knew about it was that, as a […]