Some Musings on Three Books I Love

I recently reread the Hunger Games books, in anticipation of the first movie. I don’t have time to write the post I’d like to write, but I’m going to give myself an hour or so to work through some of my broadest thoughts here on the blog. My reread was different from my initial readings…. Read more »

Do What Makes You Happy

First, it’s come to my attention that Amazon has the prologue and first chapter of Bitterblue online, for anyone who wants a sneak peek. MORE IMPORTANTLY: As you may or may not know, in conjunction with the soon-to-be-released Hunger Games movie, THERE IS NAIL POLISH. I’ve always been led to believe that the ultimate goal… Read more »


I just stumbled across a list of books about body image, health, and dieting and had the urge to list them here on my blog, now, at the New Year, when the societal pressure toward weight loss rises to a fever pitch. In case it is helpful for anyone to know that books like this… Read more »

The World’s Smallest Reading/Writing Lesson

Look look!  Hebrew cover from Kinneret-Zmora! —–> So, a gazillion years ago, I wrote a post about Megan Whalen Turner’s A Conspiracy of Kings, which included a picture of my own copy of the ARC. Afterwards, people kept asking me what was up with all the post-it flags, and I got all inspired and enthusiastic… Read more »

What I’ve Been Reading (and some music TV)

Okay, this is an even more random edition of What I’ve Been Reading (and Watching) than usual — I hope some of it speaks to some of you out there!  1.Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges (2006, 2nd revised edition), by Loren Pope. The college application… Read more »

“I don’t believe in an afterlife, but I still fully expect to see my brother again”

Last Christmas, at my parents’ house, my nieces (who were about 16 months old at the time) kept telling us that they wanted to be read to, but every time their mother, codename: Cordelia, began a new book, they would get distracted, wander around, then come back a few minutes later with another book, asking… Read more »

Dreams, Whales, Books

I’ve been rather itinerant for the last week or so… did some visiting, some birthday celebrating, and so much reading that you’d think I’d be reading in my dreams. Instead, I had a dream that Shah Rukh Khan raided my suitcase, stole my pants, wore them in a rainstorm and ruined them. This is nearly… Read more »

Chime, Outnumbered and Stuff

Kangaroo summoning and socks seem to be going head to head as the best birthday presents in my birthday poll. As I recall, that was the case last time, as well. (I actually voted for the least popular item, the foot-fungus-ridden seven league boots. Because being able to travel seven leagues in one step feels… Read more »

Notes from a Few Days Off

If you’ve never seen a movie by Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life (out in theaters now) might not be the best one to start with; I worry that this tale of family relationships in the 1950s and today, starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, and Sean Penn, might lose you ’round about the… Read more »