New Year, New Me… Yeah, Probably Not

I really love the concept of starting fresh each year — reinventing myself, making meaningful change — it’s powerful. In theory, New Year’s resolutions are great — not only do they force us to look back at what we’ve been doing and re-evaluate, but they also ask us to do better. Eating too much pie?…

Magpie Murders: A Modern Day Agatha Christie Mystery

Set in a small English town, Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders features all the archetypes that whodunit connoisseurs have come to expect from the genre. There’s a nosy neighbor, a vicar, a small-town doctor, plenty of small-minded townsfolk, a wealthy man of power, and a ridiculously intelligent detective. Horowitz also slips in a few less-conventional elements,…

Waiting

I have written one poem in my adult life. One. In a previous blog post, I wrote about my experience as a student at UC Santa Cruz, during a period in my life when my husband and I were living nearly two-thousand miles apart. In that post, I write about how I found great solace…

A Minnesota Fall

    I have not been very focused on my reading lately because much of my energy has been devoted to other things. In general, I tend to go through reading phases during which I’ll read five books in a row without hardly ever coming up for air. Then, I’ll follow that with a reading…

A-Z Alphabet Book

Hello, Friends! I have been wanting to do this for a while now but didn’t have the platform to do so until I started this blog. During my last year of college at UC Santa Cruz, I found myself alone in a new city and surrounded by students who were ten years younger than me….

Twin Cities Book Festival | Rain Taxi

I have been looking for ways to get involved with the local literary community since I moved to Minnesota, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to volunteer yesterday for the Rain Taxi-sponsored Twin Cities Book Festival. Gathered together, in a spacious building at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, were the city’s finest authors, readers, publishers,…

Elena Ferrante’s The Days of Abandonment

I keep making the mistake of reading a good book, deciding that I would like to write a blog post about it, but then not… I have a pile of books that I read during my last reading sprint, and I’d love to share them with you, but unfortunately, the details are beginning to turn…

Some Thoughts On Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist

So. Much. Hype. Written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, and published in 1988, this short novel exploded as an international bestseller roughly around 2009, when it was translated into sixty-seven languages. It has sold over sixty-five million copies and set the Guinness World Record for the most translated book by a living author (I guess…

Lazy Weekend

Today’s post has nothing to do with books. Rather, I’m giving you a photo-recap of my weekend. Hey, it’s my blog. I can post whatever I want! Think of this as some of the lowbrow content. While much of my weekend was spent in sweatpants, in front of our kitchen table playing games with Christian…

Why Literature?

I chose a humanities degree not because I wanted to make a lot of money (my current job hunt is proof of that), but because it satisfies the needs of my soul. Literature carries within it the solution to almost every human need. It fills the gaps of missing education – be it history, culture,…