So Many Books, So Little Time: Ten Books Still Waiting on My To-Be-Read Pile

Longtime visitors to the Stacks know that I'm not a fan of overly restrictive to-be-read piles—I rail against them often enough. For first time readers, though, let me reiterate: books are more fun for me when I grab one without considering publication dates and what I should be reading. Often that means my shelves are … Continue reading So Many Books, So Little Time: Ten Books Still Waiting on My To-Be-Read Pile

Stuffed Shelves: Ten Books Plucked from My Overflowing To-Be-Read Stacks

I've never been one for setting New Years resolutions, reading or otherwise. While I like the idea of forming a loose reading goal—maybe I'll get through 100 books this year, maybe I won't—I usually find stress far outweighs any benefits when it comes to formulating a specific set of books to read in a certain … Continue reading Stuffed Shelves: Ten Books Plucked from My Overflowing To-Be-Read Stacks

It Was a Dark and Stormy Year: Ten Cozy Mysteries for 2021

It's too early to tell if 2021 is on track to be a better year than 2020—after all, the pessimist that occasionally roams through my brain like it's Grand Central Station suggests things can always get worse. However, there's maybe one arena where this year will have a hard besting 2020: great new books. Last … Continue reading It Was a Dark and Stormy Year: Ten Cozy Mysteries for 2021

Old Friends, New Faces, and Old Friends With New Faces: Ten of My Favorite 2020 Reads

I'm hesitant to make a list decreeing my favorite books of the year because, really, I like most everything I read. Ignoring the unfortunate amount of political nonfiction that I regularly torture myself, who has time to spend hours with a book they don't like? Even with my usual easy-to-please reading habits, I would argue … Continue reading Old Friends, New Faces, and Old Friends With New Faces: Ten of My Favorite 2020 Reads

Christmas Comes But Once a Year: Ten Books I’d Like to See Under My Tree

Santa doesn't usually leave many books under my tree. To be fair, in the time it takes him to check his list twice, I've probably already read another one. It's a lot for even me to keep track of—I have to admit, more than once, I've purchased a book thinking it sounded interesting only to … Continue reading Christmas Comes But Once a Year: Ten Books I’d Like to See Under My Tree

What Comes Next: Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading This Winter

We've officially had our first snowfall on my little patch of green, and it seems winter will follow shortly. Temperatures are dropping by the day and I'm ready to drop onto a comfortable chair and curl up with a stack of good books. Sure, I do that no matter the weather, but at least now … Continue reading What Comes Next: Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading This Winter

Reading, to Begin With: Ten Christmas Books to Charm Even the Biggest Scrooge

Last week, it pained me to admit that I was being a bit of a grinch when it comes to this Christmas season. There has been a recent turn of events, however. Maybe my eyes caught the twinkling lights on the tree just right. Maybe the wrapping paper I was using folded at just the … Continue reading Reading, to Begin With: Ten Christmas Books to Charm Even the Biggest Scrooge

Say That Again: Ten Books I’d Love to Read a Second Time

When it comes to reading, the only thing better than a gorgeous new read is tucking into an old favorite. And as the year is beginning to finally wind down, I'm finding myself drawn to a lot of books from my past. Maybe it's the unforgiving cold weather, maybe it's the constant uncertainty surrounding us, … Continue reading Say That Again: Ten Books I’d Love to Read a Second Time

Thank Books for Small Favors: Ten Recent Reads I’ve Loved

This week is all about Thanksgiving in the U.S. While this year has many of us staring bewilderedly at the calendar, wondering what awful thing could possibly happen next, I do think I have plenty to be thankful for. My family. My friends. Their health as well my own. I'm also thankful for time—time spent … Continue reading Thank Books for Small Favors: Ten Recent Reads I’ve Loved

Where the Wild Stories Are: Ten Books with Animals in the Title

Who doesn't love a good animal story? Personally, I'm partial to cat tales, and I've picked up more than a few books just because they had a cute kitten on the cover. For this week's Top Ten Tuesday, the theme is centered on characters I'd name a pet after. And as great of a topic … Continue reading Where the Wild Stories Are: Ten Books with Animals in the Title