First books of the year!

The first books I’ve bought in maybe a year? They had all the books I needed except one. Let’s get the 2018 Reading Challenge moving!! All the books I bought are re-reads except Murder on the Orient Express. I cannot lie and say that I enjoyed the most recent movie version (Kenneth Branagh was a poor choice…

2018 Reading Challenge

I enjoyed 2017, not tying myself down to a specific reading list; however, I missed the challenge of finding new books that fit obscure criteria. So this year, I am combining the best of both worlds. My goal is to finish 25 books, including some re-reads, while also stretching myself by completing as many that…

Farewell 2017, Shalom 2018!

Due to an exciting, but unplanned career move right before New Year’s last year, I wasn’t able to do this for 2016-2017. 17 Things I Learned in 2017 Fear is no way to live life. Don’t wait until you’re 40 or until you’re “ready.” Do what your heart desires, don’t let your head get too…

Drinking while Reading

The Science of Game of Thrones was AMAZING! Hilarious, insightful, informative, and entertaining — if you’re a fan of the book or movie series, you will love it so much.

2017 Reading Challenge Failure

I did not complete my reading challenge for 2017, but I got a lot closer than I thought I would! According to GoodReads, I was 12 behind schedule on December 31. Actually, I’m only 11 behind. After I (re)read A Little Princess, I read my great aunt’s self-published memoir and I’m counting that! Here’s a list…

I need your help!

I have long been fascinated by early British history, but am having a really hard time finding reliable sources over that time, unless they are about Eleanor of Aquitaine and that era. Does anyone have any recommendations for books or documentaries over the following: Queen Bertha of Kent (born c. 539) Emma of Normandy, queen…

Drinking while Reading

This is my third day of Winter break, but only first day (truthfully, half day) of wellness. So why not celebrate with a mildly gross detox “tea” in a mug I gifted myself while reading a gigantic history of the making of one of my favorite classic movies?

What I am reading…

I have long been fascinated with Viking history. This book merges one thing I love with another: ancient British history! I am not that far into it and find a lot of it rather confusing, to be honest, but Emma appears to be a fantastic historical figure: strong and powerful in a time that did…

What I am reading…

I’ve been fascinated by Old Hollywood since I was a kid, so I was very surprised to learn that I know almost nothing about the legendary Barrymore family. I am not that far into The Barrymores: Hollywood’s First Family, but I cannot help but fall in love with this family… and their dedication for keeping…

Drinking While Reading

Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors and lately I’ve been trying out different collections of short stories. The Harlequin Tea Set is not one of my favorites, but two of the stories stand out: “The Mystery of the Spanish Chest” and “The Harlequin Tea Set.”  More about those two later! Hot cider is…

The Little Book of Boxing

This really is a  “little” book! A series of short vignettes, the book covers several centuries of boxing history. As GoodReads puts it, Boxing has a long and eventful history and its drama, excitement and humor are covered in this fascinating account of the noble—and sometimes ignoble—art all over the world. It covers the bare-knuckle…

It is finished, was her cry!

I finally finished A Storm of Swords! It was epic, it was rich with details, but what stands out the most — out of over 1000 pages to choose from? The epilogue man… I finally met Lady Stoneheart!