2015 TBR Pile Challenge

So last year’s TBR Challenge did not go so well. Oops. But I’m bound and determined to try again this year, and I think I may actually accomplish my goal this time. See, one of my other goals for the year is to read almost exclusively from my own bookshelves. I’ve allowed myself a little leeway […]

The Best of 2014, J-Mart Style

Alex kicked things off for our end-of-the-year roundup, and now it’s my turn to share a few of my favorite things of 2014. These are the things that rocked my world, wound up on repeat, and made a mark this year. BOOKS The Martian by Andy Weir: I LOVED this book. I didn’t expect to love it […]

The Best of 2014: Introductory Thoughts filled with AP Rambles.

Most of our themed blog posts start with a text. Just imagine the little speech bubbles and those agonizing populated dots, ticking away as the other person types. And here, AC (Ali) pops up with her adorable picture saved in my phone and says, “Let’s do a roundup of our favorite things for 2014, literary […]

Filling in Reading Gaps

I read A LOT, across many genres and types of books. But while I’ve always been a big reader, I realized recently that I don’t feel like I’m actually very well-read. That is, there are so many books and authors that I feel like I “should” have read—books that serve as cultural signposts—that I’ve just missed […]

Wingardium Leviosa.

On my eleventh birthday, I am pretty sure my parents gave me everything I wanted. I’m pretty sure my friends attended some awesome birthday party my mom slaved to put together. I am pretty sure my Dad took pictures and my grandparents smiled as I blew out eleven candles atop a birthday cake. When I […]

Tournament of Books X Mini-Reviews

So, I didn’t make it through my goal of reading all the books in the Tournament of Books shortlist this year. What can I say, law school gets in the way of everything fun! But I did manage to make it through 7, which is more than I was able to do last year, and […]