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 […]

Staff Picks: Recent Reads

It’s been quiet on the blog, and much of the radio silence has been because Alex (AP) and I are both currently studying for the NY bar exam, which (oh no!) is at the end of this month. But if you think that finishing my last semester of law school and studying for the bar […]

Blog Notes Poetry

 Blog Notes Poetry   Home Traveling Comfortable where you are Coffee shops, airport bars, strange apartments, places you’ve never been Places you grow up Comfortable in the moment Reading something worth your time Smelling coffee Quiet snow Surrounded by friends and family Wherever you go.  

Field Trip: The Elliott Bay Book Company

Today I was wandering around Seattle with a friend/coworker. I mentioned that I really like reading (Because saying that you’re an obsessive bookworm with a dedicated blog just doesn’t register at the preferred level of the sanity scale.), and he said “Oh, I’ve got a place you should see then.” So we turn the corner, […]

It’s Tournament of Books Time!

It’s my very favorite time of year . . . Time for the Morning News Tournament of Books! The Tournament of Books (aka the ToB) is basically the literary version of March Madness, hosted every spring by The Morning News. This year is the tenth (!) anniversary of ToB, and it’s going to be fun. A […]

The Classics Revisited – 2014 New Year’s Book Resolution

One of my favorite things about my best friends is that they motivate me. They push me to be smarter, stronger, and kinder than I previously thought possible. Every year Jess tackles a new year’s book resolution, and every year I think, “Wow, that’s really an accomplishment, I should do something like that.” This year […]