don’t throw it away

Just dropping in to share a quick thought because it’s been swimming around in my head, and the only thing I can do to rid myself of these kinds of repetitive, sometimes disruptive thoughts is to write them down. A few years after I moved to Las Vegas, I was back in Canada visiting my family and dug out my boxes of old journals from storage in my parents’ basement. I don’t quite know what it was that led me...

Luster by Raven Leilani

On Reading “Luster” for the second time

I’ve read widely so far this year: some YA, a couple memoirs, even a holiday romance. But nothing that has blown me away—not in the sense that I held the book to my chest once I was finished, the way I have in the past. When I finished reading Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King, a little disappointed compared to how I felt after fawning all over Writers & Lovers in 2020, I knew that what I read next...

A decade in Vegas

This evening marks ten years since I left Canada and moved to Las Vegas. I’ve been vacillating between a lot of different feelings regarding this milestone, but what I mostly gravitate toward is gratitude. I am grateful that I took a leap of faith for love. I am grateful for my husband taking that same leap with me. I am forever grateful for those of you who helped me adjust to Las Vegas, and—despite how awkward and, frankly, aloof and...

MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2020

I didn’t talk about books here on the blog much last year. I didn’t talk about much of anything, actually. But we know I love books, and so, naturally, I wanted to share some of my favorite books I read in 2020. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett — there’s a reason this book is as popular as it is. I read The Mothers years ago and loved it, and TVH was even better. Luster by Raven Leilani — I...

MY READING LIST FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

This has been a tough, strange year, and when things get tough I reach for things that comfort me. This could explain the jump in my caffeine consumption (highly probable that my seven-year-old doing distance-learning from home has affected this as well), but it certainly explains why I’ve been spending my spare time reading—often re-reading.  There are people out there who can’t stand the thought of reading a book they’ve already read (But there are SO many books out there...