Category Archives: exposition

This Is the Way the World Ends

I mentioned that book club had inspired a couple of posts. This is one of them. We were talking about past picks, and The Road came up. I mentioned that I generally enjoyed post-apocalyptic fiction, but this was the bleakest one I’d read yet. Someone asked what else I’d read in that vein–and the only thing I could come up with was The Stand (Stephen King). Which I believe I read at least three times between the ages of 12 and 16. I even read the unedited version when it was released (if you’re reading it for the first time, go with the edited if it’s still available).  I later thought about Susan Beth Pfeffer’s YA novel Dead and the Gone, which I read after our editor said how much she loved the first novel in that series. And Children of Men, by P.D. James, which is also a film.

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Books I loved in 2008

I started this blog to slow down my reading, and it seems to have worked.  Work on this blog and my other one, combined with a week from hell at the office (getting home at 7 is not the norm for me), have kept me from reading much of everything. I’m taking in about a chapter of Peter the Great every night and then it’s lights out.

So in the interest of keeping this place lively, here are a few of the books I loved in 2008. Continue reading

What I’d like to read this year, and why — part I

I’ve been thinking a little more about how I want to structure my list. At the beginning of each month, I’m going to choose two or three titles at random, and then two or three titles from this list of books I’ve been wanting to read but for one reason or another, have not yet made it to. There will be  nonfiction additions to the list (hence “part I”) but here are the novels I have so far, in no particular order: Continue reading


I’ve started this blog to try to focus my reading efforts. Though I’ve loved to read since the day I learned how, I’ve always been something of a magpie when it comes to books — picking up whatever looks bright and shiny, and following it to my next read, whether it be the author’s backlist or other books on a similar topic. My day job, as an editor at a book review, means I always have a fresh supply of finished books and galley proofs tempting me. It is possible for me to gulp books down at a rate of 3 a week, sometimes more. Once I pick up a book, I almost always finish it in the same day.

This has served me pretty well so far, but after 20-odd years of reading this way I’ve decided to try to be a bit more deliberate in my selections this year, to see if it affects the way I read and think about books. Basically, I’ll be going on a diet — but instead of monitoring what goes into my body, I’m watching out for my mind. Each month, I’ll make up a list of books to be read and document my progress here. I’m sure I’ll cheat and throw in a few bright and shiny things…but I plan on sticking to it for the most part. Anyone who finds this blog is welcome to read along with me, critique my selections or offer up new ones. How do you decide what to read?