My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh was on my reading list for a long time. Not only was I naturally drawn to the melancholy Austen-era woman on the cover, but it also got tons of great buzz both online and from my reader/writer friends. I finally got the book from the library and finished reading it a week or two ago. For a book with a lot of lead-up in my life, it seems like I’m taking almost as long to process it in the aftermath of reading it.Read More
Unlike a lot of the minimalism hype out there these days which focuses on decluttering, Lightly: How to Live a Simple, Serene, and Stress-free Life by Francine Jay is about embracing simple and intentional living as a lifestyle philosophy.Read More
Every writer knows that writer's craft is almost as much about reading as it is about putting pen to paper. No matter what you like to read, immersing yourself in the craft of others is not only one of the best learning tools for a writer, but it's also one of the most fun!Read More
Like so many romantic teenage girls who grow up to be writers, I have always been a big Jane Austen fan. Coming home from university over the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays always meant pulling my well-worn copy of Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility off the bookshelf and diving into Austenland.
But, as any Austen-head knows all too well, there are only six of her novels and it doesn't take long to exhaust your supply. With that in mind, here are four other books to read if you love Jane Austen.Read More
One of my resolutions for 2018 was to read 40 books in the year. In the first few days of January I felt a lot of pressure to get started and read as fast as I could since I had no idea if 40 was an accurate or reasonable goal for me. Now that 2018 is over, I can very happily say that I surpassed my goal and read a total of 49 books last year! (Oh how I wish I could have gotten to a nice round 50!). Along the way I picked up a few new habits that have helped me seriously increase my reading time. If you're thinking of starting a reading challenge, here are my top tips on how to win that bet against yourself.Read More