Nancy: Summer is for Lovers (of Books)

Here in the US, the three-day Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff of the summer season. Yes, the official first day of summer is nearly a month away, but in most of the country, temperatures are already rising, vacations are on the calendar, and list upon list of summer reading recommendations are splashed across newspapers, magazines, and various and sundry corners of the internet.

Most of us here on the blog are avid, year-round readers, so we hardly need an excuse to pick up more books. But it is fun to check out curated lists and find some books that are hot and trending, cool and refreshing, or just downright emotionally satisfying. This weekend, in between family cookouts and sipping mango margaritas, I came across some lists that have put me into a book-buying frenzy. The side effect of this is, of course, that a reading frenzy will soon ensue. #readerproblems Continue reading

Michille: Reading Lists

Reading ListElizabeth’s post yesterday was a good precursor to my annual (well, second annual) reading lists post. Here are some lists that we can use to add to our TBR piles (like any of us need to do that). There are many books that appear on more than one list, like The Invention of Nature: Alexander VonHumboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf, Beauty is a Wound, by Eka Kurniawan, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Here are some of the lists that are swimming in the ether: Continue reading

Elizabeth: What Have You Read Wednesday?


Another month, another attempt to reduce the To Be Read pile. This month had a number of cool grey days that were perfect for curling up on the couch with a good book.  Regrettably, they frown on doing that at work. Fortunately, there were enough evenings and weekends for me to make a dent in the pile, thought I can neither confirm nor deny that I added more new titles to the list than I read.

Anyway, here’s what topped the list this month: Continue reading

Nancy: All I Want For Christmas…Are Books!

Reading List

I love a good list. I get an incredible sense of organization from writing to-do lists and a huge feeling of accomplishment by crossing off each completed task. I adore reading lists like those Michille shared last week, as they give me great ideas for new books to add to my TBR pile.

But one type of list I dread writing every year is my Christmas wish list (yes, I know, most adults don’t do this, but I have a few family members who still request it, even though my childhood years are…ahem…decades behind me). And sorting through reading lists right now (because really, what do any of us want more than books? 😉 doesn’t fit into my current schedule as I fight through multiple to-do lists, none of which have anything to do with the impending holidays.

That’s where my secret weapon comes in, because I have a built-in group of smart, well-read people who, I’m sure, won’t be shy about sharing some ‘best of 2014 books’ of their own with me. (Those of you reading the 8LW blog are the smart people, in case you missed that.) I’ve already started my Christmas wish book list, but there’s a problem. Continue reading