Book Club Picks

Book club picks

The above linked article has a list of books for book clubs. I hadn’t heard of any of these books, so I’m curious about what others think about them. None of my book clubs would be likely to pick any of these, but I always like recommendations.

WIN ME SOMETHING BY KYLE LUCIA WU

BLUE-SKINNED GODS BY SJ SINDU

RADIANT FUGITIVES BY NAWAAZ AHMED

TWELVE TRIBES: PROMISE AND PERIL IN THE NEW ISRAEL BY ETHAN MICHAELI

THE FAMILY CHAO: A NOVEL BY LAN SAMANTHA CHANG (FEBRUARY 1, 2022)

THE ACTUAL STAR BY MONICA BYRNE

WHEN GHOSTS COME HOME BY WILEY CASH

THE 9.9 PERCENT: THE NEW ARISTOCRACY THAT IS ENTRENCHING INEQUALITY AND WARPING OUR CULTURE BY MATTHEW STEWART

OLGA DIES DREAMING BY XOCHITL GONZALEZ (JANUARY 4, 2022)

All the Bookmarks?

I brought many many books with me for my time away. Most of them have been started and are almost finished. Hopefully, I’ll get some actually finished by the time I leave.

For the books that I brought that I haven’t started. I need bookmarks! I forgot to pack some. I have several dozen bookmarks at home, and have packed zero, I think. I recall picking up a small box of them and putting them somewhere. Maybe they are in the box of books that I haven’t opened yet?

It seems silly to use a grocery receipt as a book mark when I have so many actual bookmarks to use. Let’s hope I packed them!

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this touching, funny set of stories about the author’s life. Some stories were funnier than others, and some had me feeling strong emotions. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needed something light and quick to read. It was well-written and kept me engaged for the whole book.

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Greenlights

How to feel well read

How to feel well read

The above linked article is a list of books to read to make yourself well-read. I personally think there are others that one could read, also, but this is a start.

I know I’m not as well-read as I could be, and the fact that I have only read a few of these shows me that. I truly disagree with the fifty shades series being literature and I will continue to refuse to read them. I think that they make no one well-read.

The author’s point, though, was to give the idea that it’s not what you read in certain genres that make you well read, it’s reading across many genres. You don’t want to read just one and say you’ve read a lot.

Another point that the author makes is that the more a person reads, the more that person realizes that she isn’t well- read. There’s always more to read.

Here’s a list of some of the genres the author recommends reading. I disagree with the actual book suggestions, but they are just suggestions and the author’s attempt to get the point of the article across.



Western Classics (Ancient & Modern): to give you a good foundation for the who’s who of Western literature.


Dystopia: the stuff of our worst fears and nightmares.


Science Fiction & Fantasy: we can’t overlook the geeky cousin of the classics, can we?


Great American Novels: these zeitgeist works practically defined a time period of U.S. history.


Literary Heavy Hitters: books that make people go “Whoa, dude!” when you say that you’ve read them.


Popular Fiction: those guilty indulgences that everyone has read (but won’t necessarily admit to it). Warning: this is U.S.-centric, feel free to indulge in your country’s guilty pleasures.


Immigrant Experience (U.S./U.K.): ah, the magical experience of being thrust into a new culture.


Non-Western Classics (Ancient): if Westerners get theirs, so should the rest of the world.


Non-Western Classics (Modern): the stuff that you should read to feel worldly and well-read. (More applicable if you’re from the U.S. or Western Europe.)


Satire: throw in a little giggle into your reading list.

Bookshelf inserts

Bookshelf inserts

I was looking at the bookshelf inserts in the above linked article. I decided that I wanted one. They are adorable! Then, I started looking at prices. Nope. Not happening. While they are beautiful, I just can’t justify spending that much money on decorations for my book stack. I still enjoy looking at the photos of them, though.