Review: WILD

Cheryl Strayed’s prose is magnificently beautiful and painful. Her journey from the Mojave Desert to the Bridge of the Gods is full of inspiration in so many ways. The movie is sure to amplify all the feelings the book already caused.

Check out my latest review over at Utne.


Reading for Fun, Multiple “Currently Reading” and Book Blogging

Listening to the latest Dear Book Nerd episode today got me thinking, and motivated to blog about some of the same topics they discussed—book shaming, book blogging, and how to read more than one book at time.

Book Shaming: “Reading for Fun”

There is a large part of me that hates the idea of “reading for fun.” It implies that only certain books, genres, or categories are fun/enjoyable to read. I love YA, genre fiction, and many other types of book as much as the next person. But not once have I ever felt like I’m not having fun reading Russian literature, historical fiction, or literary fiction. Each one brings it’s own value and kind of satisfaction and fun to the bookshelf.

No one should be ashamed of what they read. Ever. At least you’re reading! It’s all just some form of book shame. Am I right?!?

Reading More Than One Book at a Time

I guess I’ve simply never considered that people only read one book at a time. (Not that there is anything wrong with that at all!) Coming from a family of readers, I think most of us were always reading at least two things at a time. Now that smartphones and e-readers are pretty ubiquitous it’s so much easier than it used to be!

Amanda Nelson and Rita Meade briefly discuss how they manage to juggle reading multiple books, which made me realize that I do, in fact, have a system.

How I Read Multiple Books

Occasionally I do read one book at a time, but more often I’m reading 2-3 books at the same time. A print book and an e-book. I’ve yet to delve into audiobooks, but if I did I imagine that might increase the book number.

My Kindle is relegated to YA (DivergentPretty Little Liars, etc) and new-to-me authors that I want to test before really committing (John Green, Murakami). If I can find Classics that I’ve managed to live nearly 30 years without reading for free, they live on the Kindle too.

Currently, I’m reading two print books, but they’re so dissimilar that nothing gets confusing. Wild is my reading at home or lunch book. While Designing the Editorial Experience gets read bit by bit so that I can fully process and consider the ideas presented.

One Hundred Years of Solitude is the last book I recall being a book monogamist with. Mostly because it was so engrossing that I had no choice but to devote 100% of time to it! #sorryimnotsorry

The Book Blogosphere

Last, but certainly not least, book blogging. I can relate and understand the questions posed by reader “Bring my Books.”

I wouldn’t say that this blog is niche, or even particularly special in any way. I don’t have a ton of followers, shares or interactions, and honestly, I don’t care. If nothing else, it gives me a space to talk about books to my heart’s content, even if posting is erratic and infrequent. I read plenty, but some books just don’t leave me with a lot to say in regards to reviewing. So, I skip them. There’s nothing wrong with that.

CHEERS, to a random bookish post! CHEERS, to having a place and community to talk about books! CHEERS, to reading as many, or as few, books as you like simultaneously! and CHEERS, to all the ways that make reading more accessible and easily managed!