I am halfway through my yearly reading challenge! So exciting! To my knowledge, I've never read 50 books in a year – and certainly not so many long ones! Making a reading plan at the beginning of the year was definitely a huge help to getting this done. Even 25 books in a year is … Continue reading

8 Steps to Building the Perfect Summer Reading List

Happy Memorial Day! While this may not be, technically, the first day of summer, it's the day we all think of as the REAL beginning to the season of warmth! And with that season comes a renewed desire to read! Get tan, take it easy, and devour your bookshelves! But how do you decide which … Continue reading 8 Steps to Building the Perfect Summer Reading List

Little Women

A simpler read, Little Women is a 3 on my 5-Star Reading System *What is this?* Four sisters and their mother navigate the complexities of domestic life and battle with their own inner demons. With humor and pathos, they question the meaning of femininity, the relationships between men and women, the nature of love, and … Continue reading Little Women

Lust

Cry beyond the cage of birth Crowding toward the crushing earth Creeping in the soiled skirts Of carnal lust and losing mirth. Laughing loud in loyal love To gain a shred of laughter rough In breathing in the layered lore Of life forgotten and forged l’amour. Loving lust and lousy grime To grovel low in … Continue reading Lust

Coming of Age (or Internal) Genres

So, before I continue on the path of laying out each individual genre in this continuing series, I think it's good to take a moment to talk about the category 'Coming of Age'. This is the Internal Genre, where the story is driven by the hero's personal struggles, rather than a villain they must defeat. … Continue reading Coming of Age (or Internal) Genres

Romance

It's been awhile since I've done a post about genre, and I think it's overdue. Romance is another of the simple genres, so I'm going to get that one out of the way with this post. Most of us could say right off the bat what a romance genre is. Romance begins with two people … Continue reading Romance