• Books

    I Read a Book This Year

    This time a few years ago, I would’ve been into the double-digits of my reading. I’d be zipping through books left and right. So far, in the first 27 days of 2020 I’ve read one book (all the way through), and I might even start it over again. Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life, by Caleb Wilde, could not be more firmly in my wheelhouse. I’ve always been fascinated with books about death…from cadavers to crematories and death practices around the world, from wondering if the cat will eat my eyeballs to good ole fashioned horror stories. I’m not super focused on death,…

  • Uncategorized

    Dewey’s #Readathon Six-Word Story

    Welcome to the Six-Word Story challenge for Dewey’s October 2019 Readathon! Your task is simple. Write a “story” about “spooky season” in exactly six words. Feel free to comment your story down below OR link up to wherever you’ve shared your story. The winner will be announced at the end of the Readathon and will win a $10 gift card to the online book retailer of their choice. Good luck!

  • Faith,  Love

    Eshet Chayil: Carry On, Warrior!

    I wrote about Rachel Held Evans on my old blog several times. Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again was my favorite book of 2018. It’s also the only book that’s ever prompted me to follow through on the urge to flip back to the first page and start reading again, immediately. Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church was a favorite from 2017. She was one of my favorite people on planet earth, and she died yesterday….at 37, leaving two babies, a husband, and a community of admirers behind. Many of whom had their lives changed because of her writing, her kindness, and…

  • Miscellany

    Shameless AF

    I haven’t read any of Nadia Bolz-Weber’s work yet because I have about eleventy gazillion books waiting on my Kindle, but this Tweet makes me want to bump her WAY up on the list. Tragedy reminds us that the stupid shit we usually care about really doesn’t matter at all. Grudges. Ambition. Being right. Being wrong. Jealousy. Who owes us $20. Cellulite. The comments section. Etc. — Nadia Bolz-Weber (SHAMELESS af) (@Sarcasticluther) April 23, 2019

  • Faith

    When I Say I’m a Christian

    I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. –Matthew 10:16 Professing one’s faith comes with a lot of baggage. Look at the media. Look at the evangelical community in the news. Our crooked lawmakers, backwards, faux-Christian President, and prosperity evangelicals. I cringe. I know others do. I wonder what people think when I profess my faith? Are they wondering if I’m one of “those” Christians? The kind that get off on hatred. The kind that take their cue from the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’s day–the religious leaders who enjoy(ed) their high position, the best seats in the…

  • Miscellany

    Fourteen Years and an Indefinite Hiatus

    Well, I knew it was coming. I’ve fought it with everything I have, y’all, but all I want to do is crochet, and I spend most of my reading time neck-deep in faith stuff. It’s just not in my heart to write about books the way I have before. Right now I do not see a return from this hiatus. I might be completely wrong, but this is what’s been percolating for a while. I’ve developed a pattern that every time I’m “off” for two weeks after an academic quarter, I feel refreshed and invigorated and READY TO BLOG. Then when I’m back to work, I just don’t have the…

  • Books

    I Buy Books Every Day

    I’ve never felt as “bad” about buying ebooks as I do about buying print books. That is, I don’t usually freak out when I accumulate a ton of ebooks, but when the physical books start pouring off the shelves because there’s just no more room, I cannot handle it. Let there be culling! Lately, I find that I buy almost a book a day. Sometimes two. Those Book Riot Deals of the Day get me every. single. time. And if I’m proactive and go straight to the Kindle Daily Deals (I usually don’t), I’m toast. As long as my wallet isn’t screaming, I don’t find this book-a-day ebook buying habit…

  • Books

    Two Quick Reads (Nope, Three) to Start 2019

    Amulet: The Stonekeeper (#1) by Kazu Kibuishi is a book I picked up for Greyson on Monika’s recommendation. While G. hasn’t picked it up yet, I dove in on New Year’s Day and ate it right up. It packs a sad, sad punch with two children and their mother losing the kids’ father to a car crash in the opening pages. Cut to two years later, and they move into the mother’s mysterious family home, and the story is off and running with plenty of fantasy, sci-fi, and action. I know Greyson will love this when he finally picks it up, and I can’t wait to read the second installment.…

  • Books,  Events

    Favorite Books of 2018! #amonthoffaves

    Welcome to the final day of 2018’s #amonthoffaves! Today we’re looking over our favorite books of the year. While I only read 60 books in 2018, there were some big winners that will stick with me for a long, long time. Super Favoritest Books of the Year Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand is the feminist badassery I’ve been looking for all year long. Three young girls discover they have primordial powers to destroy evil and they will do it their way. Inspired by Rachel Held Evans is a book I’ve mentioned a gazillion times, so let’s make it a gazillion and one. If you’re a progressive Christian or interested in…

  • Books,  Miscellany

    Sunday Books and Stuff #3

    Happy 4am Sunday! Yep, I’m awake early…again. This is becoming a normal thing, which I suppose is fine since my schedule shifts soon and I’ll be busier, earlier on most days. Reading |I have two books up my sleeve right now. I’ve made a return to Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland. I started it months ago on audio, and the audiobook was WONDERFUL, but I was still wrestling with a slump. I decided to start over completely, and I’m reading it on my Kindle this time. I’m loving it as much as I did the first time. I’m also reading through Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins. It’s been ages since I finished a short story collection, but I think this collection is just the…