I've never actually been to Wisconsin, having grown up in the southeast, but after reading The Simplicity of Cider, by Amy E. Reichert, now I kind of want to go.
Um, you might notice there wasn't a books on tap last month. There was an author on tap, and it was a godsend I had that opportunity, because, well, I didn't really finish an entire book the month of April.
Yes, I still have a pulse. I am not in the Greenville County morgue. I've just been busy...doing some creative writing. And when I write the way I have been lately, I can't make myself focus on a novel. I can't let myself be distracted by another writer's voice. As B succinctly put it, "You're in output mode, not intake."
Leave it to the engineer to get straight to the point.
Last October, I had the privilege to read and review The Yellow Envelope, by Kim Dinan. She hooked me with this phrase:
It was a truth that the most essential part of me had always known. I needed to see the world. I needed to write. I didn't have to know why. Wanting it was enough.
Does this ring any bells? Sound like anyone you might, just might, know?
Oh, and to really ratchet up the creepy factor, she too has a husband named Brian. Look, I can't make this stuff up.
I know in this space, in this Books on Tap, I talk a lot about good books. And that's important. Writing a book is a lot of hard, hard work. When you do it well, it should be rewarded.
But what about the not-so-good books?
I really hate reading on my tablet, but despite that, all my books this month were ebooks. Three were books I'd been granted to review from NetGalley, and two were Amazon Kindle Daily Deal $1.99 ebooks that I couldn't turn down.
Despite my distaste for reading electronically, each of these books was really good. I highly recommend them all - but then, I suggest you buy a paper copy instead :)
Wow - the first month of 2017 is already done. How crazy is that? It's time for our first Books on Tap of the year!
My goal this year is to read fewer books, but really savor them and read more intentionally. I'm not sure whether this month could be considered a success or failure. I read more books than I thought I would, but I did feel like I savored them all (except my one DNF - Did Not Finish). I guess we'll see how February goes. We'll be traveling a lot, so that cuts down on reading time in one aspect - but in another, it offers a lot of time in planes and cars to read. Anyway.
What are you currently reading? Do you have any reading goals for the year? Is there a book I absolutely must add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!
Okay, is it just me or has December been a little nutty? I mean, it's not like we even have very many people to shop for, and still somehow the month got away from me, with very few books to add to this list. Eh, well...we made it. It's almost a new year, with all the bright shiny blank pages that entails. Thank you, dearly, for being a follower/subscriber this year. I love you all!
I don't think it was mere coincidence that, shortly after I was given my new healthy eating marching orders, I saw Nourishing Meals on Blogging for Books. Filled with an entire year's worth of gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free whole food-based meals, this cookbook might just be our saving grace.
Fairly certain God was sitting up there all, "Dude, I've got to send her some kind of book about this whole eating thing, because that's how she learns, and otherwise she's gonna starve to death."
Whew. Oh, hai, last day of November. We made it, y'all, we made it. Fall, you are wearing me out - but sometimes in a good way. Because election hoopla is the world's best excuse to turn off the TV and read, and two eight-hour flights (one of which stretched into a 24-hour travel day...ugh), plus a lot of lazy days in French cafes, offers a lot of time to attack the to-read list. So here's what I've got for you this month as we wrap up November. Enjoy!
Y'all, I don't know where October went or what even happened. From a yoga retreat to Hurricane Central, husband out of town for two weeks, furniture market, and heaven knows what else, I. am. exhausted. I'm looking forward to going to France next month because the idea of 7-8 uninterrupted hours on a plane where all I have to do is read or sleep sounds divine. But despite all the crazy, I did manage to get some stuff read this month. Check out the books below - some good ones, some duds. Ah, well.
xoxo, and happy Halloween!