Musings: New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2016! I’m still struggling to transition from “Two thousand sixteen” to “Twenty sixteen,” let alone the shift from ’15 to ’16, but in the meantime, here’s my reading-related resolutions: Read 60 Books The Goodreads Challenge was super helpful in jump-starting my reading. Before committing to 52 books and tracking them via Goodreads, I read…

Musings: My Favorite “Santa” Story

Photo credit: Las Vegas Weekly’s article “The Ballad of Ryan Pardey.” I love a good story, whether it’s via book or song. And this week, I’m taking a look at some of my favorite Christmas tunes. Not the hymns. Not the cloying pop ditties you hear every year. But the Christmas songs by one of…

Musings: Don’t tell me what I can/can’t read

If there’s anything that infuriates me, it’s someone saying “you shouldn’t/can’t/won’t read this.” In honor of Banned Books Week, let me recount the reasons why it fills me with such rage. In 6th grade, I was reading a YA sci-fi series about a girl who discovers she’s a clone. I made the mistake of bringing…

Musings: Reading Joan Didion for the 1st Time

You know how once you’ve heard of something and/or someone and then all of a sudden they’re somehow everywhere? That’s been happening to me with Joan Didion. So it’s no secret that I love the band Best Coast. I’ve seen them a couple of times, and Bethany Cosentino, the singer, is a fun person to…