Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairing

  Nonfiction November Week 2: (Nov. 4 to 8) – Book Pairing (hosted by Sarah of Sarah’s Book Shelves): This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together.  My book pairing for this week's prompt is Friday Black, a collection of speculative fiction short stories by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah with Citizen: An American Lyric, nonfiction essays, images, and poetry by Claudia Rankine. If you found one of these books powerful, I think you'll find the other equally compelling. (If you haven't read either, run to the bookstore.) They both creatively tackle the exhaustion that comes with…

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Nonfiction November TBR

I'm starting off Nonfiction November with One Coin Found: How God's Love Stretches to the Margins by Rev. Emmy Kegler, but I gathered up all the nonfiction in the house that I've been wanting to read but haven't gotten around to. So this is my TBR stack of possibilities (because I'm a total mood reader). Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin The Survivors: A Story of War, Inheritance, and Healing by Adam P. Frankel The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science by Shaili Jain Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers, and Class Struggle by…

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My Year in Nonfiction (So Far)

It's time for Nonfiction November! Week 1: (Oct. 28 to Nov. 1) – Your Year in Nonfiction (hosted by Julz of Julz Reads): Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions. What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? My favorite nonfiction read of the year so far has to be Pema Chödrön's Welcoming the Unwelcome. She is so kind, wise, and down to earth. Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? I gravitate heavily toward memoir when it comes to nonfiction. I enjoy reading about others' experiences and learning from them. What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? The audiobook of Split Tooth by…

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Last Year’s Favorite Winter Reads (#AMonthOfFaves)

Last Year's Favorite Winter Reads Today's prompt focuses on winter reading. Here are six of my favorite reads from last winter. #AMonthofFaves is an annual blog event hosted by Girlxoxo, Traveling with T, and Estella’s Revenge. You can hop in anytime, and find all of the prompts here. No Time To Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin In this collection of essays, Le Guin talks about literature, politics, belief, aging, and life. It is absolutely delightful. She is so interesting! Even when she's talking about her cat, Pard, there's a deeper layer to her musings. She sees the world with such clarity and wonder, and these essays allow the reader to experience that perspective. This book ended up being a smart,…

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100 Days of Practice (#AMonthOfFaves)

For #AMonthofFaves today, we're talking about habits, routines, or rituals that worked for us this year. #AMonthOfFaves is an annual blog event hosted by Girlxoxo, Traveling with T, and Estella’s Revenge. You can hop in anytime, and find all of the prompts here. This year I joined the #100DaysOfPractice challenge on Instagram. The goal was to practice for 100 days in a row. I missed a few days here and there, because I didn't want to count heavy rehearsal/performance days where I was really just playing, not actively practicing. I also challenged myself to work on my weaker instruments, so my Instagram this year has plenty of embarrassing clarinet and saxophone clips. Flute For the flute family, I focused on…

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Book Bloggers I Love! (#AMonthofFaves)

Today I'm sharing ten of the many book bloggers I love! This is part of #AMonthofFaves, an annual blog event hosted by Girlxoxo, Traveling with T, and Estella’s Revenge (all of whom I also love). You can hop in anytime, and find all of the prompts here. I went into hermit mode—combined with a severe reading slump—for a good chunk of this year, so I'm only recently getting back into the swing of things in the online book community. A few years ago I wrote about book bloggers who make me happy, but most of them are either no longer active, or had moved over to posting about books on social media exclusively. (A. M. Blair is the last person standing from…

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Six Books Worth/Not Worth the Hype

#AMonthofFaves is an annual blog event hosted by Girlxoxo, Traveling with T, and Estella’s Revenge. You can hop in anytime, and find all of the prompts here. Today we're talking about books that are worth (or not worth) the hype. I like to end on a positive note, so I'm going to start with the books that disappointed me, and leave you with the books you've got to read! Books Not Worth the Hype 1. All Systems Red by Martha Wells Okay, first, the agender/asexual rep here is abysmal and very obviously cis-centered, there was no real research or care taken with that. I could write an entire review based on that alone, but those readers will recognize it right…

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Easy Crockpot Meals (#AMonthofFaves)

#AMonthofFaves is an annual blog event hosted by Girlxoxo, Traveling with T, and Estella’s Revenge. You can hop in anytime, and find all of the prompts here. Today is the 2018 Favorites Edition. My work schedule this year has been more hectic than usual, so I tried to be better about planning out meals. Mondays through Wednesdays are my longest days, so I use the crockpot. That way, dinner is ready as soon as I'm finished working. Here are my family's top five favorite crockpot recipes from 2018. All of these happen to be tree nut-free (C is allergic) and are easy to convert to gluten-free (I have celiac). 2018 Favorite Easy Crockpot Meals 1. Garlic Butter and Chicken Pasta…

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Nonfiction November Week 3: Diversity & Nonfiction (Transgender)

Week 3: Becca from Lost in Books asks: What does diversity in nonfiction mean to you? Is it about the topic or theme of the book? Or is it the race or ethnicity of the author? Do you have any recommendations for diverse nonfiction books? Are there any topics that you’d like to see written about and/or read more widely? I've mentioned before that, to me, reading diversely means being brought into the experiences of characters who are different from me. Sometimes this means temporarily setting aside my own lens in order to experience/understand another culture, race, gender, etc. (A Diverse Reader and Her Pilgrimage to Literary Wabi-Sabi). Since the Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place this week (November 20), I thought I'd…

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Armchair BEA: Interview with Kate Barber, Book Artist

A musician friend of mine (Hi, Patrick!) came through town a few weeks ago, and I had the opportunity to get to know his wife a bit better. Kate just finished up a degree in something I think most (if not all) of us book lovers will find absolutely fascinating: Book Arts. Visit Kate Barber's website to see stunning examples of her work. You can also visit her blog, Between the Pages, which is chock full of photos and descriptions of some of the processes involved in creating books. Today we are free to choose our own topic for Armchair BEA, so I asked Kate if I could interview her with all many of the questions I had swimming about in my…

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