Category Archives: Reflection

Reading in Recovery: Fourth of July Creek

As Gillian alluded to in an earlier post, we both took an extended break from writing for the blog due to a serious illness on my part, requiring a seven month hospital stay. I am happy to be recovering at home now. While initially I was in no state to read, physically or mentally, sometime around […]
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Pulitzer Prize Anticipation

In anticipation of the upcoming Pulitzer Prize in Literature announcement, I decided to get down to business and take on Donna Tartt’s 700+ page The Goldfinch. I had been quite reluctant to read it for two main reasons. Firstly, I noticed a lot of contradicting opinions on whether or not this book actually merits such […]
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Most Memorable Books

In 2014, I read more books than I ever have in the period of one year. Probably by at least double. Before I get into why that is, which will be another day, I want to take some time to acknowledge the books that have most affected me in the last year. Theses are not […]
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On Writing

As mentioned in my previous post, Reading In Crisis, my husband Mark is in the ICU. He has been in the hospital exactly 25 days now; 19 of them in Intensive Care. As you can imagine, this has turned almost everything in our lives upside-down. He obviously can not work, our three children (aged six, […]
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Reading In Crisis

Why do I willingly subject myself to such depressing reading material! Here is my pretty significant life problem right now— my husband of eight years, father to my three children, my best friend- Mark Hollett, is currently laying in ICU in critical but stable condition. He is 34 years old. What. The. Hell. I am […]
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The Quick: Why I quit reading after 90 pages

I usually don’t sit down to write immediately after wrapping up a book. I like to give myself at least 24 hours to both distance myself from the emotion of the story, and let the meaningful themes and ideas sink in. But tonight, I am a bit upset, and I’m not waiting. And if this book […]
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Fathers Day Book Recommendations

When I was a kid, I don’t remember my dad reading with me much. What I do remember, is that as a teenager he read books for his own personal journey like The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Six Thinking Hats. The fact that he seemed to be attempting to improve himself was really […]
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My Top Ten of the Year (So Far)

In the last week, it seems like many “Best of 2014” lists have descended, from places like TIME Magazine and Chapters Indigo. While I have heard most of the books talked about or reviewed in one place or another, I do not exactly agree with the choices. However, I haven’t read all of the picks, […]
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June is National Aboriginal History Month

I first heard of John Demos’ latest book, The Heathen School on an NPR Books podcast. They featured a great teaser for the listeners and it certainly piqued my interest. The premise of this school was to bring in “heathens”— native americans and asians predominantly, educate in the language, religion and culture of a Christ-centic […]
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Do you Skim?

Do you skim? I mean, when you read, do you actually process every word through your optic faculties? Or do you take in only a few words that your eye somehow deems important? Maybe even, for the sake of your life efficiency, do you actually process every sentence on the screen? Yes, I did restrict […]
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