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seven post-baby reads

My sweet baby boy is now one month old. In that one month, he’s put on an impressive four pounds of adorable baby chub. While he guzzled sipped politely all the way to twelve pounds, I finished seven books. I suppose seven books in a month isn’t terribly impressive – unless I’m in a true […]

summer reading list 2016

My last post here was on May 10th. It took me multiple weeks to pull that one off, and that wasn’t even… like… a real post. I figured I had one or two more posts in me before the baby arrived – a summer reading list and something else. So I got to writing that […]

reading wishlist: top of the request list

The first quarter of 2016 is coming to a close, and I have to say… I’ve been off my reading game. This isn’t unfamiliar territory; I think my reading slows down once or twice a year. I’m starting to pick up on the signs. The piles of half-read books. The increased podcast to audiobook ratio. […]

2015 National Book Awards

Well, it seems I have somehow missed the window for blogging about the National Book Awards longlist… and judging by how long it takes me to churn out a fully-formed post these days, I’m criss-crossing my fingers that by the time you darling readers see this post, I won’t have missed the window for talking […]

seven half-read books

Three months left in 2015, and I have already read 140 books. So I decided to take it easy last month. And read one book. One single, solitary book. A statistical anomaly in my years of recorded reading life. Probably hasn’t happened since college, if then. High school? Never? I don’t know. The book I […]

horn book at simmons 2015

Friends, family, and other concerned parties: I am still alive and reading. Well, assuming you consider picking up a different book every day and reading 10 pages before putting it down to watch an episode of Gilmore Girls to be reading. At any rate, I am alive, and full intending on returning to this blog […]

Summer Reading List 2015

I kind of thought it would never show up. That the crazy-busy winter and springtime would never end. That the snow would never melt (oh wait, it didn’t) (update: it just did) That I’d never be released into the freedom that is “Summer Reading.” I spent the official solstice on an interminable flight – San […]

reading wishlist: the rest of 2015

So let me get this straight… there are books published *after* May 31st, 2015? You don’t say. Despite my lack of attention to the entire second half of the year (or, you know, the rest of my life and the world at large), here’s a handful of books that *still* managed to catch my attention. […]

BEA 2015

Four days after The Big Selection Day, I hopped a bus down to NYC for a quick trip to BEA. It was probably an ill-advised trip – yeah, strung-out Jessica, why NOT take a solo jaunt down to the city that doesn’t sleep to attend the craziest book conference available? Ahem. Anyway, I tried to […]

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards 2015

Hey! It’s time for another book award post! Remember when I used to post these? (Remember when I used to post anything?) Well, the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced this past week, and I want to show you who won…   because I was a judge!   Oh, that was an awkward lead […]