Guest Post: Characters That Grow Up and Change With You

I was at the cusp of age twelve when I read the first book in Ann Brashares’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Of course, I fell in love with the book (and still love it now). The friendship of Carmen, Lena, Bridget and Tibby were ones that I held dear to my heart. I was in awe of Bridget’s fearlessness, equal parts frustrated and understanding with Lena’s timidity, related a little too much ………

Miniature Musings: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

“Hello and welcome to Carrie’s voice mail. Due to recent electroconvulsive therapy, please pay close attention to the following options. Leave your name, number, and a brief history as to how Carrie knows you, and she’ll get back to you if this jogs what’s left of her memory. Thank you for calling and have a great day.” Fisher is candid, sarcastic and wonderfully honest – she is open about her illness and this honesty is ………

Guest Blog: On the Relative Worthlessness of Book Lists

I’m relatively nonplussed about ‘books you must read’ and other lists of that sort. I like to know what one must read in order to keep up with the Joneses, but the fact that many of the books are repeated gets, well, repetitious. It’s understandable, of course, that the lists are similar, and the books may stand the test of time, but I can’t help feeling there is so much more to a reading life. ………