Mini-Reviews: the Marie Kondo (Konmari) Books

I borrowed The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and its sequel Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up from a friend and read them both, one after the other, over the course of a weekend. I was hoping for inspiration; I’m moving to a newRead more

“The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell

A coworker loaned me The Sparrow several months ago, and I’ve been slowly savoring it.  It’s a literary science fiction novel about first contact with an alien species, and everything that can go wrong.  In 2019, we discover a transmission of music from another planet, and the Jesuits put together an expedition to travel to and meetRead more

Mini-Reviews – Scott Hawkins & Jenny Lawson

So, it’s been a while since I blogged.  The space bar on my computer was broken, and I know y’all don’t want to read anentireblogpostthatlookslikethis.  That would be painful.  Now that I’m back, I’m going to dive in with some mini-reviews of books I’ve read semi-recently but haven’t gotten a chance to write dedicated postsRead more

“The Black Fire Concerto” by Mike Allen

After seeing glowing reviews at The Little Red Reviewer, Lynn’s Book Blog, and Just Book Reading, I knew I had to read The Black Fire Concerto.  I’m on a book-buying hiatus until the government shutdown ends and I have a regular paycheck again, but lucky for me, it is available through the Kindle Owner’s LendingRead more

“Warbreaker” by Brandon Sanderson

I read Brandon Sanderson’s “Warbreaker” as part of a groupread hosted by Amanda and Naithin.  For anyone who didn’t participate in the read-along, here’s a brief spoiler-free review: Princess Vivenna has spent her entire life being prepared to marry Susebron, the God King of the neighboring country of Hallendren.  War between the two kingdoms is imminent,Read more