Young Adult Potpourri

A Mixed-Bag During the academic term, I typically find myself reading a lot of young adult fiction. Young adult fiction, while often tackling very serious real-world issues, also tends to be highly readable for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is its reading level. These novels are often well-paced, logically divided, and…

Find Me by Andre Aciman

"Time is always the price we pay for the unlived life." Andre Aciman's Find Me (2019), the highly anticipated sequel to Call Me By Your Name, has much in common with its predecessor, with some significant differences. Its structure and themes are similar, though much time has passed between the first novel, which revolves entirely around Elio and…

To Be Thankful When

Thanksgiving. It's never been my favorite holiday. Halloween, yes, with all its childish humor, suspended reality, neighborhood fun and friendly competition. Independence Day, too, which is a shock for most people to learn. I'm not a patriotic person, but there's something about summertime barbecues, a family of friends, and shimmering colors lighting the dark that…

Another Clumsy Chord

The weather is changing. Do you remember the line from Mary Poppins? Winds in the east, mist coming in, / Like something is brewing', and about to begin. Thanksgiving in the Las Vegas Valley is usually a mild time. The tradition for most is to barbecue because temperatures are usually in the 60s and 70s.…

November Checkpoint #TBR2019RBR

It's November and the TBR Pile Challenge Continues! Folks, this is a RED ALERT. We are running out of time. With just 6(?) weeks left in the 2019 calendar year, I hope you have plenty of time available to finish your challenge books and get your posts linked-up for the grand prize!  (Should we do…