Happy February! (Plus a New Look)

Hi, blog friends.

It’s been a much longer time than I had anticipated.  I apologize for not checking in.

Last you heard from me, I was going to be blogging less due to NaNoWriMo.  Have I been writing my novel this whole time?  Is it still November?  No, and no.

I’ve been silent for a few reasons:

  1. I DID work on a novel in November, and I also took a writing class at the Loft Literary Center.  Both were worthwhile endeavors.
  2. 2017 was a year where I focused on my health in ways I never had before.  Making my health a priority led to putting less time and energy into other things, and at the end of the year, blogging had to wait for a bit.
  3. After taking a two-month break, I had to ask myself: Why do I blog?  What do I want to accomplish with this platform?  Do I even still enjoy this?

I’m glad I took this break, and while I don’t have all the answers to number 3, I DO still enjoy this.  I DO want to share my thoughts on books and writing.  So for now, I’m going to.

Which led to the blog getting a slightly different look if you didn’t notice 🙂

Anyway, enough of that life update.  Here’s what you can expect in the coming weeks:

  • a review of Provenance by Ann Leckie
  • a review of Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas
  • a review of Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
  • a review of Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes

… and a few other reviews.  See, at least I’ve still been reading!

Connect with you soon, friends.


In Which I’m Excited for Lots of Upcoming Things

Hey y’all!

This blog has been heavy on the reviews and light on the other stuff as of late.  I’m not sorry at all, but I do want to take a moment to share some exciting things with you:

Lona Chang: A Superhero Detective Story


Remember Silver Tongue?  And how I’m a huge AshleyRose Sullivan fan?  And how I’ve been waiting for the sequel to Awesome Jones?  WELL IT’S FINALLY (ALMOST) HERE!  Lona Chang comes out on September 8, and I’m not sure I could be more excited.



Provenance by Ann Leckie

Okay, okay, okay, OKAY.  Ann Leckie is coming out with a new book!  You know how much I love the Ancillary trilogy, and this new book is set in the same universe but with different characters and outside the Radch empire.  I’M SO INTRIGUED.  It drops on September 26.. EEEE!

Speaking of Ann Leckie…

On October 2, I will get to meet her and ask her to sign my copy of Ancillary Justice.  No big deal.  EXCEPT IT’S A HUGE DEAL!  She’ll be at Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction bookstore in Minneapolis.  I’m going with my husband and some friends, and we’re already nervous…  Wish me luck – mostly that I don’t make a fool of myself.


Alright.  Sorry for the excessive capitalization… now back to your regularly scheduled review programming.  Be looking for my thoughts on Difficult Women by Roxane Gay and The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu soon!

Happy 100!

Oh my word.

Something amazing is happening as we (I) speak (type).

This is my 100th blog post!

Friends, I wasn’t sure that I’d ever make it here, but I did.  It took a while due to blogging less in 2017 to focus on other writing endeavors.  But here we are!

To celebrate, I’d love to look back at some big milestones that have happened in this blog.  Let the nostalgia begin:

Book Review Highlights

  • Speaker for the Dead
    • Where I discovered my new favorite book of all time.
  • The Warrior’s Apprentice
    • My first Vorkosigan experience.  Seriously, I’m still head over heels for these books.
  • A Monster Calls
    • Where I ugly cried the hardest and had a heart-breaking and healing read.
  • Eight Skilled Gentlemen
    • The biggest surprise.  Who knew I would love this so much that I’d write my first ever fan letter? (My friend, Stella, knew.  That’s who.)


Book Tours




Life Stuff

Since starting this blog I’ve:

  • Gotten married
  • Moved
  • Lost 3 loved ones
  • Gained 2 new nieces and 1 new nephew


That’s crazy if you ask me.  So much life has been lived since in my first 100 posts, and I’m excited to see what happens to in the next 100!



Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood

From September 2015 to September 2016, I spent every other Sunday evening helping to teach a class at my church.  A group of 10 of us set out to read and discuss the entire Bible in a year.  It was both challenging and eye-opening, and we ate a lot of snacks and got into a lot of arguments – two of my favorite things.

During that experience, I really struggled with how women are talked about and treated in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament.  It’s something that I talked about with my class and other friends as well.  Once the class was over, I still didn’t feel like my thoughts had been resolved, and I didn’t see others really wrestling in the same way  I was.

Until I found A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans.

In this book, RHE sets out to follow the commands and emulate the exhortations of the Bible regarding woman – all of them that are within her power, anyway.  She changes the way she dresses, the way she communicates with her husband, the way she makes the decisions, the types of food she buys and eats, and so much more.

Evans has received a lot of criticism for this project, particularly from Evangelical Christians who claim that she was practicing poor interpretation and application of the Bible.  But here’s my take on it.

Rachel Held Evans took a subject that was incredibly raw and real and dove right in.  She didn’t stray from the difficult parts of the Bible that so many people ignore.  She chewed on them, tried to apply the principles of them to today, and tried to really get a sincere understanding of what the Bible has to say about women: something that I don’t see anyone else doing in that same way, but I think desperately needs to be done.

Evans made me laugh out loud, she made me cry multiple times, and I’ve found myself continuing to come back to many of her thoughts as I think through what it means to be a woman in the church and a woman in this world in general.

A Year of Biblical Womanhood was refreshing, challenging, and encouraging and a very accessible and easy read for anyone who’s thought about the disconnect between what many Christians say they believe about woman and how they actually treat them.  And for those who haven’t thought about that disconnect: this book might be even more eye-opening for you.

New Year, New Goals

It’s 2017!  Huzzah!  I’m nearly 3 weeks late on that – sorry, friends.


I wanted to share a few of my goals for reading and writing (and blogging) for this upcoming year.  You know, give you all something to look forward to.

My Goals for 2017


  • Send out more queries for Bombshell
  • Finish first round revisions for The Legend of Elliot Major
  • Send The Legend of Elliot Major to my writing group for feedback
  • Finish second revisions on The Legend of Elliot Major
  • Finish the first draft of Novodah’s Myth


  • Read 52 books this year
  • Read 6 more Hugo Award winning novels


  • Review each of the books I read
  • Post on my blog at least 4 times per month


There you have it!  I know that last goal is a definite decrease from my blogging this past year.  But I really want to focus more of my time and energy and writing and revising.  So, while I’ll keep you updated on my reading and writing journeys, it may be less frequent.  Just trying to manage your expectations.


What are some of your goals for 2017?

Review: The Last Colony

Oh my word.  I finished reading this a couple of weeks ago, and I just realized that I never shared this review.  That’s what a week in Colorado will do to you, I guess… excuses, excuses.

Ok.  Here goes.

The Last Colony by John Scalzi is book three in his Old Man’s War series (you can check out my review of book two here) which I love.  It’s face-paced, funny, and easily accessible.  It’s military science fiction that doesn’t get bogged down in the science and technology.  I highly recommend the OMW series for non-science fiction readers who want to give the genre a shot.

Book three definitely did not disappoint.  We get to see some old, beloved (by me, anyway) characters in new circumstances.  We get to see important relationships development – complicated marriages, teenagers and parents, commanding officers giving questionable orders.  So much believable internal and external conflict.

Not only that, but Scalzi is back with some huge questions: is it right to sacrifice individuals to save a group?  Is right to sacrifice a colony to save humanity?  Is it right to sacrifice humanity to save hundreds of other sentient species?…  Dang.

Throw in a healthy mix of duty, politics, and outsmarting the bad guy when you’re outgunned, and that is The Last Colony.

I’m excited to read the rest of the series, though I am sad to report that books four, five, and six move on from my favorite characters.  Scalzi, I’m sure, has many more worthwhile stories in this universe, though.  So I’m not THAT sad.