Alice Hoffman's The World That We Knew traverses all the areas of France in which I traveled earlier this year, takes place in the past, centers around women's experiences, and includes a magical being. It is all the things I love most in a book. I am completely enraptured. It is good that I have … Continue reading Day 3 of Celebrating Successes: The World That We Knew
I spent the last week transported into the 1600s in Amsterdam. It was winter, and it was cold. And I was very much alone, and very lonely. The reading project is going well. I have made it through The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, and have now moved on … Continue reading Thoughts On “The Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton, ADHD, and Loneliness
Holy cow, last night was the best night's sleep I've had in ages. That's one of the benefits of the clocks changing, I think. By the time you go to bed it's been dark for hours, so you feel like you're going to bed far later than you actually are. I spent the evening putting … Continue reading Winter Sleep is the Best Sleep
I am writing this at 7:30 am. I am at a bakery, with a croissant and a double espresso in front of me, along with The Miniaturist, in case I decide to stay longer than anticipated and want some reading material. I am here because I am longing for France. (Twenty-two days by train in … Continue reading Attempting to recapture travel vibes
(If you're here only for the reading list, scroll down. The table of contents that should appear at the top of this post apparently doesn't display on the WordPress reader.) There is rain in the weather forecast. Days upon days of cold, dreary, rainy days. A reading list titled, "Historical Fiction with a Dash of … Continue reading Historical Fiction with a Dash of Magic: A Reading List
As I write this, it's Monday. It's Monday and I hate it. I want more weekend. I wish I didn't have to go to work for money. Or work at all, if I'm being honest. This isn't something I've ever been honest about with myself or anyone else. I've always felt horrible and guilty for … Continue reading ADHD and not wanting to work
I am so happy to be reading again. Reading as I used to read, where I become completely absorbed by a story and fall in love with time, place, a group of people, or simply the cadence and lushness of an author's choices for word and rhythm. It’s been a horrible challenge to focus well … Continue reading Thoughts on “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society”
If you've never tried a digital detox, even a small one, I highly recommend doing so, particularly if, like me, you are often anxious and you have been diagnosed with ADHD. Removing screens from my existence for the duration of my evenings is a delight. I am calmer. My mind is productively engaged rather than … Continue reading Digital Detox Update: Books! So Many Books!