I love my Keurig. Instant coffee or tea. It’s awesome. But sometimes I just miss that wonderful smell of a fresh brewed pot of coffee that lingers in the kitchen and faintly spreads throughout the house.


A Reading Log

I’ve been contemplating using a regular notebook to keep track of what I’ve read. The old fashioned way. In addition to Goodreads. I know. I’m a bit mad. 

But here’s the deal. What happens if Goodreads ever crashes or my account goes to crap? I’ve got years of reading tracked there. Over 1800 books read.  

I’ve exported my shelves in the past as a backup but it has way too much info and I don’t necessarily need the list of what I want to read unless I already own it. And that could definitely and easily be another list. 

But I’m just not sure I want to go through the trouble of transferring all that info to a notebook. 

And where do I begin? I know my shelves on GR have books I’ve read eons ago but have no idea when. I just know I’ve read them in the past so they don’t have dates. Do I transfer those as well? Or just start with what I know as far as dates. 

The idea came about because I got a new Kindle. So I made a list of the 130+ books sitting on my old Kindle. That way I could redownload them as needed and they wouldn’t get lost in the bowels of my Amazon library. 

As I read, I’ve been marking them read with a date and rating. Yes, I’ve also kept all this up in GR, but it’s been nice to see it in print. 

So what do you do? How do you keep track of the books you’ve read?


17286849Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin Griffin
September 10, 2013
433 pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love

CATH IS A SIMON SNOW FAN. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath that she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My Thoughts:

The idea that you can be so addicted to writing fan fiction is what really drew my attention to this book. Carry On was so much a part of Cath’s life, almost to the exclusion of everything else. Then real life butted in and forced her to participate. It was fun to see the change in her during that crucial freshman year.

It was so fun! I also enjoyed the Simon Snow parts and am looking forward to reading Carry On. But I absolutely loved Levi. But wasn’t really a big fan of Wren. I get the whole trying to find yourself apart from your twin, but I think Wren went about it all wrong. Anyway.

The whole thing reminded me of college when I lived in the dorms. But I’m one of the oddballs who actually liked living in the dorms.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


WildflowerWildflower by Drew Barrymore
Published by Dutton
October 27, 2015
288 pgs

Award-winning actress Drew Barrymore shares funny, insightful, and profound stories from her past and present told from the place of happiness she’s achieved today.

Wildflower is a portrait of Drew’s life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences of her earlier years. It includes tales of living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross country road trip, saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the successful, happy, and healthy place she is today. It is the first book Drew has written about her life since the age of 14.

My Thoughts:

I’ve always been a fan of Drew Barrymore. So I was thrilled when I discovered she had written another book. Little Girl Lost is one of the few books in my life that I’ve read/bought more than once. Something about her story resonated with me. I don’t know why because we couldn’t possibly be any different, but that’s how it goes sometimes. It wasn’t easy, I’m sure, but she more than overcame the hard times. She’s truly a strong, remarkable woman.

I absolutely loved the format of this book. Instead of it being a sort-of chronological story of her life, it’s laid out as memories and stories. Each chapter is a story that she shares of a moment, event or person that really impacted her life. She also has chapters that discuss personality traits, like her chapter on how much of a Klutz she claims to be. There was no order, it jumped around in time, as if she wrote as she thought of stuff. It made the book more personal. I’m happy to see that she’s in a good place in life.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars