Reading cookbooks for fun? Yes!

I always thought that anyone who said that they read cookbooks for fun was just plain crazy. Come on, it's a reference book! It seemed like sitting down on the couch curled up with a cookbook was as ridiculous as taking a Webster's Dictionary and reading it from cover to cover. For me, cookbooks were about finding … Continue reading Reading cookbooks for fun? Yes!

Books in Progress

In my living room, I have an entire shelf of books devoted to "books people have lent me" and "books in progress."  Actually, the shelf is starting to overflow.  I love to read every day.  Lately though, I just haven't had the time to sit down with a book and really make as much of … Continue reading Books in Progress

Julie and Julia

Has anyone read this book, Julie and Julia by Julie Powell?  I just finished reading it here, in Italy.  I am on vacation and spending a good deal of time on planes, trains, buses, and in a car.  This is time which I am content to spend looking out windows and watching the rolling hills … Continue reading Julie and Julia

Readers and Writers Networking Sites…

In this constant struggle of mine to find (make) time for reading, writing, and discussion, I have joined a few sites online.  (As well as two book clubs which is a whole other story!)   I am not sure if these sites will help me find more time or less, but I guess that only … Continue reading Readers and Writers Networking Sites…

On a blustery, cold night

There's really nothing quite like a good book, a warm blanket, and a hot cup of tea on a blustery, cold night.  (Knowing that I don't have to get up for work tomorrow is nice too!) Wishing you all a relaxing evening. ~Melissa 🙂

There’s a storm…

There's a storm approaching the New York area.  I think the news said that it would hit New York City around 5pm and it seems to be right on schedule.  I can hear the thunder rumbling every so often and the sky has gotten dark pretty quickly in the last half an hour or so. … Continue reading There’s a storm…

New book by Nicholas Sparks

I have been a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks since his first book, The Notebook, was out in paperback.  It was funny how I learned about the book because I was actually given a free copy from a book vendor who sold books to pharmacies.  (I think that I also got a reference book about … Continue reading New book by Nicholas Sparks


 Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli I promised a review of this book in my recent reading post, and here it is. I loved this book very much.  I have to say that right away.  I had heard about it for a while and knew that Jerry Spinelli was a good writer, but never really thought that … Continue reading Stargirl

Recent reading – August 2008

Even though much of what I tried to read this month was reading-for-fun, August always means that school is not too far away, and so there were several must-read-before-September-gets-here additions to this recent reading list.  (Any teachers, middle schoolers, or parents of middle schoolers reading the list may particularly appreciate these titles and recognize them … Continue reading Recent reading – August 2008

Recent reading – July 2008

I thought I would share some of the books that I have read recently. I was very busy until the end of July with graduate classes, but as soon as they were finished, I found time to read for fun again.  Please let me know if you have read any of these books, what you … Continue reading Recent reading – July 2008