Victor Hugo, Les Mis, and A Confession

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables because the last chapter of this epic novel was published on this date in 1862.

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Here’s Why This Is My Favorite Movie Soundtrack

As a life-long musician, I am fascinated by music scores. Music has always played heavily in the theater arts, and some plays—musicals and opera—heavily rely on music to convey the story.

Consider that at the start of the movie industry, back when movies were still silent, a music was an integral part of the experience. Typically an organ, but sometimes a full orchestra (in the larger movie theaters which were often opera houses), would accompany the movie and help give context to the silent pictures.

Music has been an important part of movies ever since. And I for one believe a movie soundtracks can make (or potentially break) a movie. Continue reading

Amending My Essay on Attempting to Read Essays

I’m always happy to be proven wrong. Okay, well that’s a bit of a lie. Who likes to be proven wrong? No one, that’s who. But in any case, I was wrong, I am admitting it, and I’m now writing to amend my previous statement.

Last month, I wrote an essay on how I just haven’t been able to finish an essay book. That I had tried reading 3 different collections of biographical essays and did not finish one of them.

Yep, I admitted that I DNF 3 books. Continue reading

My Love/Hate Relationship with Summer

Happy Summer Solstice! 

Today, if you didn’t already know, is the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year for those of us living north of the equator. (So Happy Winter Solstice for anyone south of the equator.)

Although technically, the solstice occurred at 12:24 am EDT when the sun was directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer. But we’ll celebrate all day anyway. Continue reading

I’m Way Behind on My Reading Challenge, But That’s Ok

Every year since 2011 I have participated in the Goodreads’ Reading Challenge. And every year I have met or exceeded my goal. So at the start of this year, I set a particularly big goal for myself—104 books, which meant I needed to finish 2 books every week to meet the goal.

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A fraction of my to-read pile.

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I Finally Tried Audio Books

As you might have figured out, I love books.

I’m a huge fan of reading and all things bookish (you should see my literary tee and tote collection). I always have a book on me (which is why all my bags must be big enough to carry at least one book). And I’m a huge promoter of reading—no matter what type (books, magazines, comic books, graphic novels, e-books)—I support all types, just as long as you read.

But one form I have not tried is audio books. Continue reading

Review: Introvert’s Retreat Box – June Box

UPDATE: A Girl’s Night In is now Introvert’s Retreat Box. Apparently, there was some confusion with the original name and it was thought it was for a girls‘ night in (as in a party) versus a girl‘s night in (one).

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The June Box of the Introvert’s Retreat Box doesn’t disappoint. But first, a quick update on a couple of the products from the May box.

(If you missed my review of the May box, check it out here.) The tea, from

The tea, from The Art of Tea, was excellent. For you tea drinkers out there, I highly recommend The Art of Tea. The chocolate, DAGOBA Organic Chocolate, although milk chocolate (I prefer dark), was smooth and tasty. Would have paired great with a nice merlot or maybe a muscat. And I’ve had lots of fun with the Word search. It’s the perfect size for a purse or other bag, so I carry it with me for when I have a few minutes to spare.

Now, on to the June box. Continue reading