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reading diary | Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens was a new release last year and when I first heard about it I instantly knew it was a book I would love. It seemingly had everything I could possibly want in a novel. It's a historical fiction, which is one of my top favorite genres. It follows the coming-of-age of a young girl. It has been endlessly praised for its gorgeous writing. And it has a murder mystery woven throughout the story.

I couldn't get a copy fast enough.

carrying the banner | writing lessons from journalism


I never thought that journalism would agree with me. The life of a journalist can seem glamorous. Writing and traveling, researching and interviewing interesting people. However, I like to be creatively free in my writing. I don't like to be tethered to crunching deadlines with cranky editors scrutinizing my hard work. There's a lot of pressure to be a journalist, and it didn't seem like the life for me.

Over the summer, though, I got the opportunity to get a taste of journalism first hand. Some people I know were starting up a local arts newspaper and asked if I could intern for a little bit as a writer. I only worked for a couple months, and I only wrote a handful of articles. But from that little bit of experience I developed a whole new perspective and appreciation for journalists.

adaption in audio

A lot has been said about audiobooks over the years. It almost seems like a tired, overdone subject to discuss. As audiobooks have become more popular through Audible and other services, debates on whether or not listening to audiobooks should count as reading have polarized the bookish communities online. There are people who are adamant that audiobooks can't replace physically reading a book. And then there are others who can only find time to enjoy books through audiobooks. It can become a heated topic among bookworms.
But audiobooks fascinate me, and I have a lot of thoughts and opinions about them that I have never seen any other book blogger/reviewer talk about.

reading diary | The Snow Child

I am very much a seasonal reader. There are some books that demand to be read during certain seasons, and I will put off reading certain books so I can read them during the perfect time. Children's classics like Anne of Green Gables are for spring. Settling in the cold winter months with a long high fantasy novel is my favorite. Mysteries and thrillers are for fall, and I only read young adult contemporaries during the summer. While there is some overlap, there's a literary timeline going through my head at all times.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is a book I truly believe should only be read during the winter.