Titles link either to my review or a review elsewhere on the web.


Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. Not as good as Rebecca, but I did enjoy it. I knew the surprise twist quite early, and of course because of the time in which this book is written, despite Mary Yellan being a very brave, tough woman, at the end of the day she is saved by a man, and gives up her dream to follow his.

The Universe vs. Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. I have had this book on my to read pile for several years. I really enjoyed, and was pulled in by, the first few chapters, and I was really touched by the ending (I confess I even cried a bit). But, I do think the middle plodded a bit. There is A LOT of detail that didn’t, in my opinion, serve the overall narrative. I found myself skimming through many paragraphs to get back to the story. But the characters were very alive and I’m sure will remain vivid for a long time to come.

Writing and Story

Creating Short Fiction by Damon Knight. A good overview of the craft of writing a short story. I can see myself referring back to this resource when writing.

General Non-fiction


Self Development

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero She says a lot of things I’ve heard before, but has a good take on them. But I really have to break my addiction to advice. It feeds my interest in thinking, even changes my thinking at times, but doesn’t always have lasting impact on my actions.

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles. This was an audiobook. I kept drifting off. It was an odd book. Not really sure what I think of the advice. But it did make me realize audiobooks aren’t my thing.