Book Club/Reading Benefits (according to research) Boost Memory and Cognition (Source)Increase Social Skills (Source)Reduce Stress and Anxiety (Source) (Source)Increase Longevity (Source) (Source) Improve Your Quality of Life (Source) Book Club Benefits (according to me) A Chance to Discuss Your Recent Reads/Share a Love of ReadingConnect SociallyMake New FriendsAfternoon or Evening OutExpand Your Reading HorizonsGain New… Continue reading Why Join A Book Club?
I've been thinking a great deal about female friendships recently -- the ebb and flow, the inexplicable ties that bind, the diversity -- and how each relationship (despite its length or size) adds to who we become -- often without us realizing it. While reflecting on friendship, I began to notice this topic explored in… Continue reading Female Friendships in Life & Literature
The above question was overheard in a Vancouver Island coffee shop during a blustering snowstorm. A young female barista and a middle-aged male customer bantered how they each might spend their snowed-in weekend. This question (actually, I believe it was a statement) surprised me. I began to wonder how many others would feel the same.… Continue reading “Who Even Reads Books Anymore?”
Finishing Up My Christmas Reads In our last bookshelf chat, I left you with a poll asking which Christmas book I should read next. Here are the results. Survey said -- get thee to thy nearest screen! So, rewatch The Holiday I did. As often as I've seen that film, I fall for it Every.… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf This January?
I'm that girl who tends to fall down rabbit holes. Very. Far. Down. My current rabbit hole began with this simple National Geographic Magazine. I'd heard about Blue Zones before. Yup, those five longevity hotspots (Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California) where residents tend to live longer,… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf: The Blue Zone & Cookbook Edition
Here are my October reads (with Villette, a paced book club piece, still in progress). In glancing through this bundle, many of these selections are considered to be (or to involve) 'literary classics.' This begs two questions. 1. What defines 'classic literature'? Collins dictionary offers this simple definition:"Classic literature is of very high quality and… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf: Why Read the Classics?
'What's On Your Plate' will go live tomorrow (Wednesday, October 6). Deb and I would love for you to join us and share a dish (or two) that you have enjoyed this past month (regardless of who made it). You can share in the comments, in a blog post, on Instagram or in any way that you… Continue reading Reminder: What’s On Your Plate and What’s On Your Bookshelf — Coming Soon!
How is it the middle of September already? Seriously!! August was a whirlwind, and September has been rushing past at breakneck speed. Still, I did manage to sneak in a few books. My online book club finished reading and discussing The Tenant of Wildfelt Hall. As usual, we broke the book into four sections and… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf This September?
This month's ‘What’s On Your Plate?’ will go live on Wednesday, August 4. My cohost, Deb, and I would love for you to join in. Let us know something that’s been on your plate this past month. It could be breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dine-in or dine-out. You can share with a simple photo, a few words… Continue reading A Reminder and An Introduction