Author: Elaine Marie

Book Quotes: A Collection

Most people keep a notebook full of quotes that pop out, inspire, or simply speak to them. I fill my cork board with a billion little pieces of paper with quotes scribbled on them. Usually I use a piece of paper as a bookmark specifically for this purpose, and I’ve always planned on typing them …

The Definitive Reading & Listening Guide to Constance Hale’s “Sin and Syntax” – Part I

Have you ever read through a book that mentions other books, authors, certain music, etc. and thought “I should take note so I can look that up later“? Well, I had just that experience about a chapter into Constance Hale’s Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose. It’s been roughly two and a …

The Skinniest Books On My Shelf

this image shows seven books by various authors. all books are thin and vary in color. each is an example of the title of the blog post "The skinniest books on my shelf."

All of us have a handful of one-sitting reads. Those books that are so thin and, in general, short that, as long as you aren’t a snail-reader like me, you can read in one go. I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m a slow reader, but even I got through each of these in …

A Book Read A Thousand Times

Persuasion by Jane Austen

This is just a quick appreciation post dedicated to Jane Austen’s Persuasion. First of all, I’d like to express my greatest gratitude to this book (ergo Jane Austen) for introducing the exemplary character of Anne Elliot. I immediately fell in love with Anne’s example of humility and patience as life — whether through the sought …

Book Review: “The Sisters Brothers” by Patrick deWitt

It feels appropriate to drink whiskey (which is what I’m currently doing) while writing about this book. Not only does whiskey often make an appearance in this book, but I feel like whiskey was the aesthetic deWitt was going for. The Sisters brothers are hired hands for a man called The Commodore. It’s with blank …

Life: Fantastically Ordinary

What if I want to live a perfectly ordinary life?  What if I don’t want to rush, and push, and force my way through life only to stumble out the other side wondering why I didn’t breathe every once in while? A while ago I read this blog post in which the author talks about accepting …

The Art of Buying Books on Amazon.com

If you’re anything like me, your budget is maxed out with silly things like gas and insurance, with only a handful of random extra dollars for fun things like wine and books. But then again, if you’re anything like me, you will still spend money on books. What always gets me, though, is the insane …